This blog post is a little different than some of my previous ones. I am a perpetual snacker. I rarely go two waking hours without eating something! So, obviously I have a few recipes and tips for surviving flights of any length.
My question to you… what do you snack on when traveling? Do you prepare stuff before you travel and stash it away in your carry-on, or do you generally buy stuff at the airport or on board? Would you be interested in recipes for some for prepare-ahead snacks?
As an example, here’s my recipe for Granola Bars. Feel free to change up the nuts and fruits…
• cookie sheet
• 9x13x2 pan for crunchy -or- 9×9 for chewy
• Knife for chopping
• Cutting board
• 2 cups of oats
• ½ cup of pecans
• ¼ cup of almonds
• ¼ cup of hazelnuts
• ¼ cup of flax seed or meal
• ½ cup of coconut
• ½ cup of honey
• ¼ cup packed brown sugar
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 tsp of vanilla extract
• ½ tsp of salt
• ½ – ¾ cup dried fruit in any combination. I like cherries, apricots and peaches
Preheat oven to 350o. Grease baking dish and set aside.
Chop the nuts to desired size. Spread the oats, nuts and flax on ungreased cookie sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the coconut for the last 5 minutes.
While the dry ingredients are toasting, put all the “wet” ingredients into a saucepan on medium heat. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved.
Chop fruit to desired size.
When oats and nuts are good and toasty, remove from the oven and them to the wet ingredients. Stir well. Add the fruit and stir.
Once everything is evenly incorporated, spread mixture into the baking pan. Press mixture firmly into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake 20 minutes. (Less time for more chewy.) Note: Crunchy granola bars will not be firm until they have cooled.
Allow to cool completely. Cut into pieces and store in airtight container.
Place the airtight container in an easily accessible part of your carry-on luggage and you’re ready to go!
If you all like my offerings, I may make this a regular feature here at the Delta blog, so let me know what you think.