Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, nuts, wheat germ, powdered sugar,
cinnamon and orange zest. Add all of the remaining ingredients, except the cranberries, and mix well.
Once everything is thoroughly mixed, spread the mixture out on a cookie
sheet and place in the hot oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, stir well and return to the oven for 15 more minutes.
Stir again and return again to the oven. Repeat this process until the granola
is dry and as browned as you would like it.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool and add the cranberries. Store in an air-tight container.
On the trail: Eat as breakfast or a snack.
Makes 1 serving
No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
These are extremely easy to make at home and a little bit cheaper if you're going on an extended trip. The flavor is amazing, and you can't beat homemade. These make a great on the go breakfast or can also be eaten as a snack or lunch. Maybe even dessert.
At home: Combine the peanut butter, butter, and milk in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat. Stir constantly until mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat and add in the oatmeal and protein. At this time you can also add any optional items. Press into a 9×9 inch ungreased pan and let cool. Cut into bars and store in plastic baggies. Refrigerate over night to harden
Makes 16 (2×2 inch) bars
Customize by adding dried fruit, nuts, coconut, seeds, flax, or wheat germ.