Bars of Iron

This recipe packs a powerhouse of nutrition and was acquired along with my Wheels of Steel Cookie recipe from a newspaper column sometime back in the seventies. Last month my mother had brought over the article yellowed with age after I had lamented about these treats after one of our morning talks. Thanks Mom!

You could mix this up several ways depending upon the types of  dried fruits or nuts/seeds on hand. A great nutritional bar that travels well; just wrap and carry in a pack to enjoy after a hike or some time outdoors.

Bars of Iron

1 cup dark raisins
½ cup golden raisins
1/3 cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup golden molasses
1 egg
1 ¼ cup of whole wheat flour
¼ cup nonfat milk
¼ cup toasted wheat germ
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ginger
½ cup liquid milk
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds

To prepare:

Chop raisins, cream butter, sugar, molasses, and egg together. Combine whole wheat flour, nonfat dry milk, wheat germ, baking powder, soda, salt and ginger, and mix lightly. Blend into creamed mixture alternately with liquid milk. Stir in oats, raisins and half the almonds.

Turn into greased baking pan (9 x 13 x 2) and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cup of almonds. Bake in a moderate oven (350F) about 30 minutes, until bars test done. Cool in pan , then cut into bars. Makes about 2 dozen bars. Enjoy!


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