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Colorado is one of the fittest states in the nation because its inhabitants are so lucky to be living near the Rocky Mountains where summertime is playtime for the majority of folks. Since there are so many activities offered, such as hiking, kayaking, camping, off-highway travel, and so much more, keeping the energy level up can be difficult when taking part in these activities; therefore, many outdoor explorers grab energy bars that will help them keep that high energy level. That’s great but the only problem is, do they know what a good energy bar is?

All energy bars provide energy because energy, in the pure sense of the word, refers to use of calories to propel oneself. Since some energy bars contain over 400 calories (more than in many candy bars) and up to ten grams of fat. Many energy bars do contain added vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other important substances; however, they do not contain the natural fibers, phytochemicals, and high quality proteins found in less-processed foods.

Here is a simple Fruit and Nut Energy Bar recipe that can be changed into many different bars by changing the nuts or dried fruits:

1 Cup Rolled Oats
¼ Wheat Germ
¼ Cup sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons Flax Seed Meal
¼ Cup Almonds
¼ Cup Cashews
¼ Cup Dried Cherries
¼ Cup Dried Blueberries
¼ Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ Teaspoon Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a glass pan with cooking spray.
2. Spread oats, wheat germ, nuts, and seeds on a sheet pan and toast for five minutes while stirring occasionally.
3. Combine honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved.
4. Add the finished oat mixture to the saucepan along with the dried fruit and mix.
5. Press and form mixture down in greased pan then bake for 15-20 minutes.
6. Cut into eight servings and store in air tight container for up to one week.

Calories: 205
Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams

* Published by JPFreek Jeep Adventure Magazine – The leader in Jeep and adventure enthusiast publications.

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