Figuring out healthy hiking snack ideas that can be prepared right in your rental home can be quite the task. But bringing along something a little more natural can give you the added boost you need to make the most out of your vacation time on the trails.
The best snacks for a hiking trip need to meet a few requirements to be just right. It should be something that can be eaten at any temperature and will not go bad after a few hours spent tucked in your backpack. It should also be nutritious, because you are going to be burning a lot of calories on your hike. Lastly, it should be delicious! Here are three easy snack recipes for hikes that hit each mark:
Oatmeal Energy Balls
These oatmeal energy balls on Yummly.co only take four ingredients and 15 minutes to whip up. If you love peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies, this is an easy hiking snack for you.
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup raisins
2 tablespoons honey
Mix oats, peanut butter, raisins, and honey together with a fork in a bowl. Knead mixture by hand until fully incorporated; roll into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Substitute 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips for the raisins if desired. If you want to eat them on the go, wrap them in wax paper and tie with a bread tie. Enjoy!
Breakfast Fuel Bombs
Packed with almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and yes…chocolate, these breakfast fuel bombs from Tales of a Kitchen classify as both breakfast and dessert in one fell swoop.
1 1/4 cup almonds, turned into almond meal
3 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, whole
3 tbsp. sunflower seeds, whole
3 tbsp. sesame seeds, whole
3 tbsp. linseed, turned into flax meal
2 tbsp. chia seeds, whole
3/4 cup oil free raisins, whole
3 teaspoons cinnamon powder
½ cup coconut butter, softened
3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp. sweetener (honey or maple syrup)
Toppings: raw chocolate, organic peanut butter
Add all of the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Then add the coconut butter, coconut oil and sweetener and mix well until a “dough” forms. Roll into balls of desired size and pop into the fridge. Once set, you can dip them in chocolate or peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Is there really a better food for hiking than peanut butter and chocolate? These peanut butter energy bites from Chef Savvy only take five ingredients and ten minutes to put together, and they will have you smiling ear-to-ear as you snack your way up the trail.
⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup old fashioned oats
½ cup ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons honey
Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.
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