Almond Caramel Popcorn Power Bars

Makes 12 bars

The granola bar gets a makeover.

Ingredients

8 cupspopped JOLLY TIME® Healthy Pop® Butter Microwave Pop Corn
3/4 cupold-fashioned oats
1/2 cuppuffed brown rice cereal
1/2 cupflax nugget cereal
1/2 cupchopped dried apricots
2/3 cuppacked dark brown sugar
1/2 cupbrown rice or agave syrup
1/2 cupsmooth almond butter
1 tspalmond extract
1 cupbutterscotch chips, if desired

Directions

Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Mix popcorn, oats, cereals, and apricots in large bowl. Mix sugar, syrup, and almond butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Stir in almond extract. Pour hot sugar mixture over popcorn mixture, mixing until all dry ingredients are coated. Using a spatula or wet hands, press popcorn mixture firmly into an even layer in prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Lift from pan with foil; cut into bars (bars are chewy and will soften at room temperature). To increase portability of bars, melt butterscotch chips. Dip the bottom of each bar and place on a wax paper-lined pan. Refrigerate until coating is set. Wrap each bar in waxed paper or plastic wrap; store in refrigerator.