When hiking and backpacking, it’s important to bring food and water so that you can stay hydrated and full of energy. But, as a vegan, it can be difficult to find traditional backpacking foods that allow you to maintain your diet. However, with a little bit of prep, you can enjoy delicious vegan meals during your next adventure. Take a look at these great vegan backpacking and hiking lunch ideas. Everyone will be able to find something to enjoy from this list!
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Chanterelle and Lentil Soup
Soup is a great lunch option for a hike. It’s hearty enough to keep you full, but it won’t slow you down as you continue on your adventure—all you need is some dry ingredients, that you can cook with water. Consider making Chanterelle and Lentil Soup for your next backpacking trip.
To create it, you will need a handful of dried chanterelle mushrooms, two tablespoons of quick-cooking red lentils, one tablespoon of instant mashed potatoes, half a teaspoon of dried thyme, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, one chopped small shallot, a quarter of a vegetable bouillon cube, one cup of water, salt, and pepper. You will also need to bring a pot, portable backpacking stove, and spoons to create this dish.
This soup is quick and easy to make when you take a break from your hike. First, at home, put the dried mushrooms in a zip-lock bag. Then, put the lentils, mashed potatoes, and thyme together in another zip-lock bag. Pack the remaining ingredients separately.
When you’re ready to eat out on the trail, add one cup of water to the bag of mushrooms and let them sit for 5 minutes. While you wait, add vegetable oil and chopped onions to a pot, and cook them until they become soft. Next, pour the mushrooms and water into the pot. Bring it to a boil, and add the bouillon cube and the lentil-potato mixture. Season the soup with salt and pepper, and simmer until the lentils are tender. Now, you’re ready to enjoy a fantastic lunch!
Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen
Ramen is one of our favorite vegan backpacking lunch ideas because it provides you with plenty of energy.
To make this Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen, you will need a quarter cup of dehydrated frozen vegetable mix, one block of ramen noodles, one tablespoon of peanut butter, one tablespoon of soy sauce, one teaspoon of rice vinegar, one teaspoon of Sriracha sauce, and 2/3 cups of water. Again, for this dish, you’ll also need to pack a pot, portable backpacking stove, and spoons.
At home, mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Sriracha sauce together. Then, put the mixture into a leak-proof container. Pack the remaining ingredients separately.
When you’re ready to eat, put the dehydrated vegetables into a pot and add 2/3 cups of water. Place the pot over medium heat and bring the water to a boil. After reaching a boil, you can reduce the heat to low and let the vegetables simmer for about five minutes. Next, add the ramen and cook the noodles for three minutes. Stir in your pre-made sauce, and you’re done!
Miso Mushroom Soup
Just like the Chanterelle and Lentil Soup, this Miso Mushroom Soup is great for hiking and backpacking. It’s easy to pack, easy to make, keeps you full, and provides you with plenty of nutrients.
To make this soup, you will need two dried shiitake mushrooms, one teaspoon of vegetable bouillon powder, one packet of instant miso soup, one cup of water, and one teaspoon of dried wakame seaweed. Be sure to pack a mug, your pot, a portable backpacking stove, and spoons as well!
Just like the other recipes, you will need to mix all of the ingredients together (except for the water) in a small zip-lock bag. When you’re ready to eat on the trail, bring a cup of water to a boil. Then, pour the miso mushroom soup mixture into a mug and add the boiling water. Stir the mixture, cover it, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Just like that, your savory, delicious lunch is ready!
Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie
If you’d rather have something sweet for lunch, a smoothie is a great option. To make this Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie, you need three tablespoons of blueberry powder, one teaspoon of cocoa powder, three tablespoons of almond milk powder, one teaspoon of oat flour, 2/3 cup of water, and one teaspoon of agave syrup. The only equipment you’ll need to create this smoothie is an empty, sealable water bottle and a spoon for stirring.
At home, place the agave syrup in a leak-proof container, and combine the rest of the ingredients in a zip-lock bag.
When you sit down for lunch, put the smoothie powder into the empty water bottle. Add 2/3 cup of water to the powder, seal the water bottle, and shake it. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, then mix in the agave syrup. Now you’re ready to enjoy your delicious meal!
Shop Pride Enjoy
Everyone has occasional cravings for something sweet. And there’s nothing like rewarding yourself after a long day’s hike with a special treat. If you’re looking for packable desserts that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergen-friendly, consider the delicious cookies and brownies available at Pride Enjoy. Order our desserts today for your next backpacking adventure!