Baked ahead of time, these nutrition-packed walnut trail bars are the perfect
snack for long trips, hikes or even work commutes.
3 cups oats, old fashioned, rolled
1/3 cup brown sugar, light, packed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups California walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup cherries or cranberries, dried
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup apricots, dried
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup honey
Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
In bowl, whisk together oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
Stir in walnuts, cherries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut and sesame
seeds; set aside.
In food processor, process apricots until broken up, about 1 minute. Add
butter, process until a paste forms, about 1 minute. With motor running, pour in
honey until well blended. Fold into oat mixture until well combined. Pat evenly
into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
Bake in the center of oven until golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to rack
to cool completely.