White Chocolate Coconut Pudding | Ultralight Backpacking Recipe

By Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD

Updated January 6, 2024
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If your backpacking dessert experience stops at freeze-dried ice cream, prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Backcountry Foodie’s instant pudding recipes are just about as easy as opening that pouch of ice cream and (if you ask us) much more satisfying. This backpacking instant pudding recipe contains just four simple ingredients that will generally be available at any grocery store. Also, it is several dollars cheaper than commercial freeze-dried ice cream pouches and packs almost 300 more calories per serving.

You might wonder why a dietitian is trying to convince you to eat backpacking desserts. Isn’t there something wrong with that??

The answer is no – dessert can be a great way to get in the additional nutrition necessary to recover after a hard hike and prepare your body for the next day. Long-distance hikers are more likely to undereat, increasing their risk of injury. Tempting backpacking recipes like this one can help to fill the gaps. So, don’t hesitate to add a daily dessert to your meal plan. It’ll be well worth the extra few ounces!

If you’re concerned about including added sugar in your hiking diet, you might enjoy this post, where we deeply dive into the science behind added sugar and hiking performance.

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If you enjoy our White Chocolate Coconut pudding recipe, try our Trailside Tiramisu backpacking dessert recipe as well!

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    White Chocolate Coconut Pudding

    Backcountry Foodie Recipe
    This easy to prepare pudding is a great way to end a tough day on the trail!
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    NUTRITION (per serving)

    cal/oz 143
    cal/gram 5.1
    Calories 428 kcal
    PROTEIN 7 g
    CARBS 50 g
    Fiber 3 g
    Added Sugar 26 g
    Fat 22 g
    Sodium 515 mg
    Home Prep Time 8 minutes
    Field Prep Time 6 minutes
    WT/SERVING 3 oz (84 g)
    MEAL PREPCold Soak, Dehydrator Not Required, Four Ingredients or Less
    Diet TYPESGluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
    Servings4 servings

    INGREDIENTS
     

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    INSTRUCTIONS (per serving)

    HOME

    • Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. See meal prep tip below.
    • Stir to mix well.
    • Divide into four equal 3 oz (84 g) portions and put into bags or containers to be used in the backcountry.

    FIELD

    • Add 4 oz (120 mL) very cold water to the bag or container.
    • Shake vigorously for approximately 6 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency.
    • If possible, put the bag or container in cold water or snow to encourage the pudding to thicken further.
    • Stir to mix well and enjoy!

    NOTES

    MEAL PREP TIPS

    • If preparing the meal for long-term storage, consider adding the vanilla wafers shortly before departing for the trip to ensure freshness.
    • If a smooth pudding texture is preferred, consider powdering the shredded coconut in a food processor or spice grinder first.

     

    NUTRITION

    • Total sugar (per serving): 36 g, including 26 g added sugar
    • Total reduce added sugar by 19 g, replace instant pudding with sugar-free instant pudding.
    • To reduce calories by 67, replace whole milk powder with non-fat milk powder.
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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    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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