Easy Backpacking Recipes
Here you will find backpacking food ideas including campfire cooking and other easy backpacking recipes more exciting than dehydrated packages.
Chia pudding is the perfect lightweight, non-perishable superfood for backpacking. Mix chia seeds with water or milk to create a tapioca-like pudding, and then top with anything you’d put on your oatmeal.
The secret to these super creamy backpacking grits is cashew butter. Topped with kale chips and sunflower seeds, it makes a savory and satisfying backpacking breakfast.
Ever tried marinating meat and freezing it for a backpacking trip? Here’s a similar idea with tofu marinated in lime and tequila for a fresh, fish taco flavor.
These Blueberry Almond Coconut Bars are a great on the go snack. We take them to the park for the littles all the time, but they’d also make a perfect trail snack.
We made our tortilla soup recipe more portable and turned it into a backpacking worthy meal. We took the essence of the recipe and got it down to 9 ingredients (mostly in powder form). You’re welcome!
Loaded mashed potatoes is a lightweight, versatile, and easy backpacking meal. This recipe is for loaded mashed potatoes with broccoli, cheese and bacon, but there are many ways to jazz up a potato.
If you’re lucky enough to have fresh figs around, you won’t be sorry you made this Raspberry Fig Fruit Leather. Stash it in your pack for a day hike or backpacking trip.
Chili mac with bacon is one of the ultimate comfort backpacking meals. This recipe combines cheese sauce, bean flakes, and bacon for a protein rich sauce that is irresistable.
These Spicy Potato Flatbreads are great on the trail on their own, but if you’ll be eating them fresh at your campsite, serve them hot with butter.
Fishing in the back country can produce the freshest outdoor recipes. Here is one for trout tacos that will motivate you to get out this summer!
Try this Spicy Korean Lentil soup for a light but hearty meal. Combining of Hot & Spicy Korean BBQ sauce, lentils, cabbage and Daikon, this meal-worthy soup makes for a tasty bowl full of flavor.
These thin and crunchy Hazelnut Raisin Crisps are great to enjoy on a day hike with some hard cheese and fruit.
Ramen packets are a perfect spice blend for many simple and nutritious backpacking meals. Ramen Packet Seasoned Quinoa is a healthier and more protein-packed option than noodles for your next backpacking trip.
Apple Spice Fruit Leather is a lightweight and healthy snack that your little ones will love. Plus it’s so easy to make!
You can make your own backpacker’s meal easliy by reusing an old aluminum backpacker’s meal pouch. Here is a recipe for Broccoli Cheese Orzo, one of my favorite things to take backpacking. No mess and no dishes!
Orange Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip is easy to make, and is the perfect snack for on the trail. Make it at home and take it backpacking, or make orange honey mustard pretzel dip at camp for your day hike.
Coconut cream powder is the secret in this silky smooth Coconut Curry Soup that you can make backpacking.
Tempeh Beef Stew is just what you need for a cold night out in the wilderness. It will give you a warm and comforting feeling to get you through the worse of any conditions – or sleep like a baby in beautiful weather.
Learn how to dehydrate vegetables in your oven for backpacking trips.
Here is another delicious and easy granola bar recipe for your next trip. Banana Chocolate Walnut Granola Bars are delicious anywhere you take them- even sitting at home!
The long wait is over and Aimee’s babies are finally here. To celebrate, make these delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!
Don’t throw away your leftover oatmeal! Make this hearty Oatmeal Apple Bread instead. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack with a little dab of salted butter.
Garlicky lima bean spread is a flavorful addition to any sandwich or great as a dip for crackers or vegetables. It makes an easy make-at-home addition to any camping trip, and sticks to your ribs, filling you up on the trail.
One of the secrets to great camping food is to make part of your meal at home. This Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Olives, and Spinach recipe is a perfect example, because you make the pesto at home and then toss it with the pasta at camp.
Orange Coconut Macaroons are sturdy cookies that have an amazingly bright light flavor. Take them with you on any kind of trip for the perfect snack to pick you up and make you feel great.
Made with pure maple syrup and spicy sambal oelek, this Spicy Maple Chex Mix is like no other Chex Mix you’ve tried. It’s an unexpected combination that we’re sure you’ll love.
A chewy, nutty, and easy version of the same old same old camping food, oatmeal. Overnight steel cut oatmeal will make it easy to get up and out of bed!
These veggie loaded grits cakes are fantastic both hot and at room temperature. Grits cakes even make a great backpacking recipe, as they keep surprisingly well.
Ramen is not a new thing for backpacking but this recipe is Not Your Average Ramen! Toasted Nori, corn and butter bring this classic backpacking meal to a another level.
Couscous is a backpacking staple, so why not make it for breakfast too? Our breakfast couscous is cooked with dried milk, raisins, and pistachios.
Make this Double Chocolate Quick Bread at home and take it with you on your next picnic or day trip. It’s loaded with chocolate, but not overly sweet like a chocolate cake.
Make a meal out of this aromatic Thai Coconut Soup using a blend of fresh herbs and savory ingredients. This easy Thai Coconut Soup recipe is great with tofu, chicken and noodles and your favorite veggies.
Sandwiches are convenient outdoor food items, but always get squashed. This pressed sandwich is the answer to the problem because it is meant to be squashed.
Backpacking recipes should balance speed, ease, and filling nutrition, and using a backpacking recipe formula over one recipe will keep your meals interesting.
A delicious vegetarian Dried Plum and Caramelized Shallot stuffing for your backpacking, car camping, or at-home Thanksgiving needs.
Here’s a recipe for a creamy mushroom soup that you can even take backpacking! Enjoy with a grilled cheese sandwich next to a toasty campfire.
A little bit salty, a little bit sweet. A little bit crunchy, a little bit chewy. Maple Olive Oil Apple Chips will satisfy all your cravings while you’re out on the trail.
Here are some quick backpacking breakfast ideas for those of you who want to get up, energized, and on the trail without having to worry about cooking.
Onions and zucchini cook down to form a deliciously creamy sauce to coat your pasta. Zucchini Pasta is an easy way to use up all the zucchini in your garden.