Sustenance is of huge importance when you’re out on the trail.  Anyone who’s ever trekked knows that keeping your body energised and hydrated can make or break your trip.  With this in mind we’d like to share a series of recipes for delicious and energy-boosting food for the road.  We’d also love to hear from you if you have any favourite trekking/riding snacks, please share your recipe!!!

Rocky Road Tsampa Trekballs

Tsampa is roasted barley flour from Tibet and is a top choice for the trail due to its nutritional qualities and ability to fill you up.  Tsampa is widely available here in Dharamsala due to the fact that it is the principal Tibetan settlement in India.  Tsampa is beginning to be a bit more widely available in the West also.

Here’s our recipe for quick and easy tsampa snacks:

1 cup tsampa

2-3 tablespoons melted butter

3 tablespoons crushed peanuts (or other nuts)

3 tablespoons crushed oreo cookies, maltesers, butter biscuits (or chocolate/biscuits of your choice)

Handful of chopped marshmallows

2 tablespoons honey

Cocoa powder for dusting

Desiccated coconut (for coating)

Combine all the above ingredients (except the cocoa and coconut) in a bowl (or food processor if you have one) and mix thorougly.  Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls and roll firstly in the cocoa powder to coat, then in the coconut.  Voila, some Himalayan-inspired Rocky Road, for the road.

Rocky Road Trekballs

 

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Vaila Macintyre

Vaila’s home is Scotland but is very rarely there. She studied towards her degree in International Business and Languages in Scotland, France and Germany and graduated in 2003. For the best part of the last decade, she has experienced life in a variety of different countries. A trained English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, she has a passion for language and thrives on being part of people’s learning experiences, especially if travel is also involved!