Part of the fun of hitting the trail is bringing along a few tasty treats. If you’ve ever hiked with kids, you know that nothing’s worse than a hungry, miserable kid. When you get to the top of the trail to see that panoramic view, there’s nothing better than stopping for a while to enjoy the view and have a little picnic. Since you have to eat, and hiking will surely work up your appetite, why not let the food you’re going to eat be good?
Sure, you can always go to the store and buy this stuff ready-made, but there’s nothing quite like a bowl of extra fresh granola that you made yourself. While there are (nearly) endless combinations of grains, nuts and fruits, we’ve found this particular recipe from Alton Brown to be a delight.
It’s got beef. It’s got Guinness. Need we say more? Usually, store-bought beef jerky has a kind of processed taste that’s easy to spot. Using some simple ingredients along with your home dehydrator, you can create beef jerky that will be superior to any you’ve ever tasted. Another plus to this recipe? It only calls for one can of Guinness, so you can take the remainder of your tasty Irish Stout and enjoy it while you cook.
If you decide to make your own granola, you’ll already have some of the ingredients you need to make these tasty bars. When you’re on the trail, you really can’t beat a delicious bar that’s packed with fruits, nuts and grains to keep you feeling energized the whole day through.
Sure, you could just bag up a bunch of pecans, but that would take the fun out of making s’nuts. This recipe is so simple that just about anybody with an oven could make it. If you’re looking to spice up some of your trail staples, try this smoked nut recipe. If you’re not into pecans, you could smoke cashews, almonds, walnuts or any of your personal favorites.
This recipe packs chia seeds and all your favorite antioxidant berries into a tasty loaf of satisfying bread you can enjoy on your hike. Sometimes you don’t want to eat your berries out of a cup or a bag; you want them in bread. Well, look no further. You could pair this with a tasty cream cheese spread to make a tasty treat even heartier.
Cured meats to the rescue! Few things surpass the experience of a nice slice of cured salami paired with some cheese and crackers. When you’re on a longer hike, you need a little sodium to replace the salt you lose when sweating. When it’s time to take a rest, break out the cheese, crackers and, of course, the salami. If you’re not a big fan of Swiss cheese, substitute some aged Gouda for a savory delight. And if you just can’t help yourself, bring a little wine along too. We won’t tell.
Now that your tummy is rumbling, you might be ready to run to the grocery store before you hit the trail. Before you load your backpack full of treats, take a moment to check your gear. Do you have some good trail boots, rain gear and extra socks? If not, visit a quality outfitter like Carhartt to stock up on all the rugged gear you need to make your next hiking trip a treat.