Need a really quick backpacking lunch? This spread is calorie-dense, takes less than two minutes to make on the trail, and can be made with the cold-soak method (no stove needed!). I usually put it on tortillas but it would also be great on bagels or other calorie-dense breads. It could also work as a sauce for pasta.
Here’s the recipe and instructions.
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Serving Size and Calories:
This recipe comes out to 520 calories. The dry weight was just under 3oz (85g). That comes out to 173 calories per ounce (6 calories per gram)!
There is enough spread to go on 12 medium (40g) tortillas. My tortillas are 140 calories each. On the trail, I ate 3 tortillas with ¼ of the spread. That gave me a lunch of 550 calories (read: How much food to bring backpacking).
- 1 cup (170g) of cooked white beans (240 calories)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil (240 calories)
- Juice from 1 ½ lemons (roughly 15 calories)
- Handful of spinach or kale (40g; roughly 25 calories)
- Using a food processor or bottleneck blender, mix all the ingredients together.
- Cut up pieces of parchment paper.
- Put the spread on the parchment paper. Then put these on your dehydrator trays. Make sure there is a bit of space between the papers for air flow.
- Dehydrate until the spread is completely dry and crumbly. It took me about 7 hours at 32F.
- Transfer the dry spread into a baggie/baggies.
- Smash up the dry spread a bit to remove any clumps. This will make it easier to rehydrate on the trail.
On the Trail:
- Put the dry spread into a bowl or cup.
- Slowly add a bit of water. Add less than you think you need (you can always add more water but you can’t take it away!)
- Stir and wait a minute or two.
- If necessary, add a bit more water and wait another minute or two. Repeat until you get the right consistency.
- Spread on tortillas, bagels or your favorite calorie-dense carbs. This spread would also work well as a sauce for pasta!
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