My husband is going on an 8-10 day trail hike with a friend (called the North Coast Trail - Vancouver Island) and I've been busy pounding out "light" (meaning not heavy to carry)dehydrated smoothies and other snacks and soups, etc., for him to pack along. These three do-it-yourself recipes for Energy Bars from The Bottom Line newsletter seem like they would be good items to have during the first couple of days (they really should be refrigerated and he will NOT be toting along a fridge, so these will be 'transitional' snacks)... that is, if they actually make it to the trail at all ;)

All 3 recipes are compiled by Rebecca Shannonhouse at the "Bottom Line" newsletter which I think is one of the better free newsletters online.  It provides a variety of health and financial articles by some of the best writers in the business.

The Recipes for the Make-It-Yourself Gluten-Free Energy Bars are:

(1) Oat Energy Bars (make sure to get  GF oats if you are coeliac or particularly gluten-sensitive)
(2) Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bars (Quinoa pronounced KEEN-wah)
(3) Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bars (that "other GF" haha)

You can find all 3 recipes on one page HERE.

They are not too sweet, it says, and we know that you won't miss the high glucose corn syrup that is a pretty standard ingredient in store-bought energy treats.  Of course, it will also probably save you a ton of money to make them vs. buying them.  Lots of good reasons to click here and check them out!

Below are a couple of photos of the North Coast Trail (thanks to the Gallery at  I'm more than a little anxious about him going on this hike since it is true wilderness (he won't see a store or maybe not even a game warden for a week+ and he might see a bear or cougar or... but our younger son (40) says "Mom, he'll be okay-- he's a big boy".  I have to go on that I guess.)

Kelp on Nissen Bight - photo courtesy of user Clayoquot cc by-SA 3.0
Christensen Coast Tide Pools photo courtesy of user Clayoquot cc by-SA 3.0
Crossing the Strandby River (Cape Scott) by Cable Tram photo courtesy of user Clayoquot cc by-SA 3.0

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