Backpacker Bars

25 Jul

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
What happens when you combine blondies and a granola bar? Backpacker bars! You thought I was going to say blondola bars didn’t you?

I believe the fine folks at Betty Crocker dubbed these “backpacker bars” because a) they give you “energy” on a camping journey through the wilderness and b) they make a great backpack snack for the kiddies. We can debate the accuracy of these assumptions, including if peanuts, chocolate, sugar and flour really make for lasting “energy” or a good “snack,” but one thing that is not up for debate on this blog: oatmeal + chocolate + peanuts = delicious.

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Like I said, these are a cross between a blondie and a granola bar. They are thick and chewy and packed with oatmeal, peanuts and chocolate chips.

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Something about the oatmeal sprinkled on top says “I’m healthy!”

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Then there’s those chocolate chips that say “I’m a treat!”

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
And then you eat them and decide that you are too progressive to put labels on deliciousness.

Backpacker Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
The “secret” ingredient in these bars is the Golden Grahams cereal. I never have that in my pantry though. Instead I use Teddy Grahams or graham crackers.

Backpacker Bars
by Betty Crocker

1 1/2 cups Golden Grahams® cereal
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

Heat oven to 350ºF. Crush cereal (or teddy grahams, or graham crackers). Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cereal, 3/4 cup oats, the baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in 3/4 cup of the peanuts and 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips.

Spread in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts, remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons oats.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

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