Our chickens have been laying eggs like crazy now that spring is here. The challenge is figuring out what to do with all those eggs since our 6 year-old has decided he doesn’t really like them anymore! So I put on my Sneaky Organic Chef’s Hat and figured out that if I separate the whites from the yolk they can go undercover much more easily.
We like to use the egg yolks raw in smoothies or add them to oatmeal or grits right at the end of cooking to preserve their nutrients. The egg whites really need to be cooked and they make a fantastic binder for baking just about anything. Even trail mix. So here is a very flexible recipe for increasing the protein content of your trail mix and turning it into an energy bar that is grain-free and packed with nutrition.
Trail Mix Bars
- 2 cups any combination chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts
- 1 cup any combination raw sunflower seed kernels, pepitas, or sesame seeds
- 1 cup any combination chopped figs, apricots, cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 6 egg whites
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt (if you used unsalted, raw nuts)
Combine ingredients and pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before cutting and removing bars from the pan.