Whether you’re heading out for a hike, hunt, or fishing trip, always be prepared with these delicious, nutritious, homemade snacks.
Make some of your own snacks! These are easy, delicious and you know exactly what goes into them.
1. No-bake energy bites
These energy bites are chock-full of protein and there is no baking required. The recipe suggests rolling them into balls, but you can shape them however you’d like. For instance, bars are a good option if you’re short on space in a pack. The ingredients for these delicious bites are simple and nutritious and you can easily customize this recipe. You can substitute almond butter for peanut butter or raisins for chocolate.
Chia seed, however, is the stand-out ingredient. According to a nutrition website, these little seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.
2. Eva Shockey’s healthy banana choco cookies
The hunting community’s “it girl” has a delicious baked treat. It is ultra-simple to make, low in fat, and high in protein and good carbs.
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients, individually spoon clumps onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 12 minutes. This recipe yields approximately 9 cookies.
Old fashioned oats have many health benefits and are especially rich in fiber, and bananas are high in potassium. Potassium and fiber help keep your digestive system on track, which is especially important on backcountry trips.
Bananas also contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which is linked to increased memory and mood boost. These are perfect for when you’re frustrated, trying to find your vehicle after a long trek in the woods!
3. Avocado quesadillas
Quesadillas are so versatile, because you can make them with anything. Their size and shape make them easy to wrap and pack. They are pretty quiet to eat, which is nice when sitting in a ground blind during hunting season!
One of my favorite ways to make a quesadilla is with guacamole and tomatoes. Add leftover steak or venison, and it becomes a backcountry entree. The avocado is such a delicious fruit and the high fat content makes you feel more full for longer. It’s beneficial for those really long days outdoors. Avocados will go bad in hot weather after a few hours, so be cautious when packing them for a long trip. It is better suited for cooler seasons.
- 1 large whole grain tortillas
- 1 avocado
- 1 small roma tomato
- Seasoning of your choice (I like garlic powder or paprika)
Scoop avocado out onto one half of the tortilla and mash with a fork. Cut up the tomato and add it over the avocado. Sprinkle with the seasoning.
You can also add a little bit of salsa but it makes the whole thing messier. Fold, cut in half, wrap in tinfoil, and get outside!
4. Seasoned ranch pumpkin seeds
Nothing says fall like pumpkin seeds! Actually, you can eat these nutritious little seeds year-round. You don’t even have to buy a pumpkin, scoop, and carve a ghost just to get to them. Many health food grocery stores carry them, or you can order them online.
Pumpkin seeds and their shells are packed with nutrients, including magnesium, zinc, and tons of antioxidants. They are perfect for the backcountry, because you can’t crush them, they’re delicious, and you can snack on them for hours. They don’t generate waste, because you eat the whole thing.
You can prepare roasted pumpkin seeds in many different ways. This ranch recipe is my favorite, followed closely by cracked pepper and cayenne pepper.
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 packet powdered ranch dressing mix
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until seeds are fully coated. Pour onto a greased, rimmed baking sheet. Roast seeds at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring or shaking every 10 minutes.
Make sure to let cool for several minutes before taste-testing.
5. Hot chocolate
This is not the most creative backcountry snack, but hot chocolate is a time-proven pick-me-up when you’re out in the woods. New research suggests cocoa has tons of health benefits as well. All you really need is hot water, the cocoa mix of your choice and a thermos. Then you are set with a little sugar pick-me-up throughout your backcountry excursion.
Stay happy and healthy out there!