Fall around here means a lot of hiking. We love to hike! Being out in nature, getting exercise, and hanging out with friends are all the best parts of hiking. Eating on the hike can be a challenge if we don’t pack the right food or enough of it. I like prepackaged foods because they are SWEET and generally have a lot of what we need when we are climbing up that mountain. BUT they are SWEET and also rather difficult to chew. I mean seriously. When I’m exhausted and eating as we hike I don’t want to struggle to chomp down on the hardest protein bar in existence. Do other people have these issues?
Knowing hiking season was upon us I set out to make a nutritious bar that wasn’t full of sugar and that was softer to chew. I play this game with myself where I try to choose 1 ingredient off of each shelf in the pantry or fridge to try to not forget about items. Wasting food hurts.
- 2¼ cup old fashioned oats (gluten free certified if needed)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 TBS walnuts crushed
- 1 TBS chia seeds
- 1 TBS sunflower/pepitas
- ¾ cup pumpkin
- ¼ cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350F prepare a 9x9 baking tin.
- In a large bowl mix the oats, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, walnuts, chia, and sunflower seeds.
- Pour in the pumpkin and honey and mix well.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down well.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.