Well- I promised the recipe for the bars I used for my sweetie to take with her to her Pioneer Trek. As a success note- she tried her best, and ended up only needing to rely on these bars once. (whoo hoo!!!!)
So, I found the original recipe here; and she does a really great job with cooking photos (which I don’t) so I am going to let you hop over to her site for that kind of details if you need them…
So, here’s the original recipe ingredients…
2 cups oats (regular or quick)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons honey
1 3 oz package jello (orange or lemon–these bars already have a high sugar content, and a sweeter jello just makes them more sweet)
3 Tablespoons water
- Mix oats, powdered milk, sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Mix water, jello, honey in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil.
- Add jello mixture to oats mixture and blend well with a mixer. If the dough is too dry to stick together, add water one tablespoon at a time- here in dry Arizona, I needed 4 tablespoons to get a mix that clumped, but was not too wet.
- After it’s thoroughly mixed, press into a lined (with parchment paper) 9″x13″ pan. (*if you put another parchment paper on top, you can use your rolling pin, then discard the top paper) Make sure to press it down firmly.
- Cut dough into bars before you bake, and ensure they’re completely cut through. (I cut it into 24 bars, in a four pieces by six arrangement.)
- Bake bars at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove from pan and allow to cool. (Alternatively, you can dehydrate them at 145 degrees for 4-6 hours.) (the goal is totally dry)
- After dry and cooled, separate bars and package in a foodsaver bag or mylar bag.
We used quick oats, for an easier to chew bar, and orange flavored jello; and I also added 1/4 Cup chia seeds, for the added protein and nutrition I have been trying to get into her. The resulting bar is really sweet tasting (which she loved) and tasted a lot like a lemon drop in crunchy form. For myself, I might try reducing the sugar a bit next try, but it doesn’t bother me much as this is not a diet bar- it’s a trying to get food IN my kids bar. 🙂 Even so, it is still way under 200 calories per bar, when cut into 24 bars like I did, which easily compares with commercial brands. I found another blog that tried this recipe too- and he did some basic math for calories- for those who are interested, here.
We are already planning our next flavors- starting with strawberry. And I have also started playing with an idea in my head for bone-broth crackers. I’ll let you know if they work.