Saturday, March 30, 2013

When the Dead Come Knocking (part 2): Trail Mix Bars

As the Group prepares supplies, Rick shares a heartfelt goodbye with Carl. Carl confides that Daryl has been calling the baby "Little Ass-Kicker." Rick smiles and asks Carl what he thinks her real name should be. Carl chooses the first name of his third grade teacher...Judith.

A heartbroken Hershel urges Rick to bring Maggie and Glenn back safely.

Rather than say a goodbye, Daryl approaches Carol alone to tell her to stay safe and the rescue party finally departs for Woodbury. They leave knowing they may never see each other again. 

Along with flash-bangs, tear gas and weapons, the rescue party would have taken at least a few provisions. Trail Mix Bars are easy to transport as well as high in calories. Having only 7 ingredients, they are easy to prepare and flavorful. They would have been packed carefully; perhaps knowing that food may be as critical for their survival as the weapons themselves.

And when the dead rise; let the ex-cons do the dirty work.

Trail Mix Bars

3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 rolled oats (instant or regular)
1/2 to 1 cup oat bran
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 to 2 cups trail mix (any brand or flavor). Any large pieces of dried fruit/nuts should be chopped or diced

Melt honey and peanut butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat or medium coals over a campfire. Stir in rolled oats, coconut, and 1/2 cup of the oat bran and mix well over heat. 

Stir in vanilla extract and trail mix. Mixture should be very stiff and not appear too moist. If needed, stir in additional oat bran (a few tablespoons at a time) until mixture is the desired consistency.

Spread into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula or spoon and allow to come to room temperature. Slice into bars and wrap well in plastic wrap. Makes about 10 bars.


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