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SUZYQ's Energy Bars

2 cups apricot halves, dried
2/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup margarine-soft
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine apricots with the orange juice in a blender. Blend until almost smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender, a few times. Stir in the nuts; set mixture aside.

In a large bowl, cream the margarine, sugar and honey. Beat in the egg. Mix in flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. Blend thoroughly.

Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spread a little less than half of the flour mixture evenly in the pan. Spread the apricot mixture evenly over the mixture in the pan, keeping to within 1/2 inch of the edges.

Crumble the remaining flour mixture over the top. Pat down gently.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 30-35 minutes or until browned and springs back to the touch.

Cut into bars about 1 by 2 inches each.

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