When Dave and I decided to climb the 23-pitch Timewave Zero in Potrero Chico, Mexico, we needed food to take on the climb that we could easily carry in the pockets of our Camelback; that was fairly energy-rich, and that we could buy (or make) while in Mexico.
We couldn’t get any type of granola bar, Cliff bar, or Luna bar at the store in Monterrey, but a woman staying at our same campground, Rancho Cerro Gordo, was making ‘energy nuggets’ as climbing food. She gave me her recipe, and before the climb I made a supply of energy nuggets which was our food for the route. The nuggets are easy to carry in plastic bags in your pockets or a pack, travel well, and are much moister than many commercial bars.
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. sesame seeds
1/4 c. flax seeds
1 T. peanut butter (unsalted, natural works best)
1 - 2 T. sweetened condensed milk
1 - 2 T. water
Optional: 1/4 c. shredded coconut flakes
Grind dry ingredients separately in a blender. Mix ground, dry ingredients in a bowl. Add moist ingredients, adjusting amount to achieve the right consistency.
When mix is slightly tacky or sticky, roll ingredients into a ball. Roll balls in coconut if desired.
You can substitute ground nuts for one or more of the seeds, or add carob or cocoa powder, adjusting the water to achieve the correct consistency.
After the nuggets are done, store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer until ready to take them skiing or climbing!