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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Friday Food: Travel Energy Bars

We have a long long road trip coming up this weekend (by the time this is out we will probably be in Omaha, NE).  We obviously want to stay as healthy as we can which isn't easy on the road so we did some digging to find options that not only would be healthy for us but would also taste good, not spoil and generally would be a good option.  Check out what we found.

Ingredients:
-1/4 cup melted coconut oil
-3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
-3 tbsp brown rice syrup
-1/4 cup ground flax seed
-1 1/4 cups apple sauce
-1 tsp vanilla
-3 cups rolled oats
-1/2 cup raisins
-1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
-1/4 cup sunflower seeds
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
-Makes 12 bars
-Preheat oven to 325 degF.  Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper

-In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the melted coconut oil, peanut butter, and brown rice syrup and stir until melted.  Remove from heat.  Add the ground flax seeds, apple sauce, and vanilla, and whisk to combine.

-In a large bowl, combine the oats with the tired fruits, seeds, cinnamon, and salt.  Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and store until well combined.

-Transfer the mixture to the baking pan, pressing with your hands to create an even surface.

-Bake until golden, about 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan.  Lift out and cut into 12 pieces.

-Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Wrap individual bars tightly for transporting.
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