Whether you’re a backyard camper, wilderness backpacker or day hiker, peanuts and peanut butter can be a real friend on the trail or around the campfire. Peanuts are portable, lightweight and versatile. Just a handful eaten mid-morning or afternoon provides seven grams of protein—more than any other nut! Peanut butter is sold in convenient to-go squeeze packs, making them easy to slip into a backpack.
Peanuts and peanut butter work for you from sun up until sundown. Here’s how.
Energize your breakfast
Oatmeal is a popular backpacker’s breakfast. Many campers created their own blends with instant oats and combinations of dried fruits, spices and nuts. Just two tablespoons of peanut butter swirled into oatmeal not only tastes great, but contributes more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals to the day ahead. Or try this Peanut Butter Granola. It’s a delicious way to wake up on a chilly morning in the woods.
Lunch and snacks on the move
Lunches and snacks are quick when you’re on a hike. Most want good taste, calories and energy. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic but you can change it up with creations such as PB and apple or banana or bacon.
Most campers have their favorite trail mix combinations which include peanuts. How about these Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars? One camper says they are “loaded with good-for-you ingredients and withstand cold, heat, and being stuffed in a backpack or pocket.”
Dinner by the campfire
By this time campers want something warming and rehydrating. Pastas, soups and stews seem to be favorites. We’ve found many campers enjoy this vegetarian meal—Backpacker Magazine’s Spicy Peanut Noodles. Does your camping trip include fishing? Here’s a Pan-fried Trout with Peanuts and Lime recipe.
Treat yourself to dessert
What about all those empty peanut butter jars? Recycle! If you’re camping with kids, here’s a kid-friendly camping lantern made with a battery-operated votive light. It’s lightweight, portable and a great addition to spending time together around the campfire after the sun goes down.