Backpacker Bars

1 cup butter 4 eggs -- lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups whole almonds
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup shredded coconut
4 teaspoons grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter with 1 cup brown sugar. Stir in oats, wheat flour, white flour, wheat germ, and orange peel. Press mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9 x13-inch baking pan. Combine eggs, almonds, chocolate chips, dates, apricots, coconut and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Mix gently, but thoroughly. Pour over butter mixture. Spread evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes and cool before cutting into bars.


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