Energy for the Trail

Juniper Branch and Berries

Some years back, my sister shared a recipe for one of the most delicious and revitalizing snacks I have ever tasted.  They are loaded with nutrition and take just minutes to make.  Pack a bunch of these into a Zip-Loc container, stuff them into my backpack along with some M&M’s almonds and a bottle of orange juice and I am in hiking heaven!  I know there are a lot of variations of hikers’ bars out there but thought I would share this recipe in case some of you would like to give ‘em a try:

Quick Energy Hikers’ Bars

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1/2 c. honey

1-1/2 c. peanut butter (smooth;  chunky tends to make the bars dry and crumbly)

5 c. Total whole grain cereal flakes

6 oz. mixed dried fruit (any kind you like; I use a package of assorted fruit)

In a large saucepan stir together brown sugar and honey.  Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter until mixture is smooth.  Stir in cereal flakes.  Set aside 1/3 c. fruit; stir the rest into honey mixture until well coated.  Spread into a greased 12 x 7 ½ x 2” baking pan.  Press reserved fruit into top.  Cool.  Cut into bars and wrap each in plastic wrap.

** You could even toss in some nuts or chocolate chips.

I’ve never found a better pick-me-up.  However, I made the mistake of scarfing too many in front of the TV and became almost as big as the couch.  Fortunately my neck surgery took off the excess weight and then some.  (NOTE:  While extremely effective, I don’t recommend that method as a means to lose weight! )


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