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Crispy grain and nut bars, sweetened gently with barley malt

The recipe below, courtesy of Eden Foods, is a good example of a healthy dessert that is sweetened with the gentle sugar substitute barley malt.

Crispy Grain and Nut Bars
1/4 cup Eden Organic Barley Malt Syrup
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries chopped
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
2 cups organic crispy brown rice cereal

-Place the barley malt and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
-Reduce the flame to low and simmer for 5 minutes until the syrup thickens.
-Place the crispy cereal, dried fruit and seeds in a mixing bowl.
-Pour the hot syrup over the mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all ingredients.
-Lightly moisten a glass baking dish with cold water. Place the mixture in the baking dish and press it down firmly.
-Place the dish in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes, allowing the syrup to harden.
-Remove and slice into bars.

Barley malt syrup is readily available in most health food stores under the Eden Organic label.

Click here to view the list of all 7 natural sweeteners.