Cutting out gluten doesn’t mean you need to give up on your backcountry plans! There are tons of gluten-free backpacking food options out there to keep you well-fed on the trail. In this guide, we’ve collected as many ideas as we could find to bring you a comprehensive resource for gluten-free backpacking meals!
Whether you have Celiac, or are gluten intolerant, or have a mild sensitivity, trying to maintain a gluten-free diet over the course of a backpacking trip might seem like a daunting challenge. In the past, the only option would have been to make all your own meals from scratch. But today, many companies have realized the growing demand for gluten-free products and have started producing new gluten-free backpacking meals.
So we scoured the internet to find as many gluten-free freeze-dried and dehydrated meals as we could and share them all in one place. We have also done the painstaking work of calculating all the macronutrients for each of the meals by the ounce. Now you can easily tell the weight-to-nutrient ratio at a glance and quickly compare meals to make sure you’re planning a balanced menu. So if you, or somebody you know, is a gluten-free backpacker – this is your one-stop shop!
It’s worth noting that the list below is of meals that are described as Gluten Free by their manufacturer. We haven’t independently verified (nor would we be able to, really) this information nor can we speak to their manufacturing practices regarding cross-contamination. When in doubt, you could contact the companies themselves for more information.
Gluten-Free Backpacking Breakfasts
Ova Easy Eggs
Calories per oz: 185.2 | Fat per oz: 13.2 | Carbs per oz: 0 | Protein per oz: 13.2
Companies are developing new gluten-free backpacking meals all the time (and there’s definitely a non-zero chance that we’ve missed something) so if you know of a dehydrated gluten-free meal we should include, let us know in the comments below! And, if you’ve tried any of these meals, we’d love to hear what you thought of them!