Cake mixes aren’t just for no-holds-barred treats: they can also be used as a starting point for a great tasting, nutrition-packed power bar. These are great travelers for trips near and far, and are made entirely from pantry ingredients (i.e., no eggs or dairy products).

Vegan Fruit and Seed Bars

Ingredients

1 (18.25-ounce) package vanilla cake mix (check the label for egg or milk products)
½ cup quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup vegan margarine, melted
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup molasses
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any combination)
1 cup roasted, lightly salted sunflower seeds or pepitas (green pumpkin seeds), or a combination

Preparation

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350º
MAKES 3 DOZEN BARS
13 x 9-INCH BAKING PAN, GREASED OR LINED WITH FOIL

1. Whisk the cake mix, oats, cinnamon, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the melted margarine, applesauce, and molasses, stirring with a wooden spoon until blended. Stir in the dried fruit and seeds. Spread dough in prepared pan.
2. Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars.

*Recipe and image courtesy of The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book.*