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    #16
    I eat one of those bars with almost every breakfast and have taken about every type bar mentioned except Conk’s Monk-made stuff. Cliff Bars, sweet/salty/chocolate/nut breakfast bars, Crumbs-Everywhere Nature Valley granola bars.

    None of them are too bad, but none are all that good either. I’m not sure what kind of bar I’m looking for; not too gooey-chewy (Cliff bars), not to too sweet or salty (many breakfast bars) not crushed in the barrel crumbs in my beard (Nature Valley granola bars).

    I usually bring a couple different kinds, maybe I need to switch up the usual suspects and try some that I have passed by in the grocery store aisle. At least they’ll be different.

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      #17
      re: crumbs in my beard
      My favourite snack to wear (on my shirt on my face on my lap) are homemade date squares. They basically consist of a date mixture shmushed between layers of crumbly oatmeal mixture. Yes they're as messy as they sound, and as good and not at all too sweet. But if you don't have chipmunks swarming your campsite you soon will.

      c=cup measure, F= degrees fahrenheit, tsp=teaspoon measure
      Combine 1 c dates and 1 c water in saucepan and simmer until thick, then let cool.
      Preheat oven to 350 F.
      Mix 1-1/2 c flour, 1 c brown sugar,1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1-1/2 c oatmeal (large flake) and work in 1 c butter.
      Pat half of mixture into 8x8 " pan, spread date mixture filling over oat mixture. Top with remaining oat mixture.
      Bake for about 45 mins. Cut into squares when cool.

      I am sure you could healthy these up by reducing the sugar and adding nuts and seeds.
      Last edited by Odyssey; 09-20-2019, 09:24 PM.

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        #18
        I'm partial to Nature Valley Sweet n' Salty (Cashew) bars, The Almond are good too but I worry I'm going to crack a tooth on them. I take 2/day but I rarely eat that many because I started taking the Nature's Bakery Fig Bars (Costco), they have more calories (sugar) and I like sweet.

        20 years ago I paddled with a guy who loved on Clif bars, I tried to eat one and gagged but I still take a few with me, I just returned from a three week trip with my stock of Clif bars intact, those bars have now been out on the water for about 100 days but I will pull one out when I'm on a marathon day and am fading. Never use "gorp" but do eat a lot of nuts plus (but separate) my own special mix of dried fruit (10 - 15 different fruits all chopped up small) and chocolate bars (real stuff NOT "candy" bars).

        Once again on this last trip I ate my tube of Pringles at the motel the night I got off the river!

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          #19
          I'm really not one of the energy bar guys. I have been making and using my own receipt for deer or beef jerky. Years ago a guy gave me a receipt for deer jerky that was so easy to make and so good. I'll put it in sandwich bags and keep it in my shirt pocket for a quick snack. If I don't have jerky I'll use small chunks of cheese and pepperoni in a sandwich bag.

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            #20
            Originally posted by Mike McCrea View Post
            I eat one of those bars with almost every breakfast, and have taken about every type bar mentioned.

            I usually bring a couple different kinds, maybe I need to switch up the usual suspects and try some that I have passed by in the grocery store aisle. At least they’ll be different.
            I don’t eat breakfast bars at home, but bought a couple different types and brands to try at home and found a new one that I seemed to like, despite the fact (or at-home because?) that they are candy-like. Fiber One Protein bars; small, dense, moderately chewy and very storage durable.

            Yup, those will do. I brought two different flavor Protein bars, salted caramel and peanut butter. By day four my taste buds were tired of them, or perhaps just tired of them having the same exact consistency every damn morning.

            The flaw in my “breakfast bar” bar plan was selection. I would bring different flavors, not different types. IE, I’d grab two boxes of different flavors off the grocery shelves, but both Nature Valley crunchy bars, or near-fudge chocolatey bars or, all Brand X whatever bars.

            I had some protein bars left when I packed for the next trip, brought those and bought some crumbly Nature Valleys, a Cliff bar (still too big and chewy) and some pastry-like Nutri-Grain bars, which really don’t do well when crushed.

            That variety of selection made a huge difference. Some mornings I looked in the breakfast bag and wanted something sweet, some mornings I wanted something crunchy, or gummy chewy or pastry-ish. Simply having a choice of taste and consistency options made all the difference. I even pulled them out a couple times as a mid-day or late night snack, which was previously a tired-pallet nope.

            I have eaten breakfast bars on trips for way too long to have only now realized that. . . . .

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjVKUap1HgU

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              #21
              I try to avoid saturated fats, so my go-to snack bar is Nature Valley Honey Oat, which claims 1 gram of sat fat.

              Poor Gerald. These days, there are many convenience foods at the supermarket which are camping friendly, even for me with my weird diet. I camped 20 days in September. I think I took four commercial, dehydrated, pouch meals (Bacpacker Pantry or Mountain House). Everything else was off the shelf at the grocery market.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Chip View Post
                I try to avoid saturated fats, so my go-to snack bar is Nature Valley Honey Oat, which claims 1 gram of sat fat.

                These days, there are many convenience foods at the supermarket which are camping friendly, even for me with my weird diet. I camped 20 days in September. I think I took four commercial, dehydrated, pouch meals (Bacpacker Pantry or Mountain House). Everything else was off the shelf at the grocery market.
                Chip, I have no dietary restrictions and will eat almost anything, as long as it isn’t the same thing day after day.

                With on-line ordering and a couple uber-stocked grocery stores a half hour away I can provision a trip with whatever variety I like. But when needing to resupply at some podunk small town grocery in the midst of multi-week travels the selection becomes more limited, and I have little use for lard in a gallon can or pickled watermelon.

                My grocery nightmare is a shelf of nothing but Wonderbread stretching to infinity.

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