Go Take a Hike!

I've lived in Southern Cali for 9 months.  And in all that time I haven't been hiking. 

I know!  I can't believe it, and neither could my dad.  

Thanks Dad
I've noticed that hiking is a big deal around here.  Most likely because there are a hundred amazing spots to get your hike on.  There are so many in fact, that I had no idea where I wanted to go.  Luckily I have some awesome co-workers who were more than happy to take me to, the waterfalls!

I had been hearing about this beautiful hike for a while and am so happy it was my first hiking experience!

 As far as the eye can see, sprawling mountains
 I wish I could capture the vastness in these pictures!

 There were 3 streams to cross.

 Barefooted it across the streams and in between.  Felt so refreshing!
 We made it to the much anticipated waterfall!

We were not prepared to jump in.  Can you spot the tiny people on the side rocks? Yes, they were jumping in and we plan on returning and jumping in as well!

Instead we found a spot on the rocks, dunked our feet in, and ate some granola bars.  But not just any granola bars, these are super awesome, due to the super foods hidden inside.

{Super Awesome} Sweet Potato Granola Bars
With an abundance of roasted sweet potatoes sitting in my fridge, these perfectly sweet and satisfying granola bars were born.  Perfect for a hike, they pack a punch with energy inducing super foods!

2 c. oats
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. craisins
1/2 c. raisins
2 tbsp chia seeds

- Preheat oven to 350.
-Mix ingredients in bowl.  Set aside.

1 cup small sweet potatos, roasted, peeled, and pureed
2/3 c. crunchy peanut butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla
4 tbsp vanilla almond milk

- Process sweet potatoes in food processor until smooth.
- Add all (except almond milk)  ingredients to medium sauce pan and stir on low-medium heat.
- Adding the almond milk a tbsp at a time, stir until ingredients are combined and reach desired consistency.  This is the "glue" and it will be thick.  See pictures below.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with spoon until all dry ingredients are coated.
- Press into lightly greased dish.  I used a 9x13 cake pan, but only used 3/4 length.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until edges begin to crisp.

1 cup puree = about 2 small sweet potatoes

The "glue" is wet, but not too liquidy (there I go making up words).

Mix until all the ingredients are coated.

I made my bars about 1/2 an inch thick.

So I only used about 3/4 of the 9x13 cake pan.

You can cut them like bars. I wrapped some individually and put them in the freezer.

Or you can cut them into mini energy bites.

Either way you cut it, er them, they're super awesome!

Now go take a hike already!


  1. Nice! I love hiking, I never really did much till last summer, but Seattle is perfect for it. We have 2 mountain ranges. And the cascades are just a short 45 minute drive away. I can't wait till the weather is nicer and i can get back out into the mountains.

  2. I have pictures on my blog if you wanna jack em and add em!

  3. What a beautiful hike! I'm so jealous. We live in a big urban centre, and we have to drive for over an hour just to feel like we're somewhere wild. I'm way too scared to cliff-dive, although I always thought about doing it when I lived out West!

  4. I haven't even been on that hike and I've lived in SD most of my life! haha. There's a great book I got for Christmas - Afoot & Afield San Diego County - it's the most comprehensive source for hikes around SD, you should check it out! :)

  5. those bars look awesome! I've never been hiking either. I recognize those plates--they're my faves from target :-)

  6. i haven't been on a hike since i was a middle schooler, but sounds fun!