Trail Mix Bars are something special. I loved how these tasty bars turned out. I started with a friend’s Congo Bars recipe and added, dried pineapple, papaya, mango, figs, craisins, almonds, oatmeal, coconut, and lastly–M&Ms!!! Yum. This is a dense bar just filled with goodies. They are chewy in places, crunchy in places, and oh-so good. I was actually trying to come up with some kind of a breakfast bar-type cookie, but this is probably more like a dessert since it has so much sugar. 🙂
I got the idea for these, oddly enough, after making the Tropical Key Lime Bars a few weeks ago. Those bars have dried pineapple and mango in them and I loved the chewy taste of the dried fruits in those cookies. So, I thought to myself, why not make something along the line of Trail Mix cookies or bars? I would expand upon the fruits and other ingredients and try to make a bar-type cookie that’s similar to eating trail mix–albeit a little sweeter! I was at our local H-E-B grocery store a few weeks ago when I saw a stand in the produce section with all kinds of dried fruits. I could have gotten cherries and blueberries, too, but I wanted to use more tropical fruits instead of dried berries. I was really happy with how these turned out.
If you want a marvelous bar-type cookie that tastes like Trail Mix, then make up a batch of these jewels sometime. They include everything but the kitchen sink! If you have a hard time finding dried figs, you can always substitute dates (mejool are the BEST) or golden raisins and both would certainly work fine in this recipe. I made two batches of Trail Mix Bars so my pictures reflect a lot of batter. Hope you enjoy them.
Trail Mix Bars are really chewy because of all the dried fruits inside.
The oatmeal and almonds make these bars quite hearty.
The M&Ms provide a chocolate lover’s delight! They’re nice and gooey the way a brownie-type bar should be, too!
Here’s what I did.
Place softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. (These ingredients are for two batches of Trail Mix Bars).
Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal, almonds and coconut.
Dice dried pineapple, mango, papaya and figs and add with craisins to bowl.
I had to transfer everything to a larger bowl in order to stir since I had two batches of dough. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread mixture into dish and pat down until smooth.
Sprinkle M&Ms on top of dough and press the M&Ms into the dough slightly.
Bake at 350 about 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Trail Mix Bars make a delightful, if sweet, breakfast bar! I loved the crunch from the almonds, oatmeal and M&Ms, and the chewiness from all the dried fruits.
Ah, yes, Trail Mix Bars are loaded with M&Ms. Yum. This side view shows a little of the texture of the dried fruits in the bar-type cookie.
Here’s the recipe.
TRAIL MIX BARS
(Recipe inspired by Nena Meimaris’ Congo Bars, Baptist Convention of New England, now living in Thessaloniki, Greece)
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 ¼ cups brown sugar, packed
- 3 eggs
- 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup coconut
- ¼ cup finely diced dried papaya chunks
- ¼ cup finely diced dried pineapple rings
- ¼ cup finely diced dried sliced mangos
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup finely diced dried figs (stems cut off)
- ½ cup M&Ms
- Mix butter, brown sugar, eggs, baking powder, and salt with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Add flour, oatmeal, almonds, coconut, papaya, pineapple, mangos, cranberries, and figs.
- Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Spray a 9×13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Spread dough into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle M&Ms on top and gently press into batter.
- Bake at 350° about 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
If you’re not big on figs you can substitute dates or golden raisins for a great taste as well. Trail Mix Bars are hearty, filling, satisfying, and downright delicious!
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