This past Saturday, I could not get rid of my craving for something chocolate. I looked through almost every recipe I have and nothing seemed to pop out. But when I looked through my Best of the Best from North Carolina cookbook, these bars looked like they would hit the spot. The recipe says they are popular with hikers in the North Carolina mountains. The bars are dense and packed with ingredients to give you energy. I altered the ingredients some to make them to my liking, but anyway you chose to make them, they are good!
Snowbird Trail Bars
1 cup butter (I used Smart Balance butter sticks)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 bag chocolate chunks or semi sweet morsels
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/2 cup coconut (optional)
Cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Sift the flour and baking soda together and add to the butter mixture. Mix well. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, nuts and coconut. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and press the cookie mixture down into the pan, spreading until even.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson