Beyond Glacier Granola Bars Recipe

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Since the Government Shutdown we have spent a lot of time viewing Glacier National Park from the wrong side of the Flathead River. While splashing stones as we watched Glacier from afar and scheming ways to get into the park seemed the best way forward for a while, we only found ourselves wet, disappointed, and no closer to being inside the park. With that now (mostly) out of our system, we have started to explore other nearby sights. This new commitment to go beyond Glacier National Park prompted us to spend the day at the nearby Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir.

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Completed in 1953, this 564 foot dam provides water for several dams downstream and its water travels over 1,100 miles to end up in the Pacific Ocean. The real attraction for us, however, was exploring the section of the Flathead National Forest that surrounds the reservoir.  To get us ready for a day of exploring, Five Spice tinkered with a new granola bar recipe (see the end of the post), to bring along on our adventure.

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After marveling at the 3,086,200 cubic yards of concrete from the viewpoint and discovering the Visitor’s Center was closed, we drove across the dam itself and set off on the partially paved road that leads around the reservoir. The surrounding mountains added much beauty to the man-made waterway, and we soon found a dirt road down to the water at one of the campgrounds that had not yet been gated off.

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With our Beyond Glacier Granola Bars in hand, we took in the majestic scenery and enjoyed the quiet that comes from being far from Route 2. Truth be told, we still did our fair share of rock throwing and skipping, but it felt freeing to play on the shores of a large expanse of water that did not remind us of the Government Shutdown and the off limit wilderness that we came to Western Montana to see.

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After several hours of roaming the shores, we set off for home. It felt good finally to let go of trying to get around roadblocks and instead embrace the wild areas that are wide open to us. It’s amazing what a single batch of granola bars can do.

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Beyond Glacier Granola Bars

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
8 cups quick oats
1/2 tsp salt

4 tbs Earth Balance margarine
4 tbs coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup black strap molasses
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tbs ground flax seed soaked in 3 tbs water

1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then mix the wet into the dry. Finally, stir in the cranberries, almonds, and chocolate chips. Spoon into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

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