There are far less options for vegan backpacking food than meat-eater backpacking food…especially if you want something interesting that’s more than just granola, pasta, or rice and beans.
So much of a vegan diet is fresh vegetables, which are difficult to get when you’re on the trail, and which also are heavy and take up lots of space in your pack. So when putting a vegan meal plan together for a backpacking trip, we have to get a little creative.
If you’re not a strict vegan, we have a vegetarian backpacking meal plan available here too.
Putting Together a Vegan Backpacking Meal Plan
There are some brands which have a few options for vegan meals. Once you’ve found one you like, it’s easy just to stick with that brand and see what other options they have. I suggesting bringing at least 2 extra meals than you think you’ll need just to be safe.
For a 3-Day Trip, Pick Three!
Strawberries and Banana Paleo Breakfast
Warm strawberries, bananas, walnuts, almonds, and cacao nibs. Just add water and yum! Get it here.
Vegan power egg scramble – rich creamy taste with the texture of real eggs. Light to carry and cooks fast. Get ’em here.
There are quite a few options when it comes to oatmeal. My favorites are:
- Backpacker’s Pantry Granola with Blueberries and “Milk”
- Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Instant Quinoa & Oat Hot Cereal
- Cinnamon Roll Oats Oatmeal – if you close your eyes you can almost convince yourself its an actual cinnamon roll.
Pick your favorite pancake mix and put the batter into a bottle or other container to make it easy to carry. Luckily dry pancake mix is very light! Then the morning of, add water and presto! You have pancakes. They’ll be a little small since you’re cooking them on your mess kit, but it’s a quick yummy breakfast option.
Backpacking Lunches & Snacks
Pick and choose and nibble on along the trail or whenever you get hungry.
Jam packed with all sorts of protein and nutrients. Not exactly the most satisfying, but will keep you moving.
Almonds or Trail Mix
Make it at home to include your favorite stuff or grab something pre-packaged. Great way to keep your sodium up!
Peanut/Almond/Sesame Butter Packets
Super tasty and creamy.
Yes! Vegan jerky! A tasty health and environmental conscious alternative to beef jerky.
Just Veggies Mix
Get your daily serving of veggies! Can be eaten plain or added in with some trail mix or to soup or noodles for dinner. Get them here.
Fruit Crisps & Chips & Dried Fruit
- Real apples, bananas and coconuts that have been baked until crispy. Bare fruit crisps
- Low fat, high fiber (which can be hard to get on the trail) and relatively high in protein (at least for a vegetable – mushrooms rank the highest among vegetables for protein content) Shiitake Mushroom Crisps
- Dehydrated Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans as my fiance calls them).
- Tasty and juicy Dried Turkish Apricots
For a 3-Day Trip, Pick Three!
Good To Go Meals
Love them because they offer several vegan meal options and are all “clean” and “healthy”! Some of my favorites:
Again they have lots of different vegan options that are super tasty. These tend to be a bit more traditional/ comfort food meals which are awesome for when you’ve been hiking for several days straight.
Alpine Aire Meals
Wide variety of different types of foods- everything from smoothies to dinners to snacks & dips! Favorite dinner options:
Oh so good, and won’t melt in your pack if you’re hiking somewhere warm! No refined sugars and no grains. So good you can eat them at home too!
Mango Sticky Rice
A refreshing dessert that could be a great snack or lunch item too if you’re looking for something sweet.
Instant Teas & Lemonades
Unfortunately often very high in sugar and artificial ingredients, but I personally get bored of drinking plain ol’ water. Also, if you’re looking for some libations while on the trail, you can mix this in with Vodka or other alcohol to create a mixed drink.