Recipe: Trail Coconut Peanut Noodles

Ramen is a thru-hiker staple, and people get pretty creative trying to dress up their noodles.  One common trick is to add peanut butter.  It’s tasty and really beefs up the calories.  Piñata and I also add powdered coconut milk when it’s available, which adds even more calories.  And if I have any, I’ll add some dehydrated vegetables for some extra flavor and nutrients.  That pretty much sums up my on-trail version of this recipe.

But when I make food ahead to send to myself, there will be no ramen!  Here’s the make-ahead version, which packs in more than 1,000 calories:

Rice Noodles 1/2 bag = 400 calories

1/2 Bouillon Cube = 10 calories

4 T dried cabbage = 324 calories

1 T dried mixed peppers

2 tsp dried onion

1 tsp dried chives

2 T coconut powder = 82 calories

2 T peanut butter (1 packet) = 250 calories


Store all the ingredients together in one bag, except the peanut butter. Bring about 600 mL of water to a boil.  Add the noddles and other ingredients, return to a boil, then turn off and let sit for 5-8 minutes.  When the noodles are soft, stir in the peanut butter.