Instead of a taking store-bought energy bars on your next hike – try these. They taste great, transport beautifully without crumbling and are a lot less expensive when you make them yourself.
2 cups (500 mL) granola
⅓ cup (75 mL) chopped peanuts
¼ cup (60 mL) dried cranberries
¼ cup (60 mL) raisins
¼ cup (60 mL) wheat germs or ground flax
2 tbsp (30 mL) pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp (30 mL) shredded coconut
½ cup (125 mL) honey
½ cup (125 mL) peanut butter
In a large bowl, stir granola with peanuts, cranberries, raisins, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and coconut. In a small saucepan bring honey to boil. Boil vigorously for approximately 30 seconds then whisk in peanut butter. Add to granola mixture and stir to combine.
While mixture is warm, firmly form into 1½-inch (3.5 cm) balls. Refrigerate until firm. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Twist balls in waxed paper for perfect portability.
Per serving: 144 calories, 6.6 g fat, 3.6 g protein, 19.7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 51.7 mg sodium.