Hiker’s Grub

As I mentioned earlier in the week, my friends and I went on an exciting backpacking trip in Michigan over Labor Day Weekend.  The views along the river were gorgeous and the company was funny and inspiring.  All in all, it was the perfect girl’s weekend!




We split up the food responsibilities, and I was in charge of breakfast.  I brought along one loaf each of Dark Chocolate Covered Raisin Banana Bread and Zucchini Almond Butter Bread for the road.  I also made one of the best trail mixes ever.

I’ve titled it…Everything Left in Jen’s Pantry Trail Mix.


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What is in this crazy looking mix?

dark chocolate covered raisins

pumpkin seeds

golden grahams

date slices covered with oat flour


mini teddy grams

dried cranberries



Sounds odd…but I promise you it was amazing and our favorite snack along the way!





Other breakfast highlights included…


Baked Oatmeal from Kath Eats Real Food

In my search for the perfect portable breakfast, I rediscovered this recipe. I had actually made it last Memorial Day for dessert.  Although I loved the flavors, especially all the dried fruits and seeds, it wasn’t sweet enough for dessert (for me anyways).  It does, on the other hand, make the perfect hearty and flavorful breakfast!




I followed the recipe as written using Almond milk because that is what is in your fridge.  For dried fruits, I had a fantastic combination of figs, apricots, cranberries, and cherries.  The nut and seeds were plentiful including pumpkin, chia, and flax.  To sweeten it up a bit, I covered the top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and turbinado sugar.





This breakfast did not disappoint!  Easy to eat by hand and full of healthy ingredients guaranteed to power us through our day, we ate it Day 2 of our camping trip right along the river.




Of note, we did not eat ALL of this food for breakfast Day 2, but we did have to tie it up in a tree overnight to keep away the critters, so it all came out to be redistributed in the morning.




Also of note for those on the go…the oatmeal bars tasted wonderful Day 2, but did not stay as fresh without refrigeration by Day 3 (like many of the other foods), so if camping, plan accordingly!




Fig and Date Energy Bars

These bars are quickly becoming my all time favorite energy bar EVER.  You should check out the full recipe HERE and just an FYI, they stayed fresh without being refrigerated the entire trip and were sweet and tasty for (Day 3) Monday morning’s breakfast by the dam.


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2 Ingredient Muffins

Exactly like THIS recipe except, I subbed in a carrot cake mix instead of a spice cake mix. 




If possible, I think that the carrot cake had more ‘spices’ than the spice mix.  And…because I had some leftover sweet potato in the house that I knew the BOY would not eat, I mashed it up and threw it into the batter.


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These muffins were a huge favorite amongst my crew.  We even shared traded them in for a beer on the last day of our trip.  If traveling, use a tuberware container or be prepared for the muffins to form one big block of muffin in a plastic bag, which is just as tasty, but looks a little funky!



Coconut Energy Date Bites

And last, but certainly not least.  I loved seeing Emily and her family hiking in Washington this summer, and I have been drooling over her Coconut Energy Date Bites.  I knew that they needed to be part of my weekend.


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My energy mix was a tad try so I drizzled in a smidge of agave, seriously maybe a tablespoon at most, into the food processor, which was exactly what it needed.




The balls formed easily and I rolled them in more coconut.




Then packed them away in a container for our hiking trip, eager to eat them on the trail.


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Which is exactly where we enjoyed them during a hiking break!



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They were just as amazing as I thought they would be and traveled VERY well!  All of our food was incredible, and these breakfasts can be made and devoured whether you are on the road, on the trail, or just sitting at home enjoying the morning!


What is your favorite Hiker’s Grub???


It was a busy week back at work and I am back in class this weekend (Friday through Monday), so I have been a little slow getting my backpacking pictures and recipes up to share.  But I promise…they are coming soon!





Coconut Date Energy Bites

From Daily Garnish

Makes 12-14 balls


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened dried coconut

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

12 pitted dates, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup water (you might not need quite this much!)

zest of one orange

pinch of salt

extra coconut for rolling (optional)



Honestly, it doesn’t get much more simple than this. Make sure your dates are pitted, and then chop them into bite sized pieces.

Add dates, oats, coconut, vanilla, salt, and pepitas to a food processor. Zest one orange over top of the food processor, and then let it spin. The mixture will be dry and crumbly – let it process for a minute just to break down some of the bigger ingredients.

Slowly add about 1/4 cup of water – add just until the mixture becomes wet and a bit sticky. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll into balls. They will have a bit of stickiness to them, so I like to roll them in dried coconut to help prevent them from sticking together.



Baked Oatmeal

Form Kath Eats Real Food


1.5 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts [or any nuts you like]

1/2 cup dried fruit (any you like – raisins, cranberries, dates, figs)

1/4 cup seeds (any you like – sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp kosher salt

1.25 cups skim milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla



Preheat oven to 350*

Mix dry ingredients.

Mix wet ingredients.

Pour wet into dry. Stir to combine.

Pour into a 9×9 baking dish either coated in cooking spray or lined with parchment.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Cut into 9 squares.

Makes 9 servings

Each bar is appx.

170 calories, 3 grams fiber and 5 grams protein.

[Cut into 12 squares reduces calories to about 125 calories per square]

Notes From KERF: While delicious, the only sweetness in these comes from the dried fruit. Add in 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar if you like. The variations are endless: cranberries, coconut, all kinds of dried fruit, nuts, etc.

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