Contributed by: NAPSA
Why Almonds Are An Essential Ingredient (NAPSA) - A well-stocked pantry means having essential ingredients on hand for easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Take inventory -if almonds are in your pantry, then you have the most essential ingredient. So, what makes almonds so great?
Almonds are the best of both worlds as they are packed with plenty of flavor and nutrients, providing heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin E, and essential minerals. In fact, research shows that when people add almonds to their regular diet, their overall intake of these important nutrients increases and helps them to meet dietary recommendations. Just one handful, about an ounce of almonds (or 23 almonds), can be an important part of a healthy, nutrient-dense diet.
So, go ahead, open up your pantry and make almonds an essential part of your day!
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving excess paper on edges. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread into pan. Press firmly.
Bake for 10 minutes. Pull on parchment paper to remove from pan and cut into 24 bars while still warm-six on one side and four on the other. Store airtight for up to 5 days.
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Serving Size: Makes 24 Bars
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