Multi Grain Bars
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and in households across the nation that age old ritual has begun. The Countdown. The date is circled in red on the calendar -T – 46 days and counting. But in our house, this ritual has been turned on its ear. The countdown isn’t marking days until school is out, but days until CAMP!! And this is revolutionary because….??? It’s revolutionary because it’s MOM who is going to Camp! Yep, that’s right, I am channeling my inner child and am officially going to CAMP – Camp Blogaway!!!! Cabins, hikes in the woods and s’mores by the fire. But that isn’t all!! You see, this is a camp for food bloggers!!!! There will be discussions about photography, food styling and all kinds of other amazing things. The best part though?? The best part will be hanging out with other food bloggers. Wanna come?? It’s not too late – Just go to Camp Blogaway to sign up today!
Of course, having the right snacks for camp is crucial – no self respecting camper would leave home without them. So, in anticipation of a busy summer packed with camping and hiking, I have been playing around with recipes for trail bars and thought I’d share my latest one with you – and if you decide to join us at Camp Blogaway, you can try them there!!
(inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light)
1 cup applesauce
2 cups puffed multi grain cereal (such as Kashi )
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
¼ nonfat dry milk
¼ toasted wheat germ
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, raisins, dried blueberries)
¾ cup flaked coconut
Spoon applesauce onto several layers of paper towels and spread out. Cover with several other layers of paper towels. Place cereal in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add flour, sugar, milk, wheat germ, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Scrape in applesauce and add vegetable oil, egg whites and vanilla, dried fruit and coconut. Pulse until ingredients are combined. Spread mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the bars comes out clean. Cool on a rack and cut into bars!!!
These keep very well and are a great addition to your backpack for a hike!!