I love tasks!
Well, most of the time. Sometimes tasks really suck. Like my OChem homework. Nottt a great task.
On the other hand, it’s my favorite thing when someone asks me to make something for them. Especially when my boyfriend asks, but he never does! He’s perfectly content with just eating whatever I take out of the oven.
BUT! The other day we were driving home from the grocery store and he gives me a task – bagels and food bars. I readily agreed.
Feel free to alter this recipe to whatever you like to find in your trail mix bars. If you don’t have pepitas, replace them with something else. If you feel like chocolate chips, just throw some in there. If you don’t like almonds, well, you’re crazy. But It’s okay to omit 🙂
Trail Mix Bars
Print this recipe! Makes 10 bars.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rice krispies
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (feel free to add more – that’s all I had!)
1/4 cup pepitas
1 egg replacer
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare egg replacer and set aside.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the egg replacer and stir. Add 1/4 cup of the maple syrup and stir until all ingredients are moistened. If it doesn’t seem wet or sticky enough, add another tablespoon of maple syrup. Continue until you have a uniform stickiness, but don’t have any maple syrup pooling at the bottom of the bowl.
Place a piece of parchment in an 8×8 baking dish. Dump contents into the dish and smooth with a spoon. Take another piece of parchment and press the mixture into the pan. Press really hard!! You’ll feel like you are squashing them way too much. You’ll feel like you might end up with a hockey puck instead of a food bar. Keep going.
When the bars are sufficiently squashed, pop them in the oven (without the top parchment – that’s just to keep you clean) for 15-20 minutes.
When the edges start to brown (look closely; it can be difficult to tell), take them out of the oven to cool. Letting them cool completely is key. If you try to cut them while they are warm they will just fall apart. I put mine in the fridge overnight.
When they’re ready to be cut, use a large, sharp knife and just press down. No sawing necessary. Yum!
Calories Per Serving: 160
Total fat: 5.6g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 20 mg
Potassium: 107 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 27 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Pritein: 3 g