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Logan Bread Recipe

Logan bread is a dense quick bread full of dried fruits and nuts. Named after Mount Logan in the Yukon, Logan Bread’s delicious taste, high calorie content, indestructibility, and non-perishability make it an ideal long distance backpacking food.

I first leaned about Logan Bread a month ago from my friend John on a section hike of the Long Trail that we did together. I’ve taken the recipe he sent me and made a few modifications to make it less flaky and better able to withstand the rigors of my food bag.

Logan Bread

1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
1.5 cups rye flour
1 cup quick oats
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup wild flower honey
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4 eggs


Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Mix all of the grains, powdered milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl

Next, mix all of the other ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Logan Bread - Next, mix all of the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl
Next, mix all of the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl


Grease two 9″ x 9″ pans using Crisco. Then sprinkle extra flour onto pan bottoms and sides. This will show you if you’ve missed greasing any spots and will help with removing the bread from the pans when finished baking.

Mix the ingredients of the two bowls and mix very thoroughly.

Spoon the mixture into the two greased pans evenly.

Bake for 90 minutes at 275 degrees or until a tester comes out clean.

Let cool. Carve Logan Bread into 3″ x 3″ squares and store in plastic ziplocs for eating on a backpacking trip or at the office.

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  1. As a fan of the outdoors, and Tolkien, and food (who isn’t), I just want to comment that although I appreciate that most of us are intrigued enough about Lembas to want to find a DIY version, I came to the conclusion that like everything “Elvish” (no, not Elvis) Lembas is an elegant, not complicated, resource. It would be relatively simple to make (few ingredients), easy to store long term, and be extremely high in calories. Technically, Lembas, outside of fantasy fiction, is impossible. We know the maximum calorie density of foodstuffs (which is pure fat at 9kcal per gram) so even if you live on pure olive oil (eww), you still have to carry and eat a lot of it.
    What I usually bake for trips are what we Brits call Flapjacks (Basically oats, butter, and some kind of refined sugar syrup or honey). Simple, quick, elegant, and can keep for ages in a sealed container. But, your Logan bread looks very interesting, and tasty, so I will definitely be trying a variation of the recipe for my next trip.

  2. I made this today and it was very good. It only took an hour to bake. I followed the recipe exactly. It tastes a lot like Boston brown bread and shares some of the same ingredients. I put some in the freezer for future hiking trips and may try some variations in the future such as adding chia seeds. Thanks for posting the recipe. I scanned each ingredient into the Lose It app and calculated the calories for 18 bars – it came to 355 calories per bar.

  3. I forgot to add that I used Pam cooking spray with flour, and since I only had one 9×9 pan, I used a shallow 2 quart ceramic baking dish for the other pan which worked fine.

  4. Phil thanks for the recipe. We are going to use this on our Scout high adventure, canoeing in Alaska this summer. I made a couple of modifications, one on purpose and the other out of necessity. I swapped out the rye flour for quinoa flour. I am not a fan of rye and putting quinoa in helps pump up the protein and taste pretty good as well. The other is I could not find any dried cherries at our local grocery so used cherry juice infused dried cranberries. Never herd of this but they worked and also tasted great.

  5. I have been using this receipt for two years. If you have a 1/2 table chafing dish the whole amount will fit and in and cook well. I switch between flax seed/ sunflower seed and wheat germ; switch dried fruit (I think dried apples don’t work) and add extra and different nuts. Black walnuts and pecans are great . Has lasted up to 3-4 weeks in an air tight container on the top of my fridge. Fed to scouts while in the Smokies and they liked it.

  6. Made this today using gluten free flours:white rice flour, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and replaced oat bran for wheat bran. Added an extra egg, and a bit more oil.
    It turned out excellent!! My husband who is not gluten free says it’s delicious!

  7. crocodile_dondii

    Very nutritious, filling, and easy to eat on its own

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