Have you ever experienced the feeling of wanting to put any kind of health into your body when you’re travelling or backpacking? When I stray from my diet at home, I always feel malnourished to a certain degree. There’s been a few times when I’ve been backpacking and have felt overwhelming cravings for fruit and veggies.

In my recent pursuits, I have decided not to ignore these feelings but try to prevent them by incorporating dehydrated smoothies into my trail meals.

You might be thinking, ‘dehydrated smoothies…? Come again?’

It sounds a little funny, but dehydrated smoothies are the way to go to fuel your body on your adventure and will leave you feeling so nourished.

Why Dehydrated Smoothies Should be a Staple for Adventuring

  • extremely nutritious
  • lightweight for carrying
  • refreshing
  • great for digestion
  • gives energy and improves performance
  • so simple to make

I’m going to teach you how to dehydrate your very own smoothies so that you can pack along your favourite concoctions next time you’re hitting the trail or travelling.

How to Make Dehydrated Smoothies

I’m not joking when I say that this process is incredibly simple.

Step #1: First of all, you will need a dehydrator (see Dehydrate Your Own Backpacking Food 101 for which one to purchase)

Step #2: Throw all of your smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (I like making as many servings as possible to dehydrate as much as I can at once)

Step #3: Once your smoothie is finished blending, pour the mixture onto your dehydrator trays. Pro Tip: Use silicone dehydrator sheets to line your trays.

Step #4: Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees F and let the smoothie dehydrate for about 6-12 hours.

Step #5: Once the mixture is brittle, let cool and then place pieces into a blender or a coffee grinder and pulse until a powder is formed

Step #6: Put the powder in small baggies and store in a cool and dark place until you’re ready for your adventure.

Step #7: For the best rehydration results, pour a cup of water into your baggie the night before consumption. In the morning, put the contents of the baggie in a reusable cup and stir until mixture becomes smoothie form once again.

Best Practices

  • If you want to make a protein smoothie, I highly suggest adding your protein into your smoothie once it’s rehydrated vs adding the protein powder during the initial blend
  • Ensure all of your fruits and veggies are washed well prior to blending. The dehydration process may not kill all of the potential bacteria on the fruit and veggies
  • Try using coconut milk for your milk of choice. It dehydrates well and will add a lot more calories/ fat for energy.

Recipe Ideas

#1. Green Goddess Smoothie

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 green pear
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • Stevia to taste

*Optional: Add in 1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder

Blend and follow steps to dehydrate

#2. Mixed Berry Smoothie

  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5 cups frozen fruit (I like using blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk

*Optional: Add in one scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder

Blend and follow the steps to dehydrate

#3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This smoothie tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I prefer my smoothies to be dense and full of calories so I go pretty heavy on the ingredients in this one.

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 pitted dates (soak them for a few minutes for easy blending)
  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds

*Optional, add in a scoop of chocolate protein powder once rehydrated, you might have to add a bit more water if too thick.

Blend and follow the steps to dehydrate