Backpacking Yogurt Parfait

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A parfait of creamy yogurt, crunchy granola, and fruit might sound like something you’d order at a trendy brunch spot, but we’re here to show you how you can enjoy this backpacking breakfast on the trail!

Close up of yogurt, granola, and fruit in a blue bowl

Breakfast while backpacking is super important—it gives you a jump start of energy and nutrition to help you tackle those early miles so you can start your day out strong.

Some mornings, we have the time to break out the stove and enjoy a hot breakfast like oatmeal or quinoa porridge, but other days we just need to fuel ourselves fast and get going.

That’s where this backpacking yogurt parfait comes in! Not only does it take almost no time to prep at home, but it’s a no-cook backpacking meal that’s ready in five minutes on the trail.

It’s creamy, crunchy, and sweet, and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Megan holding a blue bowl with yogurt, granola, and fruit, and a yellow spoon

Why you’ll love this

  • Easy to prep at home and on the trail
  • Uses store-bought ingredients—no dehydrator required!
  • It’s lightweight (just a hair over 2 oz) and packs in 144 calories per ounce
Yogurt drops, dried fruit, and granola

Ingredient Notes

Freeze dried yogurt: The easiest way to source freeze dried yogurt is to look at the baby food aisle of your grocery store! You’ll likely find either Gerber Yogurt Melts or Happy Baby Yogis, and either will work for this recipe.

Dried fruit: You can use home-dehydrated fruit (we love dried strawberries and bananas in ours!), or buy freeze dried fruit at the grocery store (look near the snack nuts) or online.

Granola: Use your favorite!

Yogurt drops in a food processor before and after powdering

Step by Step

Making this meal couldn’t be easier. At home, open the bag of freeze dried yogurt. You can blitz the yogurt in a small food processor and then transfer it back to the bag, or you can just crush the yogurt drops in the bag with a rolling pin. The finer the yogurt drops are crushed, the smoother the yogurt when you go to rehydrate it. Ideally, you are looking for a fine powder.

Then add your dried fruit to the bag and re-seal it. In a separate bag, store the granola.

You’re done! Stick the two bags in your bear canister or food bag.

Out on the trail, open the bag of yogurt and add 1/4 cup cold water (you could also transfer it to a bowl or cup if you use one. You’ll have a dish to clean but it’s a little easier to eat from!). You can add a bit more or less water depending on your preferred yogurt consistency.

Let the yogurt and fruit hydrate for about 5 minutes. Give it a stir every so often to help it hydrate evenly.

Once the liquid is absorbed, top with the granola and enjoy!

Megan holding a blue bowl with yogurt, granola, and fruit, and a yellow spoon

Trail Weight & Nutrition

This recipe makes one ~61g serving (dry weight), clocking in at 144 cal/oz. Each serving provides approximately:

  • 313 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 62g carbohydrates
  • 9g protein

For more information about how much food to eat while backpacking, check out our backpacking meals post.

(Disclaimer: Nutrition was calculated based on the ingredients we used, so yours may vary slightly.)

Close up of yogurt, granola, and fruit in a blue bowl

Backpacking Yogurt Parfait

Serves: 1 / Prep: 5 minutes in camp
Author: Fresh Off The Grid
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time on Trail: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Instructions

  • At home: Place the freeze dried yogurt in a small food processor or spice grinder and blitz it into powder, then place in a zip top bag with the dried fruit. Package the granola separately.
  • In camp: Add ¼ cup cold water (more or less depending on preferred consistency of the yogurt) to the powdered yogurt and fruit. Let it rehydrate, stirring occasionally, until creamy and smooth — about 5 minutes. Top with the granola.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g
*Nutrition is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator
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  1. Anna Lisa says:

    I can’t rate this yet since haven’t tried it but I loveeee this idea! Would never have thought to look in the baby food section. Sounds delish, can’t wait to try on my next backpacking trip!