Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake | Backpacking Meal

By Rick Harrison & Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD

Updated January 5, 2024
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Backcountry Foodie Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake DIY ultralight backpacking no cook recipe

You have to admit, there is no better pairing than the classic chocolate and peanut butter, and that’s why this backpacking meal replacement shake is a Backcountry Foodie fan favorite! Our chocolate peanut butter shake is great for refueling on the go or when your appetite hits the road.

Why a Backpacking Meal Replacement?

There are many reasons why you might choose a meal replacement while you’re backpacking. Sometimes, you don’t have the time or desire to pull over and get the stove out. Maybe you didn’t even bring a stove on this backpacking trip. Sometimes, you need to keep up your pace to reach your desired campsite before dark. Of course, you brought your headlamp and would use it if you needed to, but let’s be honest; we all enjoy being able to see the trail and the scenery in the daylight! And sometimes, you’re just not hungry. So, as always, we’ve got you covered with our chocolate peanut butter shake recipe below!

Your Appetite is Gone – Why?

While some may not consider backpacking to be a sport in the typical sense, backpackers are athletes without a doubt. Hiking and backpacking can be strenuous, total body activities, and when we perform long bouts of strenuous activity, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone is released in response to physical or mental stress (HINT: hiking & backpacking), and one of the effects of cortisol on the body is the suppression of appetite. Hence, you might not be as hungry as expected on the trail!

Some Other Reasons Why:

  • First, drastic changes in the timing of meals while on the trail can explain why you might not be so hungry. Most people eat three meals throughout the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While on the trail, we must eat far more often than in our daily lives. So, our eating schedule is thrown off. If you’re hiking 8-10 hours each day and following our recommendation to eat every 60-90 minutes, you’re eating upwards of 8 times each day.
  • Next, the foods on the trail may not be as appealing as those you cook at home. Let’s be honest: dehydrated backpacking food isn’t always the best, and you may not crave the food. That’s why we created our Backcountry Foodie shop to supply you with better food for the trails!
  • Also, you have less time sitting still while in the backcountry. As mentioned earlier, you are always on the go, trying to make the most of the daylight. This leaves less time to think about food and, perhaps, idly snack. That is why we suggest a backpacking meal replacement such as this chocolate peanut butter shake. You can drink it while on the go and not lose any daylight!
  • Finally, you may be dehydrated and/or lacking electrolytes. Either of these can cause a loss in appetite independently of one another. However, in combination, they will suppress your appetite even more. Ensuring that you drink regularly and consume electrolytes through your meals or beverages is important.

Here are a few of our favorite meal replacement shakes available in our shop:

pb mocha smoothie 120 cal oz (1)

Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie

great greens smoothie 124 cal oz

Great Greens Smoothie

blueberry oat smoothie 131 cal oz

Blueberry Oat Smoothie

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

    Backcountry Foodie Recipe
    This delicious shake is a Backcountry Foodie fan favorite. It's quick & easy to prepare at home or while resupplying in town. Keep the shake mix in your hip belt pocket for refueling on the go. It's also a great meal replacement when you're not feeling hungry but need the calories and nutrition. Give this one a try!
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    NUTRITION (per serving)

    cal/oz 126
    cal/gram 4.5
    Calories 590 kcal
    PROTEIN 38 g
    CARBS 62 g
    Fiber 4 g
    Added Sugar 16 g
    Fat 22 g
    Sodium 630 mg
    Home Prep Time 2 minutes
    Field Prep Time 1 minute
    WT/SERVING 4.7 oz (132 g)
    MEAL PREPDehydrator Not Required, No-Cook
    Diet TYPESBariatric, Gluten-Free, Low-Sugar, Vegetarian
    Servings1 serving


    INSTRUCTIONS (per serving)


    • Put all ingredients in a bag or container to be used in the backcountry.


    • Add 8 oz (240 mL) cold water to the container. Add more or less water to reach the desired flavor.
    • Stir or shake vigorously to mix well. See meal prep tip below.
    • Massage the bag with your fingertips or use a utensil to break up any lumps as peanut powder may clump.
    • Enjoy!



    • Meal replacement drinks often mix better when prepared in a hard-sided container.
    • They can also be prepared in and consumed from our large biodegradable food pouches.



    • Total sugar (per serving): 48 g, including 16 g of added sugar
    • For a reduced sugar recipe, use the Carnation Breakfast Essentials™ Light Start (sugar-free) product. Added sugar will be reduced to 4 g per serving.
    • To reduce calories by 157, replace whole milk powder with non-fat milk powder.
    • This recipe may be used as a meal replacement when consumed entirely.
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    Are you searching for a more sustainable food storage option?

    Consider checking out our biodegradable food pouches. The large pouches work great for meal replacement shakes.

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    Rick Harrison Backcountry Foodie blogger and author of chocolate peanut butter shake backpacking meal recipe

    Rick Harrison is an aspiring Registered Dietitian studying at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. He grew up in the Ohio but moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2022 with only a car-full of items and a huge sense of adventure! With a background in culinary and pastry arts, Rick hopes to help shape people’s relationship with food by making it more accessible through increased knowledge of cooking and confidence in the kitchen.

    Backcountry Foodie Aaron Owens Mayhew with her dog Ella

    Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian and ultralight long-distance backpacker with over 20 years of nutrition and backpacking experience. She’s also the founder and owner of Backcountry Foodie, an online ultralight recipes and meal planning platform for backpackers. She also enjoys teaching hikers about backpacking nutrition via virtual masterclassesYouTube videos, and podcast episodes. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.

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