Trail Smoothies Recipe

Tired of the same old bars? Switch it up with these great-tasting, on-the-go smoothies.

“These shakes started as a gym drink,” Trail Chef Jennifer Bowen says. “I soon realized they’d provide tasty nutrition on the trail too. They balance protein, carbs, and fat—and keep you hydrated.”


Vanilla Almond
1/3 cup egg white powder*
¼ cup freeze-dried bananas, ground (use a coffee grinder or food processor)
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1 squeeze packet almond butter
1 Vanilla Clif Shot gel

1/3 cup egg white powder
1 packet cashew or coconut butter
1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries, ground
2 tsp black chia seeds
1 Strawberry Clif Shot gel (contains caffeine)

Mocha Cocoa Peanut Butter
1/3 cup egg white powder
¼ cup freeze-dried bananas, ground
1 packet hot chocolate mix
2 tsp freeze-dried/instant espresso
1 packet peanut butter

*Egg white powder adds flavorless and digestible protein and texture. Look for it in the baking aisle or at health food stores (sometimes called “egg white protein”).

At home
Combine all non-packet ingredients in a zip-top bag.

On the trail
Knead nut butter packets so they are fully blended and soft (tip: keep them in your back pocket). Drop your ball whisk (see below) into a wide-mouth bottle, then add 6 ounces water and all ingredients. Close lid and shake vigorously for 30 to 45 seconds, until lumps are gone. Add about 6 more ounces of water and shake again until fully blended.

Chef’s tool: BlenderBall wire whisk
“It weighs almost nothing, flattens for easy carrying, and banishes lumps. I also use mine for dry milk, pudding, soup packets, and sauces,” Bowen says. It comes with a BlenderBottle ($9), or buy just a replacement whisk ($3.50; .6 oz.;