Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake | Backpacking Meal

This meal replacement shake is a Backcountry Foodie fan favorite. It’s great for refueling on the go or when your appetite hits the road.

chocolate peanut butter shake backpacking recipe prepared on trail

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)

Kcal/oz 128
Kcal/gram 4.6
Calories 590 kcal
CARBS 64 g
Fiber 7 g
Add Sugar 12 g
Fat 21 g
Sodium 610 mg
Home Prep Time 1 min
Field Prep Time 1 min
WT/SERVING 4.6 oz (128 g)
MEAL PREPDehydrator Not Required, Four Ingredients or Less, No-Cook
Diet TYPESLow-Sugar, Vegetarian
Servings1 serving



  • ½ cup milk powder, non-fat (substitution), reduced-calorie option
  • 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials™ drink mix, Light Start chocolate powder (substitution), no-added-sugar option



  • 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.
  • Massage the bag with your fingertips or use a utensil to break up any lumps as peanut powder may clump.
  • Enjoy!



  • Approximately 1 cup per serving (dry)



  • Total sugar (per serving): 45 g, including 12 g added sugar
  • For a no-added-sugar recipe, use the Carnation Breakfast Essentials™ Light Start (sugar-free) product.
  • We recommend reading food labels and choosing peanut powder containing only peanuts. Many contain added sugar. 
  • To reduce calories by 200, replace whole milk powder with non-fat milk powder.
  • This recipe may be used as a meal replacement when consumed in its entirety.


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Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, 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, online ultralight recipes and meal planning platform for backpackers. She also enjoys teaching hikers, like you, about backpacking nutrition via live virtual masterclasses. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.

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