Back in February, we wrote about some extra-tasty DIY adventure foods. It was so popular, we decided to find three more easy, fun and healthy adventure meals you can make in your own kitchen. From a homemade protein bar to a super-cheesy casserole, bonking on your next backpacking trip will be the least of your concerns.
Cheesy Chicken with Broccoli & Rice
This is a relatively simple backpacking meal from The Hippy Homemaker that you can prep at home before hitting the trail. With lots of cheese and protein, this savory dish will be extra satisfying after a long day in the mountains. You’ll need a dehydrator to make this meal, so we’d recommend doubling it to make a couple meals. Veggies can substitute the chicken for white beans.
No-Bake Protein Bars
This super healthy DIY protein bar from Whole New Mom is grain-free, using pulverized nuts, coconut oil, and flax meal instead of flour. Plus it’s no-bake, so you won’t have to heat up your kitchen on soft summer days. Hikers, if you’re heading out on long expeditions, try making this with macadamia nuts for extra fat.
Homemade Vegetable Crisps
Last week we talked about the importance of eating salt when you’re exercising in hot weather. Here’s an easy and healthy recipe from Jaime Oliver for homemade vegetable crisps – beets, parsnips, and carrots – with spicy salt. Remember to convert 150ºC to 302ºF. Pack a ziplock bag of these and enjoy in a shady spot with a spectacular view.
Foul weather keeping you indoors this weekend? No reason to let that get you down! Why not spend some time in the kitchen experimenting with these homemade energy bars, DIY backpacking meals, and good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies? Find one you like and bake them before your next adventure!
No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bars
Delicious and easy? Sign us up! Chia seeds, as you may know, are a much heralded superfood, rich in healthy nutrients like fiber and protein. This DIY breakfast bar recipe from The Daily Burn makes full use of chia seed's natural properties: each bar contains 7g of fiber and 6g of protein!
Monica's 6 Homemade Backpacking Meals
Monica from The Yummy Life has a fantastic blog with some great DIY backpacking recipes. Try mixing up one of these six recipes this weekend and sample them from comfort of your own home, before you take them on the trail. Curry Chicken Rice, anyone?
Fresh Electrolyte Recovery Drink
You've no doubt seen the bottles of electrolyte drinks and powders in your local health food store (or even outdoor gear store!), but are quite often filled with artificial sweeteners and food dyes. Try out one of these homemade, all-natural drinks from Everyday Roots after your next workout session.
Healthy Homemade Granola from Cookie + Kate
Love granola? Don't love all the words on the ingredients list you can't pronounce? Try making your own granola at home. It's incredibly easy and more cost efficient than buy boxes of store bought granola. We're big fans of the recipe blog Cookie + Kate, which provides a huge variety of recipes and beautiful photography to boot! Insider tip: granola is a great backpacking breakfast. Mix up a cup of dehydrated milk powder and serve your homemade granola!
The Wild Backpacker's Latte Bars
Need a little afternoon kick on the trail? Try making this Latte Bar recipe from the Wild Backpacker. With minimal ingredients and a short bake time, you'll be enjoying these bars in no time!