Backpacking Recipes


(you can download an Excel or PDF version of this information on the Resources page.  Look for the folder "Grub Master / Cooking" 

(Credit = Some receipes were taken/modified from

No Bake Brownies
  1. Put 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons powdered milk into freezer bag.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water to the bag, seal it and dip into warm water to melt the chocolate.
  3. Add 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs to the melted chocolate and knead to combine.
  4. Flatten mixture within bag and set aside to cool while you eat dinner.
  5. Break into pieces to serve.
  6. Note:  you can buy graham cracker crumbs in a box or crush a sleeve of whole graham crackers.

Pepperoni Pasta
  1. Put the noodles from a package of ramen noodles into a freezer bag and break them up.  Throw the seasoning packet away.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of dehydrated vegetables to the freezer bag and seal.  We used a mix of tomato, bell pepper and onion.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups room temperature water to ziploc bag with ramen noodles and dried vegetables.  Seal tightly and let sit 20-30 minutes.
  4. Drain water (should absorb about half the water).
  5. Add in Italian dressing packet, 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese and 1 ounce of pepperoni.

Summer Pasta
  1. Cook pasta and 1/4 cup dehydrated vegetables in the same pot, boiling 7 minutes. Drain excess liquid.
  2. In separate pot, prepare pesto sauce from packet. (Could substitute a salad dressing as the sauce)
  3. Stir together pasta/veg, sauce and chicken.
  4. Top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.

Source for dehydrated vegetables -

Menu from the 2012 High Adventure Trip:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Wednesday, July 11
cold cereal tortillas, turkey, cheese beef and veggie rice (fresh meat, frozen veg, 
bananas & nutella mustard, apples microwave rice, teriyaki seasoning)
muffins clif bar corn fritters (cornbread mix)
OJ, milk gatorade no bake brownies (see below)
coffee/tea/hot choc
beef jerky
Thursday, July 12
bagels (regular), pb & honey pepperoni pasta salad (see below) loaded potatoes (instant butter flavor mashed 
fruit cup cereal bar potatoes, bacon pieces, cheese, fried onion pieces)
coffee/tea/hot choc gatorade banana pudding, nilla wafers
mixed trail snack
Friday, July 13
oatmeal with mix ins (nuts, fruit) quesadillas (velveeta cheese, chicken, Burritos (tortillas, chicken, taco sauce/salsa, 
fruit cup taco sauce/salsa, tortillas) microwave rice mexican or santa fe style)
coffee/tea/ hot choc Lance crackers oreos
nature valley bars w/pb gatorade
Saturday, July 14
hash browns ("milk carton" of dehydrated hash browns) pb&j pitas pasta with chicken and summer veg (see below)
country ham cheese crackers drop biscuits with honey, sugar/cinnamon
coffee/tea/hot choc dried pineapple, mango (biscuit pouch mix)
prepackaged trail mix gatorade
Sunday, July 15
waffles with pb&j chicken salad in tortilla (tortilla, chicken,  4 packs fish batter
bacon craisins, sunflower seeds, packet of salad
coffee/tea/hot choc dressing)
leftover trail snacks fig newtons (one tray per patrol)
Extra meals
oatmeal (2 per person) tuna (1 per person), pack of mayo Mountain House