Don’t even read further if you have never been to the mountains… This recipe is special as its aim is to inspire those who a) go for a several-days-long trek in the mountains with b) no support of porters or donkeys. Saying that, I am perfectly aware this super nutritious meal is just for a couple of crazy guys whose life motto is “experience does not need to be positive, but strong”. If you are one of them, I hope you will appreciate so much tasty energy packed in just 180 grams! Try it out beforehand at home (as I did for the past 10 days) – you will see that it makes you want to skip your lunch date. If only it was once the case up there in Bolivia!
So what does this caloric bomb contain?
Oat, millet and soya flakes are slow carbs, i.e. deliver energy steadily during the performance and are a good source of protein. They also contain fibre which makes you feel nourished.
Raisins and dried apricots deliver taste and natural sugars, i.e. the source of quickly available energy. Dried apricots are also good for their content of potassium, copper and iron, pro-vitamin A, vitamin B3 and E.
Chia seeds are there for the volume – they absorb a lot of water and make you feel nourished – plus, they are a good source of protein, some B group vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphor.
Cinnamon tastes well and warms the body up, so it is an ideal start into a cold day.
Coconut oil is perhaps the most important part of it! This healthy fat plays three roles: makes you feel full, delivers a lot of energy and tastes well.
Last but not least: the infant formula! It contains milk sugar lactose so it is a natural sweetener. It also makes the porridge more creamy while delivering all the babies need. And if it is good enough for babies, why shouldn’t mountaineers benefit from that too?
1 portion = 180 grams to carry containing long lasting power for 4-5 hours of hard work
- 40 grams oat flakes or spelt flakes
- 20 grams millet flakes
- 20 grams soya flakes
- 30 grams dried apricots cut in small pieces
- 20 grams raisins
- 7 grams chia seeds
- 2 grams cinnamon
- 20 grams coconut oil
- 20 grams Sunar or any other infant formula
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. If your coconut oil has a firm consistence, warm it up separately to make it liquid and pour into the mass. Make the mixture ready for the journey by storing it in closable a plastic bag.
Out there in the mountains, boil 200 ml of water and pour it over the mixture in a pot.
Wait some 5 minutes till it cools down... Eat it up and you are ready for the daily portion of altitude meters!