Climber-Friendly Recipes: No-Bake Cookie Bites

Ditch your meal-replacement bars. Eat cookies.
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These healthy, bite-sized treats are as packable as a meal-replacement bar and perfectly portioned for quick snacking between single-pitch routes, on belay ledges, or between boulder problems. Packed with fiber from whole grains, nuts, and fruit, just one or two bites will leave you satisfied without weighing you down for redpointing. Better yet, the simple sugars from maple syrup and apple sauce will give you a quick energy boost, sans the blood sugar spike and subsequent crash of sugar-sweetened desserts. The carbohydrates and protein also promote muscle recovery, so you can continue to indulge on the car ride home.

These delicious cookies are ready in less than 10 minutes, no oven required. That's right, you can whip up a batch on a single burner camp stove.


  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup (or substitute honey)
  • ½ cup milk* 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter**
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats*** 

*Any kind of milk: dairy, almond, soy, cashew, etc.
**Substitute cashew or almond butter for a creamier texture or sun butter for a tasty twist.
***Make your own by placing 3 cups regular rolled oats in a food processor and pulse 3-4 times.


  1. Combine applesauce, maple syrup, and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for one minute then remove from heat.
  2. Stir in nut butter and vanilla until smooth. Next stir in oats until completely coated. Mix in raisins.
  3. Drop mixture by the spoonful (about 2 tablespoons at a time) onto baking sheets and allow to cool until firm. Cookies keep best if refrigerated.

Yields: 24 cookie bites

Nutritional Information (Per cookie; using 1% dairy milk):

Energy: 113 cal • Fat: 3.5g • Carbs: 19.5g • Protein: 4.5g • Sodium: 30mg • Fiber: 2g