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The Backpacking Recipes

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true when you’re hiking all day. Starting your day with a protein-packed breakfast is always the way to go. This doesn’t have to mean meat-packed. I also include some plant-based protein breakfast alternatives for the vegetarian hikers. Either way, make sure you’re getting your protein in! These 4 breakfast backpacking recipes can help get you started.

 

Power Scramble Breakfast

This recipe is both lightweight and most of the work can be done at home. You will not be hungry after eating this delicious, power-packed breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried eggs with bacon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • Water

Preparation

From home:

Combine all ingredients but water in a Ziploc bag.

On the trail:

Boil enough water to cover the dry contents. Add water to the mix. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir again and enjoy your warm breakfast!backpacking recipes, backpacking blog

 

Strawberry Almond Oatmeal

It’s not a backpacking trip without at least one oatmeal breakfast. Again, this recipe is super simple and will make your morning a breeze. It’s vegetarian but still packed with almost 15 grams of protein! Yay almonds!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 oz freeze dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Water

Preparation

From home:

Combine all ingredients but water in Ziploc bag.

On the trail:

In cooking reservoir, combine bag contents with 1 ¼ cup water. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil for an additional minute or two, turn off the stove. Cover. Let sit for a few more minutes, or until oats are softened. Stir and enjoy!

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Creamsicle Protein Smoothie

You may have a morning on the trail where you don’t feel like dragging out your stove. There are tons of no-cook smoothie recipes out there for those mornings, here’s one you’re sure to love. Plus, it contains 29 grams of protein!

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein mix
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dry milk
  • 1/4 cup crushed freeze-dried oranges (1/2 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Water

Preparation

From home:

Combine all ingredients but water in zip lock bag.

On the trail:

Add 1 cup of cold water to bag. Seal tightly and shake until dissolved. If you have a large mug, put on the lid, cover the sip hole and shake for a minute. Enjoy your delicious, protein-packed smoothie!

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Coconut Millet Porridge with Forest Berries

This recipe is simple, lightweight, and even vegan! Although, if you don’t have coconut milk powder, you can easily substitute for whatever milk powder you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup millet instant flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried wild berry mix (blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1 teaspoon organic blueberry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or stevia powder
  • Water

Preparation

From home:

Mix all the ingredients in a zip lock bag.

On the trail:

Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Carefully pour hot water into the bag. Stir well. Seal bag and let sit in a warm place for about 3-4 minutes.backpacking recipes, backpacking food

 

Ta da! You now have a few simple, high-energy backpacking recipes for your next adventure! Check out more of our tried and tested backpacking food ideas.

What’s your favorite morning treat for the trail? Let us know in the comments below!

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