Camping activities like hiking and biking can be tiring. Refueling is a must if you want to keep going. Packaged snacks are easy, but many times they contain more sugar and artificial ingredients than anything else. Instead, make your own power snacks that'll surely get you through to the end! These ovenless oatmeal energy bites can be made ahead of time and are super easy. Give one of these varieties a try!
Peanut Butter Cup
Chocolate and peanut butter combine to make the perfect candy, but they can also create a great-tasting, energizing snack! The peanut butter offers protein while the chocolate adds flavor and gives you a boost! These are nice and simple to make and everyone will love them!
16 dates, pits removed
½ C. crunchy peanut butter
¼ C. unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ C. water
1 C. rolled oats
¼ C. dark chocolate chips
Step 1: In a food processor, combine the dates, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Blend on high speed until everything is well blended and smooth.
Step 2: Begin adding the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blending in the food processor until you have a softened consistency. You may not need all the water.
Step 3: In a large bowl combine the peanut butter mixture, oats, and chocolate chips and stir until well blended.
Step 4: Line a storage container with parchment paper and set it aside.
Step 5: Roll the mixture into balls, placing them into the lined container as you go! Seal the container with a lid and store the bites in the refrigerator!
Nutella Energy Bites
Delicious chocolate bites packed with nutrition? Yes, it’s possible! This recipe includes flax and chia seeds to get your body moving. The chocolatey flavor is something even the kids will love, and since they’re made with quick oats instead of rolled oats, they have a smoother texture!
1 C. quick oats
½ C. Nutella
½ C. honey
2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
¼ C. mini chocolate chips
⅛ tsp. salt
Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix until well blended.
Step 2: Line an airtight container with parchment paper and keep it nearby.
Step 3: Roll the mixture into balls and place in the lined container. Store in the refrigerator.
Apples and Cinnamon
Fruit all on its own is great for your body, and cinnamon is known for its health benefits. Toss in some dates, almonds, and oats and you have a powerful punch you can take with you on the go!
1 C. pitted medjool dates
2 C. dried apples
1 C. dry roasted almonds, unsalted
1 C. rolled oats
¼ C. water
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
Step 1: Add the dates to a bowl and soak them in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain off the water.
Step 2: Add everything into a food processor and blend on high until you get a dough. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
Step 3: Line an airtight container with parchment paper and keep it nearby.
Step 4: Scoop the mixture out with a tablespoon and roll it into balls, placing them in the lined container as you go.
Step 5: Snap on the lid and store the bites in the refrigerator.
Now that you have a variety of healthy energy bites in the fridge, you can get out there and play hard. Just pop some of these when you start to lose your steam and you’ll be good to go!