Raisinets Energy Bars

1 c. puffed rice cereal
1/4 c. almonds
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. chocolate-covered raisins (dark or milk)
3 c. pitted and roughly chopped dates
1/2 c. roughly chopped dried apricots
1 c. old-fashioned oats
1/4 c. walnuts
1/4 c. sunflower seed kernels
1/2 c. no-stir almond butter

Combine cereal and oats in large bowl; mix and set aside. Place almonds, walnuts, sunflower seed kernels in food processor; process until everything is the size of bread crumbs. Pour into medium bowl. Add raisins to food processor, process until chocolate is ground and raisins are in smaller pieces (size will vary and that’s okay). Pour into same bowl as nut mixture; stir to combine. Place dates and apricots in processor until mixture turns into a thick paste. Once paste forms, add almond butter and continue to process until well combined. Add chopped nuts and raisins to paste mixture. Process again until everything is well combined. Pour into bowl with puffed cereal and oats; stir to combine (use your hands to get mixture evenly blended). Spread mixture evenly into foil-lined 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper; press down on mixture in pan with heavy can or bottle to further compact and smooth mixture. Refrigerate at least four hours. Lift mixture out of pan using the foil. Slice into bars. Bars can be wrapped in waxed paper to take along for a snack.

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