Whether you’re vegan or not, when it comes to backpacking, snacks can often be a challenge. Personally, I find it difficult to find vegan backpacking snacks that will replenish my calories and give me energy. After trial and error (meaning going through a sh*t ton of CLIF Bars), I’ve discovered that there are some amazing vegan snacks out there that really are great for backpacking. Take a look at some of the vegan backpacking snacks that  I bring along with me on my excursions and hopefully you’ll feel inspired to try them out for yourself!

1.Lenny and Larry Complete Cookies 

 
Why I love them:
These cookies taste so damn good and are super high in calories. I’m always trying my best to replenish lost calories throughout the day by having multiple high calorie snacks. I love these cookies because they have 420 calories per cookie, 16 g of protein, and 12 g of fat. These cookies are absolutely phenomenal for getting a boost of energy while indulging in a sweet treat. There are tons of flavours to pick from, my personal favourites are the birthday cake and chocolate chip. My partner Ryan loves the snickerdoodle flavour.     
Cons:
The only cons would be the weight. The weight of these cookies add up if you’re doing a thru-hike. I definitely suggest bringing them along for a quick multi-day backpacking trip. Additionally, prepare for melted chocolate during hot days if you get ones with chocolate chip- still great, just a little more messy.  

2. The Square Banana

The Square Banana   OK, I’m not even sure how to explain this one…but just trust me on this. When you are hiking day after day eating dehydrated food and granola bars, sometimes you just really want a piece of fruit. Although this isn’t quite like eating a real banana, it feels so good to have a sweet healthy treat. Like the package says, one square is one banana, that’s it that’s all.   
Why I love them:
a lightweight, healthy sweet treat for a quick energy boost.    
Cons:
hardly any calories and protein, simply just a treat.   

3. Noble Vegan Jerky

noble-beef-jerky   This is hands down my favourite vegan backpacking snack. It’s so delicious and the perfect salty snack for those tough days on the trail when the cravings kick in.
Why I love it:
Flavourful, salty, and chewy deliciousness that actually satisfies hiking hunger and suppresses salty cravings.Noble Jerky comes in multiple flavours, I personally love the teriyaki and BBQ flavours.     
Cons:
The jerky is 100 calories per serving, has 7 g of protein, and 2 g of fat. Though it’s not super high in any of the macronutrients, the jerky is just an irresistibly yummy snack. 

4. Probar Meal

When I first started backpacking, I used to think CLIF Bars were the only easy vegan hiking snack. I would pack enough to eat 2-3 bars per day. I’ve had enough CLIF Bars to last me an entire lifetime. I discovered Probars on my hunt for an alternative to CLIF Bars and my god was it the best discovery.    
Why I love them:
High calorie, blended not baked, yummy protein bars. I honestly shouldn’t even categorize them as a protein bar but some of the flavours have over 11 g of protein in them. The bars are 360 calories and have roughly 20 g of fat. The chocolate peanut butter flavour is described as ‘ooey gooey’ goodness and you bet your ass they are ooey gooey. It tastes like you’re eating cookie dough. In addition to tasting amazing there are a ton of superfoods in them including dates, sunflower seeds, almonds, etc. These are my go-to bars for every backpacking trip.
Cons:
you can never have enough of them, you’ll want them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I truly can’t think of any con.

5. Bobo’s Oat Bars

  If you’re not into the idea of eating oatmeal for breakfast everyday, Bobo’s is a great breakfast bar. I find Bobo’s the best for an in between breakfast and lunch snack. The lemon poppy seed flavour is so good and so is the maple pecan.
Why I love them:
Yummy, not your typical “bar”, feels homemade. 380 calories per bar, 14 g of fat, and 6 g of protein. Even though it’s an oat bar, it doesn’t feel dry or chewy. Made from 100% organic and gluten free oats.
Cons:
Seriously can’t think of any… perhaps just low in protein  

6. Dehydrated Hummus and & Mary’s Original Crackers

        Dehydrated Hummus is super underrated vegan backpacking snack. This is such a great snack or lunch when you have time to sit down and enjoy the views
Why I love it:
I’m obsessed with hummus. The fact that you can just add water to your dehydrated hummus and eat it on the trail blows my mind.  I enjoy pairing hummus with Mary’s crackers for a salty snack.
Cons:
Inconvenient in comparison to bars.   I hope this brief vegan backpacking snacks guide helps you to fuel your next backpacking adventure with some plant-based goodness! There’s absolutely no need to continue eating GORP or 200 calorie CLIF Bars  (unless you love those things) on your outings. Here’s to many more backpacking adventures in 2019!