Here is one snack that I know everyone in our family will eat on the trails, Energy Bites! The basic recipe comes from the Minimalist Baker’s “Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites.” These are our go to snack for school lunches, after school, hiking, traveling, really anytime is a good time to eat these. This recipe make 18 to 20 bites.
Base Ingredients (only 3 ingredients!):
- 1 cup dates (if they are really dry soak them in warm water for 10-20 minutes)
- 2/3 cup oats
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter (I like to use chunky)
Additions to the Base:
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dried fruits (raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey (if you like them a little sweeter, cut down on the peanut butter so they aren’t too wet)
Place the dates (and other dry fruit if using) in a food processor and pulse 10-15 times until your have small bits. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and pulse another 10-15 times. Scoop out ~1 tablespoon of the mixture (this does not have to be exact) into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball. Once you have rolled all of the mixture into balls put them an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow them to firm up. Bites can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator. Even though it’s suggested that you store them in the fridge they keep their shape and travel well hiking.