Recipe of the Week: Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”) by C.J.

Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”), by C.J.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup *pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup *sunflower seeds
  • 8 Tbsp butter
  • 6 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar (or just brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup dried fruit, such as apricots, cranberries, or raisins

Directions:

  1. Mix oats with seeds, spread out on tray and bake 15 minutes at 180 degrees.
  2. To make the “glue” that holds these together, melt and simmer butter, honey, sugar, and peanut butter together for 5 minutes.
  3. In large mixing bowl combine your wet into dry ingredients; mix well, then stir in dried fruit.
  4. Spread out quickly onto a sheet pan, use your hands to press into your desired thickness as it will begin to cool and harden fast.
  5. Cut into long bars or your choice of shape and size. (You may choose to refrigerate them to set up first before cutting up.)

These will store in an airtight container for several weeks.

Variations:

For a nut free bar: In place of peanut butter use sweetened condensed milk. Substitute some chia seeds for an equal amount of sesame seeds

Experiment! I’ve made this recipe with dried pineapple and shredded coconut, chocolate bits, a variety of nuts, and another favorite is with bits of dehydrated apples and cinnamon.

* If you are using home grown seeds, they need to already be prepared.

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