A Restorative Day Trip + A Yummy Snack for the Road!

Located just 30 minutes outside of Portland, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey offers several trails and scenic overlooks for guests to enjoy. It’s a beautiful drive coming from most any direction, with easy access from Newberg, Dundee and Hillsboro.

Wander the grounds and take in the incredible zen-inspired landscape including ponds, sculpture, and an array of trees, plants and flowers.

Guadalupe Loop is a 3.5 Mile hike with an elevation of 772 feet. There are several trails that connect, including Monk’s Trail, Hermit’s Trail and St. Juan Diego pass, offering you a new experience each time you visit!  Please note that in order to protect wildlife and preserve the natural habitat, dogs are not permitted on the trails.  For more information, visit: trappistabbey.org   





And how about a healthy snack for your day trip? Read on for a fool-proof recipe! 



Lauren’s Healthy, Hearty Energy Cookies
(Sugar, dairy and Gluten-free)

These cookies are my “go-to” homemade energy bars!  You can have them for breakfast, a snack or take along in your backpack! This recipe is incredibly forgiving and adaptable, so try different versions and see what you like best! 


  •  2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Oats
  •  3/4 cup natural creamy peanut or almond butter (unsweetened- or mix the two!)
  •  1 mashed ripe banana
  •  1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  •  1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  •  1/8 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  •  3/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or delete if you don’t care for cinnamon)
  •  Add ins: chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried fruit… you name it!


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly brush with olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the wet ingredients.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in any add-ins and mix until evenly combined- taste! Adjust salt or sweetener.
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets  The cookies won’t spread while baking so they can be close together. Flatten each cookie dough mound into an even disc about 1/4 inch thick
  • Bake for 15 minutes until golden but still soft.
  • Refrigerate leftovers as a grab and go energy bar for your walk, hike or road trip!  Enjoy!!
Posted on July 21, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Sohee Anderson LLC | Category: Around PDX & Beyond

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