Easy Backpacking Recipes

Here you will find backpacking food ideas including campfire cooking and other easy backpacking recipes more exciting than dehydrated packages.

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Backpacker’s Chia Breakfast Pudding

— May 7th, 2015

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.

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Creamy Grits with Kale and Sunflower Seeds

— April 15th, 2015

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.

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Marinated Backpacking Tofu

— April 8th, 2015

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.

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Blueberry Coconut Almond Bars

— March 27th, 2015

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.

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Backpacking Tortilla Soup

— March 20th, 2015

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!

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

— September 18th, 2014

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.

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Raspberry Fig Fruit Leather

— August 29th, 2014

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.

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Chili Mac with Bacon

— May 22nd, 2014

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.

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Spicy Potato Flatbreads

— May 19th, 2014

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.

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Trout Tacos

— May 16th, 2014

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!

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Spicy Korean Lentil Soup

— May 7th, 2014

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.

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Hazelnut Raisin Crisps

— February 11th, 2014

These thin and crunchy Hazelnut Raisin Crisps are great to enjoy on a day hike with some hard cheese and fruit.

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Ramen Packet Seasoned Quinoa

— January 16th, 2014

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.

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Apple Spice Fruit Leather

— October 23rd, 2013

Apple Spice Fruit Leather is a lightweight and healthy snack that your little ones will love. Plus it’s so easy to make!

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Broccoli Cheese Orzo

— September 9th, 2013

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!

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Orange Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

— May 1st, 2013

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 Curry Soup

— March 27th, 2013

Coconut cream powder is the secret in this silky smooth Coconut Curry Soup that you can make backpacking.

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Tempeh Beef Stew

— March 13th, 2013

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.

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How to Dehydrate Vegetables

— March 7th, 2013

Learn how to dehydrate vegetables in your oven for backpacking trips.

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Banana Chocolate Walnut Granola Bars

— January 29th, 2013

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!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

— November 6th, 2012

The long wait is over and Aimee’s babies are finally here. To celebrate, make these delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

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Oatmeal Apple Bread

— October 25th, 2012

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.

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Garlicky Lima Bean Spread

— September 28th, 2012

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.

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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Olives, and Spinach

— April 4th, 2012

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.

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Orange Coconut Macaroons

— March 28th, 2012

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.

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Spicy Maple Chex Mix

— March 1st, 2012

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.

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Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

— November 1st, 2011

Spice up some pumpkin seeds by roasting them with our Secret Weapon Spice Rub.

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Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal

— October 12th, 2011

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!

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Grits Cakes

— August 5th, 2011

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.

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Not Your Average Ramen

— July 15th, 2011

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.

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Pistachio and Raisin Breakfast Couscous

— July 9th, 2011

Couscous is a backpacking staple, so why not make it for breakfast too? Our breakfast couscous is cooked with dried milk, raisins, and pistachios.

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Double Chocolate Quick Bread

— April 11th, 2011

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.

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Thai Coconut Soup

— February 16th, 2011

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.

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Picnic Pressed Sandwiches

— January 25th, 2011

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.

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Backpacking Recipe Formula

— December 16th, 2010

Backpacking recipes should balance speed, ease, and filling nutrition, and using a backpacking recipe formula over one recipe will keep your meals interesting.

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Dried Plum and Caramelized Shallot Stuffing

— November 24th, 2010

A delicious vegetarian Dried Plum and Caramelized Shallot stuffing for your backpacking, car camping, or at-home Thanksgiving needs.

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Mushroom Soup

— November 11th, 2010

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.

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Maple Olive Oil Apple Chips

— October 22nd, 2010

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.

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Quick Backpacking Breakfast Ideas

— September 23rd, 2010

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.

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Zucchini Pasta

— July 6th, 2010

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.