Camping Recipe: No-Bake Energy Nuggets

Posted by: Molly Herber on 9/22/17 8:28 AM

When you're rushing out the door on your way to a last-minute rock climbing session or long hike, these little energy bites are the perfect snacks to have on hand to munch in the car or on the trail.

These snacks are an easy recipe to keep in your fridge so that, when it's time for your next adventure, you don't need to scramble for a snack.

Energy bites

Ingredients (Makes 30 bite-sized nuggets)

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and/or chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins, craisins, or small pieces of dried fruit
  • 1/2 hydrated granola (hydrate the granola with 1/2 cup warm water) or 1/2 cup cooked brown/white rice
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk (regular, soy, coconut, Nido, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dried regular or instant oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • A few drops of vanilla
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup whole wheat flour


  1. Mix all ingredients except flour and sugar
  2. Gradually add flour until the mixture becomes less sticky
  3. Let mixture set in a cool place for 15-20 minutes until the ingredients bind together (ex. in the snow, shade, or in or near a stream)
  4. Pinch off small amounts and roll into small, 2-inch nuggets
  5. Nuggets are ready to eat! Store in a sealed container or plastic bag

Keep nuggets cool and eat within one to two days (a little longer if you're at home and able to store them in the refrigerator). 



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Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming.