Up the mountain – snacks for your hiking trip that will replenish your energy reserves in a healthy way

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Hiking is one of the most popular summer activities for Austrians. There are good reasons for this. The ascent in close connection with nature and the view of the most beautiful lakes and valleys make every hike a special experience. Those who – like me – like to avoid the overcrowded hiking routes quickly discover that the hut with the Kaiserschmarrn is not waiting for you on every mountain peak. Quite the opposite. You often look in vain for an alpine hut in the most beautiful and peaceful spots. But even if the longed-for rest stop is there, the food on offer is rarely healthy. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We set out to find healthy snack alternatives that you can take with you up the mountain. Before we reach the summit, we need a little break to gather our energy and enjoy the view. So we tried out a recipe for homemade vegan energy bars for you:
  • 300 g cocoa butter
  • 220 g popped amaranth
  • 1 tsp. ground vanilla
  • 60 g chopped, roasted almonds
  • 140 g dried cranberries
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  • 200 g agave syrup
  • 180 g white almond paste
  • 30 g real cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
And this is how it works: Melt the cocoa butter over a water bath. Then mix all the ingredients with the melted cocoa butter. Spread the mixture on a baking tray so that it forms a rectangle about 1.5 cm high. Place the second sheet of baking paper on top and press down briefly. Leave to cool for approx. 60 minutes and then cut into approx. 20 bars with a sharp knife.
Once you reach the top, you are usually very hungry. Your body has used up a lot of energy and you feel it now. How about a delicious wrap full of fresh vegetables and healthy proteins?
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For 5 wraps you need:
  • 5 large tortilla patties
  • ¼ white and red head of cabbage each
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 cup edamame (cooked and peeled)
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 bunch of parsley
For the peanut sauce:
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 100g peanut butter
  • Dash of mineral water
And this is how it works: Grate or cut the cabbage and carrots into very fine strips. Cut the peppers into strips as well. Mix all the ingredients for the peanut sauce either in a blender or with a hand blender. Now put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with the peanut sauce. Spread the mixture over the patties, fold in the ends on the left and right and roll into a wrap. Tip: Roll the wrap in baking paper before putting it in your snack box to prevent it from falling apart when you walk around.
Before heading back down, a few healthy chilli crackers can’t hurt, so here’s the recipe: For this you will need:
  • 130 g sunflower seeds
  • 250 g linseed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 g tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric
And this is how it works: Grind the sunflower seeds to powder in a blender. Mix all the ingredients together and spread on a baking tray as for the energy bars, only this time much thinner. Put the second sheet of baking paper on top and press down. Now place the whole thing in the oven at 80 degrees convection for about 45 minutes to dry. Then cut the crackers into diamond shapes with a sharp knife.
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Have fun trying it out…and especially hiking! 🙂