Camping or heading out on the hiking trails this summer? These homemade protein bars make for the perfect energizing breakfast to get you off and going on the right foot!
It can be tempting to eat a store-bought energy bar for breakfast while hiking. After all, hiking mornings are usually early and the last thing you want to do is wake up even earlier just to make yourself breakfast. Well, instead of heading to the grocery store the day before to stock up on protein bars, many of which contain a novel’s-worth of ingredients, I urge you to spend your time instead mixing together these On the Trail Protein Bars.
When I went to make these bars, my dad came to mind. Living in Colorado, he is lucky enough to have countless hiking excursions just a short drive away, including many fourteeners. And as with most outdoorsy people, he is always looking for more ways to improve upon his experience. While typically this means upgrading his gear, it also includes optimizing his nutrient intake. So what does your body need to get you to the top of a mountain? Lots of carbohydrates (the primary fuel for our body during exercise) as well as some protein to provide long-lasting energy and give your muscles some support. And fluid. Please stay hydrated!
So, for the rest of this week, we’ll focus on recipes that provide the nutrition you need to get you through your hike that are also backpack-friendly – i.e. no refrigerator needed. Today, we will start where your hike does: with breakfast.
Wholesome oats are combined with vegan protein powder, cashews, a pinch of salt, natural peanut butter, unsweetened almond milk, a touch of maple syrup, and a final sprinkle of dried cranberries. Mix, mix, and keep mixing until your get a cookie-dough-batter consistency. The amount of almond milk needed will depend on your brand of protein powder. I recommend starting with ¼ cup of milk and increasing 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. My protein powder is also slightly sweetened, but if you are using an unsweetened powder, you may want to up the maple syrup to ½ a cup and cut down on the almond milk.
To make these a bit sweeter (and give them a true trail-mix flavor), feel free to drizzle some melted chocolate over the top; however, if you aren’t eating these right away the chocolate may melt on your hike.
So here’s a toast to climbing every mountain! (Sound of Music reference. . .I couldn’t help myself).
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