Every year around this time, I get nostalgic for the summer days I spent growing up at sleepaway camp in New Hampshire. After seeing the Parent Trap for the first time when I was 7 and realizing that I may indeed have a long lost twin, I decided that summer camp was made for me. Every summer at camp we had an overnight hike that would take us through the White Mountains. While I always enjoyed the festivities that revolved around going hiking, I was never too stoked about the actual hiking itself. Hiking as a kid was physically exhausting and frightening. I detested sleeping in the woods and remember many sleepless nights in my tent. While I wasn’t a fan of our annual hikes, I was a fan of the GORP (granola, oats, raisins & peanuts) the camp kitchen prepared for us. On those hikes I tried my first bites of trail mix and have been obsessed ever since. Sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy… I mean does it get better than that?
Inspired by my days at camp I decided to create a recipe this week for Happy Trails Energy Bites. This no-bake recipe makes the perfect treat for days on-the-go or as a frozen snack to pop mid-afternoon. What I love most about these energy bites is how satiating they are. Packed with plant-based fats, carbs, sugar and fiber, what’s not to love?
HAPPY TRAILS ENERGY BITES
Time: 10 minutes
Makes 15 Energy Bites
1/2 cup Barney butter or peanut butter
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbs honey
2 tbs raisins
2 tbs dark chocolate chips
1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Roll the dough into small bite-size balls. If the dough is too sticky or has trouble shaping, feel free to lightly wet your hands to help.
3.Place the energy bites into an airtight container and freeze.
Nutrition Information (per one energy bite)
95 calories, 6g fat, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g sugar, 2g protein
Thanks to Barney Butter for sponsoring the product for this post!