As promised, here is recipe number two for Recipe Week. These power bars are easy to make and full of nutrients. They are packed with simple sugars, complex carbs, protein, and a hit of caffeine which makes them a perfect snack in the middle of long hike. They are my go to power bar recipe.
My Go To Power Barsinspired by this recipe by Heidi Swanson, 101 cookbooks
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 C hemp seeds
1/3 C pumpkin seeds
1/3 C sunflower seeds
1/6 C chia seeds
1/6 C slivered almonds
2/3 C shredded coconut
1 1/4 C rolled oats
1 1/2 C crisp rice cereal
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips ( optional )
1 C brown rice syrup
1/4 C ground espresso beans
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1. In a large bowl, mix together seeds, nuts, coconut, oats, and rice cereal.
2. Line a 9x13" pan with parchment paper
3. Combine the coconut oil, rice syrup, salt, espresso, and vanilla in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it begins to boil and thicken a bit.
4. If using chocolate chips, let the syrup mixture cool slightly. Pour the syrup mixture over the oat mixture and mix well. Press in prepared pan. I put some butter or coconut oil on my hands, and do it with my hands rather than a utensil.
5. Cool to room temp and cut into bars.
6. Take them on your next excursion involving activity. I usually freeze at least half of the batch and take them out when we need them. They freeze well, and will defrost while you're hiking.