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How to make simple, easy homemade energy bars

Lightweight trail food for backpacking
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A good way to steer your kids toward eating right is to teach them to cook. While hunger is generally the best sauce in the outdoors, a few good recipes can make the outdoor culinary experience even more fun.

by Leon Pantenburg

When it comes to stocking up on survival food, the best, most inexpensive and tastiest option may be to make your own.


Commercial trail foods can be tasty or downright bland. Learn how to make your own energy bars.

And while the idea behind an energy bar is to provide a quick dose of get-up-and-go, some of the commercial products can taste downright institutional!

But who says an energy bar has to be bland and yucky tasting?

Here’s a simple recipe for a whole grain energy bar that is quick, easy to make, and tastes good!

And if your children get to help make the energy bars, that is another part of the outdoor experience for them to enjoy!

Easy Energy Bar


  • 9 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups sugar (not refined, but raw cane sugar)
  • 2 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 4 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl stir all the ingredients together.
  3. Press 1/2- inch thick onto a 9×18-inch cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 250 for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly,
  5. Remove from oven and let cool (this is very important, it will become very crumbly if not allowed to cool completely)
  6. Cut into small pieces and enjoy.

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