The Easiest Backcountry DIY Packaged Meal

DIY Backcountry Meal

    This DIY packaged meal is great for the backcountry.  It is lightweight and super easy to prepare both in the kitchen and the backcountry.  It is tasty, filling, and packed full of energy.  It’s a real treat to eat any time of the day, especially after settling into a glassing spot at daybreak.

    This backcountry recipe has been adapted from one I found on the recipe site, Cookie and Kate. It has several aspects which I find important for a backcountry hunt.  Such as a healthy ration of calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein.  The fiber and whole grains in granola will leave you feeling satisfied for hours.  It’s also a quick source of energy capable of fueling a long day of packing or hiking.  

DIY Packaged Meal

Backcountry DIY Packaged Meal - Granola

Brian T.
Discover the ultimate fuel for your outdoor adventures with our Backcountry DIY Granola recipe. Crafted with wholesome ingredients and tailored for on-the-go nutrition, this easy-to-make granola is perfect for hikers, campers, and hunters alike. Packed with energy-boosting oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, our recipe is not only delicious but also customizable to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Whether you're hitting the trails or setting up camp, our backcountry DIY packaged granola will keep you fueled and ready for your next adventure. Try it today and elevate your outdoor experience!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Servings 6


  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups nuts and seeds (I use ½ cup chopped pecans, ½ cup chopped walnuts, ½ cup sliced almonds, ¼ cup sunflower seeds)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanila extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I use cranberries, blueberries, and goji berries)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine and stir together oil, syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  • Stir in the oats, nuts, chia seeds, and salt.
  • Spread the oats onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 24 minutes until golden brown, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.


I package these DIY meals in an 8-inch by 10-inch pouch.  Each package contains granola, an individual package of dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit, and a package of powdered almond milk.  The recipe makes 6 meals using the following portions.  Each package weighs just over 8 ounces. 

Of course, these can be adapted in a variety of ways to suit your needs.  


¼ cup of dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit vacuum sealed as small as possible.


The overall package size is sealed at 4 inches in width.  They work well as 11-inch tall bags marked with a fill line at 5 1/2 inches.  That size makes 1 1/2 cups of milk with 3 tbsp of powdered almond milk.  The taller bag size allows the powdered milk to be thoroughly mixed with water before mixing it with the granola. 


1 ½ cups of granola into each package. 

Seal and enjoy!

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