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Soldier in the Kitchen

Cooking isn’t a hobby Blake is interested in. He wants to be out in the field, either camping with Clara and Sophia, or on operations with Delta Force. He’ll cook if he needs to, but he’ll just as happily snack and keep moving. When he needs easy food on the go, he’s grabbing a trail mix energy ball. They’re quick to make, easy to package (small saran wrap balls), and packed with calories that are both sugary for quick release energy and complex to store a few calories until he needs the next one.

Read more about Blake in The Genesis Project.

Trail Mix Energy Bites Recipe

No Bake, Gluten-free, Vegan

Makes 20 bites

  • 2 cups of almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats (or regular oats if you’re not gluten intolerant)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cashews chopped
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1 scoop of protein (optional)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Roll mixture into balls of any size
  3. Enjoy! You can store these in the fridge or freezer depending on how often you plan to eat them.

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