By Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD • Updated May 16, 2022
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It may seem almost too easy to be true, but granola with milk powder and fruit is a complete meal and makes the perfect no-cook backpacking breakfast. Why?
- Because it’s one of the most efficient no-cook backpacking breakfasts for packing in carbohydrates.
- For long-distance hikers, a high carbohydrate diet will keep your energy up for those long days on trail.
- Pairing the granola and freeze-dried fruit with protein will help that energy last even longer.
- You can even use granola as an evening snack to replenish glycogen stores to encourage recovery.
Luckily, no-cook backpacking granola’s best friend is milk powder – a good source of protein. The berries contain antioxidants, which help to tame inflammation and speed recovery. Granola is as fast as it gets and almost impossible to mess up. We usually call it a breakfast, but who says you can’t have it for lunch or dinner too?
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Granola with Milk & Berries
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NUTRITION (per serving)
- Put all ingredients in a bag or container to be used in the backcountry.
- Add 4 oz (120 mL) cold water or to the desired flavor.
- Stir to mix well.
- Let stand to allow the berries to rehydrate.
- Stir to mix well and enjoy!
VOLUME OF MEAL WHEN PREPARED
- 1 1/3 cup per serving (dry)
- Total sugar (per serving): 39 g, including no added sugar.
- To reduce calories by 100, replace whole milk powder with non-fat milk powder.
- We recommend reading food labels and choosing full-fat granola without dried fruit to maximize the calories per weight ratio.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 masterclasses, YouTube videos, and podcast episodes. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.