7 Ingredients for Missouri Hikes

Hiking season is here in Missouri and hikers everywhere need to remember that it’s always a good idea to take a healthy snack, such as a granola bar, so that you don’t lose energy throughout the day. You want to be able to see that great view at the top, or complete the long trail for the first time, don’t you?

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Buying granola bars these days can get pretty pricey. So, how do you tell the difference between the good-for-you bars and the posers? The simple answer is usually something like this: If you can count the number of ingredients on two hands and you can buy the ingredients at your local grocery store, it’s pretty safe (unless that first ingredient is sugar!).

Ok, so who really wants to go around their granola bar isle (if there was such a thing) and check all the ingredients?

Yeah, no one.

So why not make them yourself…

Here is a simple seven-ingredient granola bar recipe that will keep you going on your Missouri hikes throughout hiking season. (Psst… a lot of these ingredients are Missouri grown.)

7-Ingredient Missouri Granola Bars

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup packed dates

2/3 cup Missouri honey

2/3 cup peanut butter (or any other kind of nut butter)

1 cup roasted unsalted almonds

¾ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup chopped Missouri black walnuts

(Additional optional ingredients: dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, flax seeds, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds.)

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Instructions

  1. Toast oats in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until slightly brown.
  2. Cream dates in food processor until dough consistency is formed.
  3. Loosely chop almonds in food processor.
  4. Add almonds, pumpkins seeds, black walnuts, dates, and oats to a large bowl and set aside.
  5. Over low heat, mix honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Once in liquid form, pour over dry mixture and mix thoroughly.
  6. Once mixed transfer to 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. (Pan size depends on how thick you want bars to be.)
  7. Evenly press mixture into pan until flattened. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  8. Cut into even bars.
  9. Store in air tight container or freezer.

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