I'm always on the look out for new trekking food ideas that are fuss free, but still pretty healthy. Muesli / energy bars are a popular choice for hikers as they don't require any refrigeration and can be eaten on the go with out making any mess. Unfortunately, alot of the store bought energy bars are super high in refined sugars - in fact, they opften contain as much sugar as a standard chocolate bar! There are a stack of really easy and delicious recipes to make your own energy bars, which will be packed full of nutrients and contain less of the sugar and other nasties.
In this post, I'm going to share my recipe for Berry Oat Energy Bars. This is one of my favorite trekking food ideas, because the fat content of the coconut milk will keep you full for longer and give you a slower release of energy while hiking. The banana helps to provide the sweetness, so you will be able to satisfy those sugar cravings at the same time.
This recipe should make around 12 bars, depending on how big you want to cut your pieces. Bake them before you head out on your trekking adventure and simply store them in a reusable container.
My favorite Trekking Food Idea: Berry Oat Energy Bars
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 cup of frozen berries (whatever kind you like)
- 1 x 240g tin of coconut milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup unsalted, chopped walnuts
- 20g dark chocolate
Berry Oat Energy Bars Recipe
- Preheat oven to 180C and grease a small rectangular pan and line with baking paper;
- Combine the oats, bananas, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and half of the berries in a bowl;
- Pour mixture into the prepared pan, then sprinkle with the rest of the berries and the walnuts, pressing them into the surface a little;
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until they are firm to touch and golden in color;
- Allow to cool in the pan, before cutting into pieces.
- Melt the dark chocolate and drizzle evenly over the top, then allow to set before packaging them up in an air tight container!
I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I do. If you're interested in other trekking food ideas, check out my cauliflower and quinoa muffins!