Healthy Beginnings

Burning Man Snacks

Burning Man is just around the corner. During the week of August 31st through September 7th, Burners will spend one glorious week in Northern Nevada’s hot desert sun, exploring this year’s theme “Evolution.” They will have so many questions to ponder. As humans, what are we? Where are we from and where are we going? But more importantly, what are we going to eat today?

To answer this, we have called on avid Burner and Sous Chef of August E’s restaurant in Fredericksburg, TX, Atticus Ahrendt. He provided healthful recipes that are easy to make and store. They are delicious, nutritious and perfectly “playa”ble.

Fruit Leather
Take 2 cups of your favorite fruit and puree it in a food processor with a little water. Sweeten with a natural sweetener to taste and a little salt to balance the flavor.

Take a cake pan and line it with wax paper. Pour the puree in the pan and put another piece of wax paper on top.

Set your oven to low and dry the fruit with the door open for several hours. The fruit will have a leathery texture when it is finished drying. To store, cut and roll the fruit leather up in plastic wrap. This is a healthy and convenient snack out on the playa while you are away from your campsite.

Dried Fruit Snacks

  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup Agave Nectar or other natural sweetener
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Chopped nuts – as needed

Combine dried fruit and sweetener. Add enough graham cracker crumbs until mixture holds together. Form into balls or medallion sized discs. Press in chopped nuts to form an outer layer.

Benefits: Dried fruits contain most if not all of the original health benefits that you can find in fresh fruit, but with half of the original size. Nuts help prolong muscular energy. Only a few handfuls of these snacks contain the daily values of vitamin C, vitamin A, B6, potassium, iron and magnesium.


  • 6 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened Coconut strands
  • 2 cups your favorite Nuts, coarse chopped
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 cup Bran Flakes
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ

Lightly toast each ingredient individually in a 300* oven. Combine and add ½ cup walnut, peanut, or almond oil and 1/2 cup natural sweetener like molasses, sorghum, or maple syrup. Mix well and bake again until golden brown. Lastly, stir in 2 cups of your favorite dried fruit.

Benefits: This granola mixture is vital to a week in the desert. Rolled oats and Bran flakes are a good source of Fiber, Iron, vitamins B-1, B-2 and E. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium which helps calm muscles and nerves by preventing cramping. It also helps regulate blood pressure. Wheat Germ helps improve strength, muscle endurance, and helps the body manage stress.

Carob Energy Bars

  • 1 cup Carob Powder
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts

In a double boiler mix together the carob powder, peanut butter, and honey. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Spread out mixture in a cake pan or portion into an ice tray. Cut into pieces when cool if you are using a cake pan or simply pop the pieces out of the ice tray and individually wrap.

Benefits: Carob powder has twice the calories, three times the calcium, and caffeine free compared to cocoa powder. Good, pure energy for a long day of bike riding on the playa!