Whether you’re out hiking, biking, fishing or just plain old exploring, you’ll need your energy to keep those adventures going. Don’t get caught without some delicious nutrition in your pocket! Next time the munchies hit, reach for one of these recipes packed with protein for an energy boost that lasts the whole day.
Healthy monster cookies? Yeah, we were skeptical once, too. Scout’s honor, these are as good as the originals your mama used to make you as a kid. These souped-up granola bites are perfect to throw in your bag for easy snacking later on down the trail. Not to mention the satisfaction you get feeling like you’re cheating the system by stuffing yourself with delicious cookies.
1 ½ cup quick or regular oats
½ cup crisp rice cereal
½ c oat bran
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup no-stir natural crunchy or creamy peanut butter
½ cup honey
⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
⅓ cup mini M&Ms
Stir oats, cereal, oat bran, brown sugar and salt. Microwave peanut butter and honey for 10 seconds. Stir and microwave until the mixture is runny (about 10 seconds). Stir peanut butter/honey mixture and vanilla extract into the oat mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and M&Ms until combined. If the dough is sticky, refrigerate for 15 minutes and form into 1 inch balls. Store in the refrigerator.
More the traditional type? Can’t bear the thought of going out without your trusty trail mix at your side? Try these energy-packed bite alternatives. Full of protein and healthy carbs for an added boost, these are easier to move around with you than that loose stuff in a bag. Plus, they’re easier to eat.
1 cup puffed rice cereal or old fashioned oats
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup peanuts or almonds
½ cup chopped pretzels
⅓ cup honey
⅓ cup raisins or dried cranberries
¼ cup wheat germ
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Shape into 1 inch balls or press into a parchment-lined baking pan. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to two weeks.
Traveling with a sweet tooth? You don’t have to snack on junk to appease it. Turn to apple pie bites to keep up your energy without the guilt. Get the homemade taste of the apple pie you remember baking in grandma’s kitchen rolled into a tasty, transportable treat. Now to find a way to transport a gallon of vanilla ice cream for the top…
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup unsweetened dried apple rings, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup cashews
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Add dates and apple rings to a food processor and process until pea-sized. Add cashews and process until mixture comes together in a sticky ball. Break the ball with your hands and add oats, spices and salt. Continue processing until well combined and sticky. Roll into balls. Store in fridge or freezer.
Get Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream without the chubby. With just a few ingredients, these tasty treats will give you the boost you’re looking for in your favorite ice cream flavor. Whip them up the night before and impress your camping buddies while they’re busy chowing down on their less appetizing looking protein bars from the store.
1 cup quick oats
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 scoops vanilla whey protein
7 crushed pretzel chips
1 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together. Place in a pan or between wax paper and refrigerate overnight. Makes four bars.
Need we say more? Nutella and fudge. A combination that couldn’t possibly be more perfect. Or could it? A healthy version of these bars is packed with protein and give you the energy you need to keep pushing your experience to the limit. And just when we thought this match made in Heaven couldn’t get any better!
½ cup Nutella
1 cup and 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavored stevia extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
9 scoops chocolate protein powder
½ – ⅔ cup oat flour (depending on the consistency you want)
Line an 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper both ways. Mix Nutella, milk, stevia and salt on low with a mixer. In a separate bowl, mix protein powder and oat flour. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Stir until even and the consistency of cookie dough. Dump into prepared pan and flatten. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Store covered in the fridge.
Whether you’re a cookie-loving monster or prefer something a little more traditional for your wanderings, look no further than these healthy and delicious recipes. There’s something for everyone to keep them powering through their Good Life.