This fall, Tucker Ballister (AKA The Backpack Guide) was kind enough to try out a couple of meals. Here's a snippet of Tucker's review of our Apricot Almond Couscous and Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal. For the full review, head over to Tucker's website!
TrailFork provides customized backpacking meals in lightweight, compostable packaging that’s super easy to bring along on your next trip. They cater to vegan, vegetarian, omni, paleo, gluten-free, and many other dietary preferences or restrictions so that you don’t have to give up your healthy routine when you get out on the trail.
They were very gracious to send me two samples of their backpacking meals. The first was a dinner option: Apricot-Almond Couscous. The second was enjoyed for breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Oats. Here is my TrailFork Product Review!
The ingredients listed in TrailFork’s Apricot-Almond Couscous are couscous (shocker!), dried apricots, textured vegetable protein “chicken,” almonds, and spice. One bag equals a single serving and contains a total of 520 calories.
Preparation of this backpacking meal required boiling 10 ounces of water and adding the mixture after achieving a boil. I think I actually added closer to 12 ounces of water, but the couscous absorbed it well and our final meal, which included the addition of a packet of madras lentils, was a nice and hearty soup.
The ingredients listed in TrailFork’s Peanut Butter Banana Oats are oats (surprise, surprise!), whole milk, powdered peanut butter (roasted peanuts, sugar, salt), chia seeds, bananas, hemp seeds, and less than 2% of brown sugar and spice. One bag is equivalent to a single serving and offers a total of 620 calories.
As with the couscous, preparation is simple: boil 5 ounces of water and add TrailFork mix. Stir and your oats are ready almost instantly. If you’re like me, though, and you like your oats a little on the thicker side, let them sit for 2-3 minutes, stir again and enjoy! For an added flavor boost, we supplemented these oats with a few additional dried banana slices and some fresh, diced mango.