I spend a lot of time hiking in the woods. In my day pack, I carry a few snack bars in case I ever get stuck and have to stay in the forest overnight. All fine, except that the bars I've been using are very high carb low-fat things, and no longer something I would want to eat.
Are there any paleo type bars out there? I'm not looking for something to make myself (I do that, but those bars wouldn't last long in the pack), but rather something that could stay in my pack for months at a time without going bad. Any suggestions?
UPDATE: It's amazing what you people know about! Suggestions here have been incredibly helpful. Wow.
It seems like larabars would be our solution. They're reasonably paleo and made from dates and nuts. They do have a fair amount of sugar, and some of the varieties have a lot of pufa, but overall they're not so bad. I would suggest the cherry pie flavor.
A great option for a Paleo Pre-Pack Snackbar! Grass fed meat, grass fed tallow, sea salt: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok?category=Grassland+Beef%3ABeef+Pemmican
I'm surprised no one has brought up pemmican, which was used by native Americans.
There are several pemmican producers online and you can search around for more.
The problem with prepackaged snack bars is that they need to contain a certain percentage of sugary stuff to stick together well. Perhaps you could carry jerky and a limited number of bars. I'd be concerned about nuts becoming rancid after months in a pack, either on their own or in the bars. Can you settle for reloading the pack more often? In cool weather of course 85% chocolate and pemmican are classic trail food.
Add: Coconut flakes would be good pack food.
Don't know how long they would last, but ones I have tried so far that are mostly paleo are:
GoRaw Banana Bread Flax Bar http://www.goraw.com/products/Banana_Bread_Flax_Bar
Larabars and PaeloKrunch bars.
I have found some beef jerky that does not have anything added; often called "original flavor". Those called "honey and garlic", etc, have sugar and other stuff - but, again, some only have real garlic and real honey. I always read the label for ingredients; and I especially look at the sugar content - zero is best.
Some jerky brands are hard and some are chewy. Try them out. None of the ones I use need refrigeration, and none get hard over time.
I really like Lydia's Organics Tropical Mango bar. It's all fruit but crunchy unlike a Larabar. It's my favorite paleo cookie. You can eat it dry or rehydrate or dip into your drink like biscoti. Really delicious. Pricey though. I buy by the case from iherb for the best price.