Ask anyone who knows me, and “trail blazer” is not a term one would apply to me. “Unconventional?” Perhaps. “Bookish?” Certainly. And despite the fact that I TrailBlaze.jpgdo claim bragging rights for having hiked to the summit of Mt. Washington (elev. 6,288 ft.) and for having made a daring midnight escape from the summit of Mt. Chocorua (elev. 3,500 ft.) during an electrical storm, I do not consider myself outdoorsy by any stretch. Trail-blazing I leave to my husband, and well, baking, he leaves to me.

Happily I recently discovered a delicious marriage of both in Matisse & Jack’s TrailBlaze Bake-at-Home Oatmeal Energy Bars. No crinkly foil wrappers, bland flavors or cardboard texture for these unusual bars. Instead, the smell of cranberries and walnuts filled my kitchen during baking and the 5 minutes it took me to mix applesauce and yogurt with the all-natural ingredients and get the batter into the pan were well spent for someone who rarely has the energy to bake let alone blaze. I wonder if the simplicity of making these bars is really where all the energy comes from.

Thanks to the whole oats and flax seed inside, TrailBlaze bars are a good source of fiber, protein and Omega-3s not to mention calcium and iron. And the only things they’ve managed to leave out are the trans fats and preservatives. Most importantly, they are kid-approved in my house, so packing up a batch and sending them out with my husband, the dog and the kids to explore uncharted territories (while I stay at home with a book) should be energy-saving indeed!

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