Recipe: Trail Bars

My sister-in-law asked for a recipe for granola bars. I used to make these all the time when I went backpacking. They’re easy to carry, tasty and give good energy.

1/4 cup butter
4 cups small marshmallows
3 cups crispy rice cereal
3 cups granola

In a sauce pan, melt the butter.  Add in the marshmallows and melt them into the butter.  Remove from heat.  Mix in the cereal and granola.  Butter a flat pan.  We use a glass, square or rectangle pan.  While the mix is still warm, spread it into the pan and press it flat.  (If you like it fluffy, press it less, but it might fall apart easier.)  Cool it and cut it into appropriately sized pieces.

Of course, the magic is in the granola.  You can use any granola you like, but here’s my favorite recipe (or close, anyhow).

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup silvered almonds
3/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix it all together and spread it on a cookie sheet (or 2 if needed).  Toast it. 

You might be able to toast it in a wok, but I’ve never tried that.  And it would undoubtedly take some practice.

We toast it in the oven.  300 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes or so until it’s the color you want.  I like it pretty dark.  The darker it is the better the roasty and carmely flavors.

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