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Raise Your Energy Bar; Hiking the Trails This Fall? Bake Our Homemade Energy Bars and See How They Stack Up against the Competition

Magazine article Sunset

Raise Your Energy Bar; Hiking the Trails This Fall? Bake Our Homemade Energy Bars and See How They Stack Up against the Competition

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Peanut butter cranberry go-bars

SERVES 16 TIME 1 hour, plus 30 minutes to chill

Loaded with good-for-you ingredients, these not-too-sweet bars still taste like a treat, and they'll withstand cold, heat, and being stuffed in a backpack or pocket. Natural peanut butters vary from brand to brand in terms of spreadability; we prefer Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Nutty Peanut Butter, because it makes a moister, chewier bar.

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  Cooking-oil spray
  1 cup regular rolled oats
  1/3 cup oat bran
  3 tbsp. flax seeds
  1 cup whole-wheat flour
  1/2 tsp. each baking powder and salt
  1/2 cup each chopped roasted salted peanuts;
    dried cranberries; and finely chopped
    dried Mission figs
  3/4 cup natural chunky peanut butter
  1/4 cup low-fat milk
  1 large egg
  1/2 cup honey
  Finely shredded zest from 1 lemon
  1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1. Line a 9-by 13-in. pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on the 9-in. sides, and coat with cooking-oil spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, oat bran, flax seeds, flour, baking powder, salt, peanuts, cranberries, and figs until well blended. …

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