Joe Ninneman, Nutrition Services Manager and Chef at Aurora Medical Center – Hartford and Aurora Medical Center – Grafton; along with Kayla Halverson, Registered Dietitian, System Cbord Coordinator for Aurora Health Care, share how you can make this tasty Apricot Almond Dessert Bar.
This straightforward dessert is a simple, healthy alternative to satisfy that sweet tooth without sacrificing flavor. By including dried apricots, peanut butter, almonds and cereal as the main ingredients, this dessert features an emphasis on whole grains, proteins and natural sugars/sweeteners.
A little bit of chocolate goes a long way to push this dessert to the next level. A creative presentation on the plate catapults this into a decadent dessert that can please the palates of children and adults alike!
1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy
¼ cup margarine
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 cup rice crispies cereal, crushed
½ cup dried apricots, finely snipped
2 tablespoons almonds, toasted and chopped
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ teaspoon Crisco shortening
18 each mint, fresh leaf
18 tablespoons sugar free whipped topping
Yields 18 servings
Fat 9 grams
Sodium 105 grams