By Abby Cooper
We’ve all had it before: trail food envy. Every once in a while, a hiking partner will pull out some glorious, homemade trail snacks, and you stare at your cheap granola bar with a touch of self-pity. The good news is: you don’t need to be an expert in the kitchen to make some homemade snacks for yourself. Contributor Abby Cooper brings us her favourite recipe for power balls that are quick and easy to roll together.
- 1 cup sesame seeds (toasted or untoasted, your choice)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup craisins
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut (toasted or untoasted, your choice)
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (aside from chocolate chips and coconut) and mix. Melt chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter and then mix with the rest of the ingredients. Roll into small balls, then roll in coconut, and place on cookie sheet. Freeze balls in a plastic container or bag so they don’t melt and are ready to get packed on your next trip! Total time for recipe is 25 min and yields around 40 pocket power balls.
Dried fruit can be substituted to your liking. Dark organic chocolate chips, and natural peanut butter are recommended.
A lover of all things outdoors, Abby Cooper is a splitboarder, climber, hiker, adventurer, photographer and writer. She’s living life one adventure to the next with her dog by her side.