3 Killer Peanut Butter Recipes for Your Next Backpacking Trip

This backpacking staple can do more than make sandwiches.

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Thai Peanut Noodles

Even ramen is better with peanut butter. Serves 2

½ cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp. Sriracha

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 packages ramen noodles

1 red bell pepper,
dehydrated or fresh

1 head broccoli, dehydrated or fresh

1 lime

At home: Combine peanut butter, Sriracha, and soy sauce in a leakproof container (adjust ratios according to taste). Pack other ingredients separately.

In camp: Cook noodles according to packaging. Meanwhile, chop or rehydrate veggies, then cook in a separate pan. In a bowl or pot, mix peanut sauce and juice from lime. Stir in water until sauce is the consistency of ketchup. Add hot noodles and veggies to sauce and stir until combined.

Weight 15 oz.
Calories 847
Protein 24 g

PB Cheesecake Balls

Protein powder adds substance to this decadent dessert. Serves 2

1 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder

3 Tbsp. dark-chocolate chips

⅛ cup rolled oats or granola

3 Tbsp. crunchy peanut butter

3 Tbsp. shelf-stable cream cheese

At home: Mix protein powder and chocolate chips in a zip-top bag. Place oats in plastic wrap and add bundle to the bag. Pack peanut butter and cream cheese together in a leakproof container.

In camp: Whip peanut butter and cream cheese in container. Add protein and chocolate mixture and mix well. Shape into six 1-inch balls and roll in oats, then serve.

Weight 3 oz.
Calories 336
Protein 14.5 g

PB&J Pancakes

Turn this classic combo into a hearty breakfast. Serves 2

4 Tbsp. milk powder

2 Tbsp. whole powdered egg

1 cup flour

3 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

⅓ cup strawberry jam

¼ cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

At home: Mix dry ingredients in a zip-top bag. Package peanut butter, jam combined with syrup, and oil in separate leakproof containers.

In camp: Melt peanut butter over low heat in a small pot. Stir in 1 cup cold water then dry ingredients to make batter. Warm oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook pancakes like normal. Transfer them to a plate or bowl. In the empty frying pan, warm jam-maple syrup mixture over low heat. Pour over the pancakes and serve.

Weight 7.5 oz.
Calories 860
Protein 19 g

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