Homestyle Hiking Bars

I'm not a picky eater until it comes to 'health' food. Then I hate everything. (At least that's what my co-workers say.) Last week, I attended an event called Outdoor Retailer. It's a huge trade show where every protein bar, energy bar, faux food company imaginable happily gives away free samples of their goodies. In high hopes you'll love 'em.

So I tried them all. (It was either that or go back to the trade show booth and do the work they pay me to do.) Tried 'em. Then tossed 'em after just a couple nibbles. I don't get that... why packaged protein bars taste so awful and cost so much when it's so very easy to make your own. Homemade energy bars take about 15 minutes make and you don't even have to bake them!

This is a very forgiving recipe. Doll it up with whatever strikes your fancy ~ such as different nuts, dried fruits, almond butter instead peanut butter, or a favorite type of cereal. I'm thinking Count Chocula would be quite yummy! But, then I'm not terribly committed to the health movement. :)

Homestyle Hiking Bars
Cook for just a couple minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, right before it boils:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
Stir in:
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pour into a mixing bowl:
  • 1-1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1-1/2 cups Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups craisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • I sometimes add 1 cup chocolate chips instead of the peanuts
Mix it altogether and voila! You've got an ultra tasty trail bar that makes Cliff Bars taste like tiles off the kitchen floor. Spread this gooey mixture into a brownie pan, no baking required! Let them cool. Then cut into bite size bars.



Lauren S said...

Do you bake them, or do they harden on their own?

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Lauren!
No baking required. I love making them fresh on a day when we're doing a long hike with friends. It's a welcome surprise and I always get rave reviews. :))

donna said...

Keep the healthy recipes coming. I'm always in need of them. These sounds great. Do you think the uneaten ones (assuming there any) could be frozen?


Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Donna!
I intend to. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if I actually follow through on that pledge. :D I've been so lazy on the cooking blog in past years but I'm trying to mend my evil ways.

Yes, I'm sure you could freeze them. But, I'd like to think you'd just gobble them in one setting. :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

yummy! I agree, a lot of that stuff isn't too great but I really like the Clif Builders bar and some others that I can't apparently remember the names of right now...hmm. There's a few good ones out there! This recipe would work with agave nectar in place of honey, yeah?

donna said...

Do you think I could use coffee extract (is there such a thing?) instead of the vanilla? I do luv my Dark Mocha Almond Kashi bars.


Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Johnny;
Yes, absolutely! So funny you ask - I made my last batch of bars with agave nectar but I listed honey in the recipe as it's more common...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Sounds like a yummy idea, Donna;

I've used coffee extract before. Bought mine from Amazon. (You can make it home pretty easily, too.) Let me know how it turns out!

eileeninmd said...

Your hiking bars sound delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Dawn said...

Ooooh, this may be something to try! My boyfriend LOVES the outdoors, so we'll probably go camping and hiking sometime this fall. This sounds like a nice treat to have after (and during) those times. Thanks for the comment! I know you follow me, but I still appreciate it. :)