Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of the outdoors, and one of the best ways to take in nature’s beauty is to go for a hike. Whether your trail leads you to the top of a mountain, deep into a canyon or on miles of wooded paths, you’re going to need some fuel to get to your final destination. Read on to discover how to make your own healthy, homemade snacks perfect for hiking that will give you enough energy for all of your fall adventures.
While it may not sound entirely appealing, this snack is a great way to keep your energy high while on a hike. Made from fruit and natural ingredients, this fruit leather is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients. To make this you’ll need:
12 cups of sliced apples
1 ½ cups apple cider
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
First, combine the ingredients in a large pot and heat until the apples are soft. Next, pour the mixture into a blender and puree the ingredients. Finally, pour the mixture onto a pan lined with wax paper and bake on low heat (180 F) until the leather is almost hard. Finally, refrigerate and cut the leather into slices.
Packed with vitamins, nutrients and healthy fats, almonds are one of the best nuts you can eat and the perfect snack for a hike. To make this nut a little more flavorful – without adding extra unhealthy ingredients – try roasting your almonds and adding some spice. To make this you’ll need:
Raw almonds (of any quantity)
Seasoning of your choice
To roast your almonds, place them on a cookie sheet in a 350 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when a rich, nutty smell fills your kitchen. Next, take the nuts out of the oven and let them cool for five minutes. Finally, add flavor to your nuts. Tasty seasonings include cinnamon, sea salt, drizzled honey or even my personal favorite, rosemary and olive oil.
Perfectly Balanced Trail Mix
Every hiker has had their fair share of traditional trail mix. Instead of your standard peanuts, M&Ms and raisins, try a more adult trail mix loaded with flavor and health benefits. While the exact ingredients are up to you, here are the ingredients you should aim for in your mix.
- Nuts: Nuts are loaded with healthy fats and nutrients; they help keep your energy up on a hike. Try almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.
- Dried fruits: Packed with vitamins and natural sugars, dried fruits will give you a boost during your hike. Try banana chips, apple crisps, dried cranberries, figs or raisins.
- Seeds: Adding seeds, which are stuffed with vital nutrients, can make even the toughest trails more manageable. Try flax seeds, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds.
To finish off your snack, personalize your trail mix by adding in your favorite flavor, whether it’s dark chocolate, sesame sticks, dried cereal or even goldfish.
Loaded with protein and also easy to make and store, granola is a hiker’s best friend. If you’ve never made it before, here’s how. To make this you’ll need:
6 cups rolled oats
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup honey
½ cup vegetable oil
2 ½ cups of mixed nuts and seeds (can be a combination of slivered almonds, cashews, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, banana or apple crisps, dried cranberries, etc.)
¾ teaspoon sea salt
First, mix oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Next, in a separate bowl, combine honey and oil. Combine both bowls of ingredients and mix thoroughly. After that, spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 300 F. Next, remove the granola from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally. Finally, add in dried fruit.
Let’s face it, sometimes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just won’t cut it. When going for a hike, you want to eat something just as healthy and satisfying as your adventure and the view from the top. So whether you enjoy an energy bar, granola or even a bag of trail mix, making your own homemade hiking snack will be the most rewarding fuel for your trek.