Lightweight Food to

Fuel Your Hikes

You need to pack light on the trail. You also need adventure fuel. Get ready for an alpine start with a nutritious (and obviously delicious) breakfast, take a lunch break that will leave you feeling ready to conquer the trail, enjoy a quick snack, and top the day off with a sweet dessert. With so many meal options, it’s tough to choose which ones to take on your next hiking trip. Here are some of our all-time favorite Backpacker's Pantry picks — straight from the outdoor adventure experts!
With so many meal options, it's tough to choose which ones to take on your next hiking trip. Here are some of our all-time favorite Backpacker's Pantry picks -- straight from the outdoor adventure experts!
Breakfast
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Indian Rice Pudding (2 Servings)

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Granola with Milk and Blueberries (1 Serving)

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Mango Sticky Rice (2 Servings)

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Indian Rice Pudding (2 Servings)
Spice up your next trail-side breakfast with our traditional Indian rice pudding. This low sodium, soy free delight is full of almonds and raisins, plus an exotic spice blend of cardamom, orange peel, and honey. Prepare it by adding 1-1 1/2 cups of boiling water to the pouch. Stir well, let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes, give it one final stir, and serve. You can also create a make-ahead cold breakfast with 2 cups of water and several hours of hydration time. And here’s another little secret: this dish is also perfect for dessert.

Breakfast Picks

Granola with Milk and Blueberries (1 Serving)
Preparing breakfast doesn’t get any easier than our wholesome granola with oats, real butter, almonds, blueberries, coconut, and milk. It’s an explosion of flavor and nutrition that you can make right from your sleeping bag! Simply add 1 cup of hot or cold water to the pouch and dig in.

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Mango Sticky Rice (2 Servings)
Bring a bit of Thailand with you on your next hike. Our mango sticky rice is a sweet, black sesame seed-topped Thai delight that’s vegan, soy free, and full of all the delicious mango and coconut flavors you’d expect from this classic dessert. Here’s a bonus secret — our mango sticky rice also makes for a delicious dessert. All you need is 1-1 1/2 cups of boiling water and 15-20 minutes of patience.
Entree
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Beef Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms (2 Servings)

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Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken (2 Servings)

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Lasagna (2 Servings)

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Pesto Salmon Pasta (2 Servings)

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Chicken Cashew Curry (2 Servings)

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Beef Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms (2 Servings)
This mouth-watering stroganoff recipe is the ultimate comfort food for wherever your adventures take you. It’s made with all-natural freeze-dried beef, wild forest mushrooms, noodles, and a tangy sour cream sauce to top everything off. Prep is a breeze, too — all you need is a pot, water, and some heat to get that water boiling. 20 minutes later you'll be enjoying a nutritionally-balanced meal that refuels your body for backpacking, hunting, and all of your other favorite outdoor activities. A delicious, camp-ready entree that’s easy to prepare… is it too good to be true? We'll let you be the judge.

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Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken (2 Servings)
Your body needs some serious nourishment when you’re out in the wilderness, and have we got the meal for you. Who doesn’t love some old-fashioned fettuccini alfredo? It all starts with a rich, creamy alfredo sauce. We don’t skimp on the spices, so you know each mouthful will be full of flavor. And we’ve all choked down rehydrated noodles that taste more like cardboard than pasta, but not here. Roasted red peppers and tasty, tender, all-natural chicken round out the meal. Can a meal this delicious really be prepared with boiling water in 15-20 minutes? It sure can.

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Lasagna (2 Servings)
This lasagna is traditional Italian comfort food with an adventure-friendly, and vegetarian, twist. We use a hearty and organic soy protein in lieu of ground beef — and you may have never known the difference. We never skimp on the spices, so your lasagna will be full of your favorite Italian seasonings. Then there’s the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and perfectly cooked, plump noodles. You’ll hardly believe a pot, water, heat, and 20 minutes of rehydration time is all that lies between you and a nutritionally balanced meal. Bon appetit!

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Pesto Salmon Pasta (2 Servings)
Enjoying smoked wild Alaskan salmon filets tossed in a flavorful basil pesto sauce while camping might sound luxurious and too-good-to-be-true, but let us assure you — it can be done. Almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, and the most deliciously plump pasta you’ve ever had in the wilderness round out the meal. To prepare your pesto salmon pasta, remove the salmon and olive oil pouches, open them up, and add to other ingredients. After 15-20 minutes of rehydrating, it’s time to eat like royalty.

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Chicken Cashew Curry (2 Servings)
If you’ve never heard the phrase “trail curry” before, now you have! This lower sodium meal is highlighted by a delightfully mild Indian curry, with a spice level that nearly any palate will enjoy (though we won’t judge spice lovers if they add some extra hot sauce). Our all-natural, white meat chicken provides a much-needed protein boost to keep you going, but let’s not forget about the cashews, onions, mushrooms, and celery. Prep is a breeze, too — all you need is a potful of boiling water. 15-20 minutes later you'll be enjoying a nutritionally-balanced meal that keeps you moving.
Snacks
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Salsa (1 Cup)

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All-Natural Peanut Butter (4 Pack)

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Whole Milk (4 Cups)

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Salsa (1 Cup)
Taking fresh salsa with you while hiking adds extra weight you don’t need… until now. Our salsa can be made however you like it: hot, mild, or something in between. A jalapeno spice packet is included with this delicious chunky salsa, so you control the heat. To prepare, remove the jalapeno pepper packet, add one cup of water to the remaining contents, stir it all up, and add your kick of spice (caution, these peppers are hot!). Let it sit for 5 minutes while you get out the the tortilla chips and breakfast burritos.

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All-Natural Peanut Butter (4 Pack)
We can’t take the credit for this one, but we’re sure you’ll love these little packets of nut buttery goodness from Peanut Butter & Co. Every packet is full of delicious, all-natural peanut butter that’ll keep your body fueled and ready for your next hike. It’s great on it’s own, or paired with apples, crackers, bananas, celery, and anything else you can think of!

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Whole Milk (4 Cups)
Keeping your diet balanced while also consuming enough calories can be tough when you’re out on a long hike… and that’s why powdered milk comes in handy! Just add 1/2 cup water to the pouch, stir until smooth, then add an additional 3-3 1/2 cups of water and stir well. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then enjoy it solo, add to coffee, mix with granola or nuts, or whatever else sounds tasty.
Dessert
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Dessert Picks

Hot Apple Cobbler (2 Servings)

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Creme Brulee (2 Servings)

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Coconut Key Lime Pie (2 Servings)

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (2 Servings)

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Mocha Mousse Pie (2 Servings)

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Hot Apple Cobbler (2 Servings)
Our hot apple cobbler is full of sweet cinnamon apples topped with a delicious savory cobbler crust. Cooking your cobbler is a multi-step process, but we still like to keep things simple. You’ll need boiling water for the apples and sauce, 3 additional tablespoons of water for the cobbler mix, and a non stick pan. The best part? You can be enjoying your dessert by the bonfire in less than 10 minutes.

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Creme Brulee (2 Servings)
Our chef's sweet and satisfying twist on this classic French treat is sure to have you looking forward to dessert after setting up camp. If you’re wondering whether this treat comes complete with a burnt sugar topping, never fear — you’ll get the full creme brulee experience, no blow torch required. You won’t even need hot water for this one, because this sweet treat can be made with cold water.

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Coconut Key Lime Pie (2 Servings)
Do you enjoy a bit of tanginess with your sweet desserts? If you do, our refreshing coconut key lime pie is the perfect flavor combination you’ve been craving. Tangy lime and sweet coconut come together under a graham cracker crumb topping, and all you need to prepare it is 2/3 cups of cold water, something to whisk the mixture with, and 10 minutes of patience. Making dessert on the trail couldn’t get any easier.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (2 Servings)
Sinful dark chocolate cheesecake that only requires cold water? It is possible! Our dark chocolate cheesecake is rich, creamy, and comes complete with chocolate cookie crumbs to top it all off. Once you’ve added water, mixed everything up, and sprinkled the chocolate crumb topping over the filling, a mere 13 minutes is all that stands between you and a dessert you’ll want to bring along hiking again and again.

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Mocha Mousse Pie (2 Servings)
This not-too-sweet dessert is just what you need after a day on the trails, and preparing it is a breeze. The only prep work standing between you and your chocolate mousse (with a touch of coffee flavor) is 1 cup of water, 2 minutes of brisk whisking, and 13 minutes of (im)patient waiting. Don’t forget to add the delicious graham cracker crumbs!
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