Usually before I go hiking I stop and grab something to nibble on for the top or half way point of the hike.
I always try to go for the healthier option  but when you think of dried mango at R40 to R50 a packet, and almost no real nutritional value, it can be a costly snack.
Some fruit is always a good option but after all that time you feel for something more.
Something that will hit the taste buds but still be good for your body, especially since you have to possibly trek back another few hours.

I saw this recipe and what I liked most, is that it consisted of all the ingredients I had at home and it was super easy to make.
I altered it to my specifications and so can you. Don’t use or have whey protein? Use soy or pea protein, just adjust ingredients according to taste.
Don’t like choc chips? What’s wrong with you???? …..joking….add some  cranberries or raisins, make it your way!

ingredients protein balla


1 and half cups rolled oats, half cup vanilla/banana whey protein powder (about 2 scoops), half tsp cinnamon, 1Tablespoon sunflower seeds, half cup smooth natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)*, 3 Tablespoons natural honey,
1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/3 cup raisins, chocolate chips, cranberries or preferred add-in, 4 Tablespoons  (almond, milk, water etc…)


Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and sunflower seeds to a large bowl. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
Stir to combine.

bowl of ingredients

 Add in choc chips (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly. Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using hands (time to get dirty!) combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together.
If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape.
Roll into balls using hands. Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

I have stated above I was trying this for a hike but these are SO good I was asked continually by my kids if they can have more!
With ingredients that you have at home, no baking, quick prep time coupled with good nutrition, it is perfect for everyday travels, not just a hike!