Yield: Approximately 8 cups | Prep: 15 minutes | Ready in: 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Why we love it:
Hiking weather is here! When planning a day hike, including food and water should be one of the most important parts to prevent feeling weak and sluggish. You will need good food for fuel and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Opt for healthy non-perishable foods that are relatively lightweight, nutrient-dense and easily bagged. Try these:
Here's a recipe for homemade granola to get you going.
What you need:
Canola oil spray
3 cups oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or other berries work well)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds (optional)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (if unsalted seeds are used)
What you do:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with canola oil spray. A non-stick pan with a rim is best.
2. Pour oats onto cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove oats and increase oven temperature to 325 degrees.
3. Place toasted oats in a bowl and mix with remainder of ingredients.
4. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. You may want to spray a bit more canola oil spray on the pan first to prevent sticking.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool; then remove from pan in pieces.