Trail Cooking is a unique skill. Finding the perfect balance of calories to weight, ease of preparation, and most of all – deliciousness, is not easy. To complicate matters more, extended backpacking trips require a lot of food. Livestrong estimates that on average, 200 calories are burnt per hour of hiking.

Let’s look at some quick and easily mixable ingredients! Many of these can be eaten exactly as they are, or mixed together to get some calorie packed meals.

Food Calories/Ounce
Almonds 160
Peanuts 170
Walnuts 183
Sunflower Seeds 173
Peanut Butter 165
Almond Butter 165
Flour Tortillas 90
Muesli 100
Powdered Milk 150
Olive Oil 240
Peanut M&M’s 140
Salmon Packets 70/packet
Powdered Hummus 100
Banana Chips 160
Dark Chocolate 180
Pre-cooked Bacon 150
Powdered Potatoes 110
Pitted Dates 100
Macadamia Nuts 215
Pine Nuts 210
Dried Cranberries 100
Dried Apricots 75
Dried Prunes 72
White Chocolate Chips 140
Summer Sausage 100
Beef Jerky 80

I’ll be updating this list often, adding to it as I come across more backcountry cooking staples and meal ideas. My next post will focus on taking some of the ingredients listed above and creating meals with them.

I’d love it if you left a comment if you have ideas on how to use these ingredients or others, or shared your backcountry meals!