The day has come!
Tomorrow I'm leaving for three weeks (sayonara, suckers! : D) to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!!!
I've wanted to do this climb since I was about 13 years old. I was (am?) a weird kid. I dreamt of Africa. I adored lion king. I played daily in the forest behind my house.
I've reached the continent a few times already (happiest moments on earth), but now it's time for the climb!
My Swede and I are flying into Nairobi, busing to the base camp, climbing the beast, and then fleeing to Zanzibar for a week to recover.
I'm not going to have internet. I'm not going to worry. I'm just going to relax. Or - well, relax as much as one can while going on a 7 day hike. It's been a hectic year... I cannot wait for this!
But, supplies are definitely needed.
I have some hardcore hiking boots, I have my backpack, I have my water purification tablets, but umm... snacks?
Snacks are really important.
I learned this on my first (and only) "half-marathon". This wasn't like one of those cute little city half marathons. This was like big bad trail marathon. Where you ran through mud. Pure mud. Without trails. Up hills. Like, big, big hills. Small mountains? Through trees. So many trees that you get lost and have to run an extra few kilometres to find the tiny orange dots that the organizers assumed were sufficient to mark the "trail".
Yep. Well, luckily some seasoned runner saw me without a water bottle/food/anything, and offered some type of guava fruit paste/snack to me. I'm fairly certain I owe this man my life. Because without this small snack, I don't think I would have had the ability to go on. I would have laid down in a mud bank and given up.
... but! SNACKS : D! Snacks save lives.
These granola bars are packed with seeds, nuts, grains, dried fruits, and other goodies. I'm totally ready!!!
This recipe is really a free-for-all. You can choose your ingredients, just stick to the proportions and you'll be fine! Below are two different suggestions for making some very tasty granola bars!
(Adapted from Minimalist Baker.)
Granola Bar Way 1:
What you need:
- 1 cup packed dried apricots
- 3/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup banana chips, broken into pieces
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
What you do:
Line a small baking dish with parchment paper.
Toss the abricots into a food processor until they are broken up completely and are almost paste like. There should still be a few apricot chunks left to give a delicious texture!
Add the abricots, cashews, banana chips, and oats into a large bowl. Break up the abricots with your fingers, and combine everything together (again - I used my hands here.)
Over a medium heat, combine the cashew butter and maple syrup until they have combined and melted together. Remove this mixture from the heat and pour it over the dried fruit/nut/oatmeal mixture.
Stir until the granola is cool enough to handle, and then mix everything up together with your hands.
Press into the prepared dish and even out the top.
Freeze the granola bars for around 15 minutes so they harden up enough to cut.
After, pull them out of the freezer and cut into pieces. I made mine into 10 bars.
A mini-mountain of granola!
Granola Bar Way 2:
What you need:
- 1 cup packed dried figs
- 1 cup mix of brazil nuts and almonds (I did 1/4 cup almonds, 3/4 cup brazil nuts), roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes (rolled oats are fine if you don't dig quinoa flakes)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
What you do:
(It's basically the same steps as the recipe for the first granola bar...)
First prepare the small baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
Next, place the figs in a food processor until they are very finely chopped. They will stick together in a ball, but that's totally fine.
Next, add the figs, chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, oats, quinoa flakes, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix them together (it's easy with your hands!). Set aside.
In a small saucepan over a medium heat, melt together the almond butter and honey.
Pour this over the nut mixture and stir until it's cool enough to mix together with your hands. Combine the mixture well.
Press the granola mixture into the lined baking pan and freeze for around 15 minutes.
Cut into rectangles or squares... this time I made 15 small squares!
So, really: choose your favourite nuts, favourite nut butters, any sort of seed, or whatever dried fruits you want! If you're not a honey eater - swap it in the second recipe for maple syrup or agave! These bars are a power house of energy and delicious-ness (x 10000!!!). They'll prep you for any adventure! AND they are really freaking good.