This is a great recipe for taking on a hike, a picnic, camping, or just to have in the car for a pick me up! From Foodnetwork.com
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds
- 1⁄2 cup dark raisin
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisin (I sometimes sub prunes or dates,cut up)
- 1⁄2 cup dried apricot
- 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1⁄4 cup golden molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1⁄4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt (mineral salt from the health food store is good)
- 1⁄2 cup milk (2% is preferable)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Place oats and sliced almonds on a baking sheet.
- Toast in oven for 10 minutes.
- Set aside.
- Turn the oven to 325°F.
- Place raisins, apricots, oats, and almonds in a food processor.
- Pulse about 10 times until coarsely chopped.
- Set aside.
- In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter, brown sugar, molasses and egg until light and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, combine both flours, dry milk, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.
- Add to the creamed mixture.
- Add the milk and mix thoroughly.
- Add dried fruit mixture.
- Butter a 13x9-inch baking pan.
- Pour in the batter and spread evenly.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until set.
- Cool in the pan. Cut into 18 (1 x 4-inch) bars.
- To store, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap or those little snack baggies.
- Will keep for about 1 week. For longer storage, freeze for up to 3 months.
These ckae bars had a yummy flavor but did not hold for very long :( They were at their finest just freshly baked, otherwise they were just so-so.
I never would have thought about grinding the nuts, fruits, and oats, but it makes all the difference in the texture; it's not like a cake-y pastry holding together large chunks. I didn't have any almonds, so I substituted them with 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and used 1 3/4 cups of mixed fruit and nuts. I also didn't have any wheat germ, so I used wheat bran instead. The result was delicious... thanks Sharon!
I also made these my own after reading previous reviewers. I used a combination of fruit and nut medley for my 1 1/2 cups of dried fruits. Also added a 1/4 cup whey vanilla protein powder and 1/4 cup dry milk. Beefed up the whole wheat flour some and - from the white. Thanks Sharon. I've been meaning to make this for quite some time. I should mention too that I made and wrapped them individually for the freezer for easy snacking whenever. Made for Cook-Book Tag~