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Your New Pocket-Sized Ski Snack

Your New Pocket-Sized Ski Snack

Have you ever looked at a prewrapped granola bar and wondered why such an odd baked good became so ubiquitous on American shelves, and in the hands of all sorts of athletes? I’ll be honest, I don’t know the answer to this. I do know, however, that the granola bar’s small size and tasty flavor make it an ideal food for the skier on the go. The Nordic Center I grew up skiing at would keep a pile of complimentary Nature Valley bars next to the hat rack, and I remember stuffing my pockets with many a bar before ski practice or a long adventure ski. If you don’t have a pile of free granola bars at your disposal though, and you often find yourself hankering for a nutritious pick-me-up partway through the ski day, there does exist a cost effective, healthy alternative to the pricy prepackaged stuff.

This six ingredient, no-bake granola bar recipe is a cinch to make, packed with protein, antioxidants and other goodies, and totally adaptable to your personal tastes.


  • 1 cup nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond, or if you’re allergic to tree nuts, sunflower seed butter will all work)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • Optional: 1/3 cup chopped chocolate bark, or mini chocolate chips


  • Line a medium sized baking dish with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, stir together the wet ingredients—nut butter, honey, and vanilla—plus the salt
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients. If you want to add any extra nutrition (cashew bits, pepitas, chocolate chips, dried blueberries) now is the time
  • Spread the mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour
  • Cut into your desired bar size, pack ‘em up, and get adventuring!

About The Author

Pete Wilson

Pete is a Vermont native with a lifelong love of being outside. Ever since he bushwhacked a ski trail through his parents’ property, he’s been hooked on getting into the woods--whether it’s on skis or snowshoes, or going out for a trail run or a long hike. He studied English at Carleton College, and now after four years in Minnesota is back in the Green Mountains exploring the endlessly beautiful and intriguing locales across the Northeast.

1 Comment

  1. Michael T

    I made this about a week ago and tried at home. Pretty easy and good taste mixing it up in a Kitchen Aid mixer. Took it on my first cross country outing to Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. Was pretty soft to chew and down with warm water while on the trail. Easier than that nuts to eat. Will make this my go to fuel up form now on for all adventures.


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