After using Bear Valley Mealpack/Pemmican, Big Sur and the other bars that have been mentioned for numerous years in various "fueling periods" with our three hungry boys throughout the US, Canada and Alaska, the wife and I decided to create a copy of the Bear Valley Mealpack/Pemmican ( ~firstname.lastname@example.org/bar) with an upgrade in taste. We developed our bar after much research and testing and called it the "BRICK" that I have previously posted. To boost the calories we included a liquid shake in addition (eg. Nature's Plus Spirunge-Tein High Energy Meal or Carnation Instant Breakfast Nutritional Drink with milk) for a very filling and healthy amount of calories to keep you going down the trail very satisfied at 121.17/oz......"Brick" 412.6cal @3.4oz & Instant Drink with milk 220cal @ 5.0oz. For some I know that 124cal/oz would just be a start calorie wise, but the combination above has been tested and found to adequately serve the old and young alike.
For you that want to give a try making the BRICK the recipe is below..... no matter how you change the recipe it will produce a great tasting bar. The Nature's Plus Spirunge-Tein High Energy Meal or Carnation Instant Breakfast Nutritional Drink can be purchased at a supermarket or health food store.
Makes 12 bar
2 cups quick-cooking oats 1 cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans (or other nut of choice, unsalted)
¾ cup dried cranberries (or whatever fruit you prefer!)
½ cup dried blueberries
½ cup coconut
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup honey
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Line a 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper.
3. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, cranberries, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, pecans, cranberries, blueberries, coconut, and chocolate chips.
4. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly blend oil, honey, egg, and vanilla.
5. Using rubber gloves for this next step: pour into flour mixture into the large bowl, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed.
6. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan. Make sure it is packed in tightly.
7. Bake 25-30 minutes in the oven or until the edges are golden.
8. Cool completely in pan before turning out onto a cutting board and cutting into bars.
• These bars take well to using applesauce or baby prunes as part of the oil.
• Brown sugar Splenda® works well as a way to cut back on the sugar content for diabetics.
• Any nut can be used, and feel free to change the fruit or add chocolate chips, etc to the batter!
• These bars have been made by a number of hikers on hiking forums, and the consensus is they are fang good!-no matter how you change the recipe!
• Egg can be replaced with Egg Beaters or flaxseed meal slurry as well.
• Consensus Statement: With homemade items try to eat your product within 3-4 days of baking it. Most homemade items can be frozen safely in advance (cut into individual portions, wrap, and store in large freezer bags.). Most frozen items are good for 1-2 months in a freezer.