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Trail Mix Bars

3 cups rolled oats or quick-cooking oats
2 cups trail mix OR any combination of dried fruits, nuts and seeds (your choice)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas, apple butter, apple sauce, or any fruit puree

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together. Line a cookie sheet with foil and pat the mixture onto it about 1/2" thick. Bake about 20 minutes -- do not brown. Let cool slightly and cut into bars, or just break into chunks (much easier).

Yield: about 16 "bars"

Note: If the mixture seems too dry to stick together, add more fruit puree or a little yogurt.

Variations: You can vary this basic recipe endlessly, using any combination of dried fruits -- raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, bits of apricot, pineapple and so forth; and any snack seeds or nuts. My favorites are pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. Pre-mixed trail mixes make the job even easier. Tom Fritz suggested the mashed bananas, which make a delicious, moist bar. He also recommends using "Ann's Nut House" brand trail mix.

June 21st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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