The Bowdoin Outing Club encourages students to dream, organize and lead outdoor trips. This fellowship offers the financial support to shape the most creative and adventurous outdoor visions into real opportunities. The expedition should foster a spirit of adventure and encourage personal challenges and skill development and in the end, contribute to the growth of the Bowdoin Outing Club.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Granola Bars (Recipe Included)

Hey folks,
This evening we made the granola bars that we're planning on eating for many of our breakfasts on the trail. We made them up as we went along, but they came out so successful that it's a "recipe" worth keeping (read: we should actually remember what we did).

In case YOU would like to make something delicious, here's what you do:
In a bowl, combine:
~4 cups oatmeal (we didn't actually measure this, but it looked about that much)
~1/3 cup raisins
~3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
~1 tsp. cinnamon
~1/8-1/4 tsp. salt

In a pot, combine:
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/4 cups almond butter

Stir the syrup and almond butter until homogenous and then heat, while stirring vigorously, until bubbling and the mixture easily pulls away from the pot. (Basically you want to heat the mixture to the "soft ball" stage in terms of candy making, but we didn't have a candy thermometer.)
When the mixture has reached this stage, remove from heat and pour immediately over the oatmeal mixture. Begin stirring with a wooden spoon or other stirring device. As soon as the syrup/almond butter mixture is cool enough to not burn your skin, use your (clean) hands to make sure the mixture is well dispersed among the dry ingredients. Next, shape the mixture into bars/nuggets/balls or whatever shape you want. It helps if you spray your hands with Pam/cooking spray before shaping your treats so that it won't stick much to you and will stick to itself.
Lay on a tray or plate and let sit so they become more firm.
Another tip, do this with friends. It's more fun that way. :)

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