Hit The Trail with Power Bars!

Our 19 year old son is venturing out to hike the Appalachian Trail for 3 days. We’ll drive him within 60 miles of VaTech and his buddies will pick him up there. This is no normal hike. Our son has chronic lyme disease and hasn’t been doing very well, but he says he HAS to do this. From all the reading and listening to experts in the field of boys and men, I’m sure this is his rite of passage. From boyhood to manhood. He will be 20 on May 16. This is something he NEEDS to do. Perhaps to smack this disease right in the face and yell; “YOU CAN’T HAVE ME!” I’ve done that many of days….yelled that is. I’ve yelled at the author of disease and sickness and claimed that he, Satan, cannot have us. We are God’s precious children and His alone. If you think of it pray for Ben on May 3-6! He will need the power of God to hike those Virginia mountains!

I found a wonderful recipe that will give Ben energy while hiking. It’s got lots of carbs and protein and I even tried to make it as Nourishingly Traditional as possible. I found it on 101 Cookbooks. So along with his beef jerky, tuna, trail mix and whatever else he has weight for, he’ll have some yummy power bars!

Power Bars

by Heidi at 101 Cookbooks

(I altered it some)

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

2 C pecans & walnuts chopped (I made them crispy nuts from Nourishing Traditions)

2/3 C unsweetened shredded coconut

1 1/4 C rolled oats

1 1/2 C unsweetened brown rice crispy cereal

1 C brown rice syrup

1/4 C Turanado Sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp finely ground coffee

1 tsp Vanilla extract

Grease a 8×8 or 9×13 pan with the coconut oil, set aside. Toast the nuts if you didn’t make crispy nuts and the coconut in a 350F oven for a few minutes. In large bowl mix the coconut, nuts, rice crispy cereal and oats. Stir together. In a saucepan combine, rice syrup, sugar, salt, coffee and vanilla. Cook over med heat constantly until it starts to thicken and comes to a boil…about 4 minutes. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread in the greased pan and allow to cool at room temp. Cut when cooled into bars.

I test tasted them before they were completely cool and they are really sweet and yummy! Not something I’d eat on a regular basis, but a good energy bar for Ben on his adventure.

As a side note to the taste test….these bars are very soft. I think the next time, I’d add more coconut and cereal…they might work better as balls….and oh, yes, less rice syrup! They are extremely sweet. So, if you’d like, play around with it at your own risk…this is a real test kitchen for my experiments!

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