Marc's high fiber energy bars

Yield: 48 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Dried prunes -- pitted
⅔ cup Orange juice
½ cup Chopped nuts
¾ cup Margarine -- soft
¾ cup Packed brown sugar
¼ cup Honey
1 Egg
1½ cup All-purpose flour
1½ cup Rolled oats
¼ cup Wheat germ
1 teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt

* Substitute ½ cup dried apricots for half of the prunes if desired.

Fiber content will remain about the same.

1. Combine prunes (and apricots if using) with the orange juice in a blender. Blend until almost smooth, scrapping down the sides of the blender a few times. Stir in the nuts; set mixture aside. 2. In a large bowl, cream the margarine, sugar and honey. Beat in the egg.

Mix in flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda and salt to blend thoroughly. 3. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spread a little less than half of the flour mixture evenly in the pan. Spread the prune mixture evenly over the mixture in pan, keeping the prune mixture to within ½ inch of the edges. Crumble the remaining flour mixture over the top to cover the prune mixture. Pat down gently. 4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 30-35 minutes or until browned and springs back to the touch. 5. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars about 1 by 2 inches each.

Yield: 48 bars.

Recipe By : Jo Anne Merrill

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