Whether you're just out for one night, or are embarking on a months long journey, a great meal at the end of your first day sets the tone of your backpacking trip off right. With a little preparation at home before you leave, you'll get to enjoy delicious food as you enter into the great outdoors. No hiker is happy on a hungry belly, so I'll not only teach you how to prepare a dinner worth reaching, but also a hearty snack to get you where you're going. This instructable will start by guiding you through the preparation of a (healthier) Chex mix snack, and then will detail how to prepare easy campfire fajitas.

If you’ve got a full day of hiking ahead of you, you’re going to need some fuel along the way before you reach your campsite and get to cooking the amazing dinner you’ll see later in this instructable. Chex mix is an iconic snack for the trail, and making it yourself at home allows it to be a little healthier and fit your tastes exactly. This mix in particular is high in protein and fiber; this healthy snack will keep you full and energized to take on the mountains.

Here I offer a listing of my favorite ingredients, but I encourage you to throw in a few of your own favorites. I’ll offer some suggested alternatives along the way! Feel free to use slightly more or less of the snack ingredients depending on your preferences. This is a simple and easy recipe so you don’t have to worry about being too specific, so long as the ratio of cereal mixture to oil mixture stays about the same as described in the recipe.

(Healthier) Chex Mix


  • 3 cups Fiber one cereal
  • 3 cups wheat Chex
  • 3 cups corn Chex
    • Here, you could try substituting rice Chex, multi-grain cheerios, or any other cereal you like
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
    • Recipes often also include bagel chips, rye chips, or sesame sticks; experiment with pita chips to add extra crunch and flavor
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (I chose peanuts, almonds, and cashews; however, any combination works)
  • 1/3 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, chia, and flax are all good options)
    • Nuts and seeds are the most expensive ingredients to this recipe, so use as much or as little as fits your tastes and budget
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • Melted coconut oil or any butter or margarine can be used as a substitute
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
    • For bolder flavor, add 2 extra teaspoons Worcestershire sauce and an extra half teaspoon of each seasoning

For a sweet surprise, try adding raisins or other dried fruits.

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