Creating your own healthy meals to bring into the backcountry isn’t nearly as difficult as you’d think. With a few handy kitchen tools like a food processor, dehydrator, blender and coffee grinder I’m able to whip up delicious crackers to compliment my meals, or eat all by themselves.


  • 1 bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 cups of tomatoes
  • 34 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups onion
  • 116 cup cayenne pepper
  • 18 cup salt
  • 18 cup turmeric powder
  • Tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 4 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup flax seeds

First, chop up the walnuts, sesame and sunflower seeds in a food processor. Once they become a crumbly mixture STOP. Don’t process them so much that they turn to paste. Yer not making GU here, amigo.

Next, use a coffee grinder to powder the flax seeds. I suppose you don’t HAVE to powder the flax seeds, but your body will be able to absorb more nutrients from them if you do.

Now it’s time to liquefy the bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, onion, cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, and salt. A powerful blender works best. My loyalties lay with Vitamix, but I won’t judge if you use something else. Drop ‘em all in and blend until they reach a soup-like consistency.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and then spread them on your dehydrator sheets. My Excaliber dehydrator has 9 trays, and I put about 2 cups on each tray and spread it evenly across the surface. You’ll want to use the flexible non-stick liner sheets on the tray, lest everything leak through the mesh.

For the first hour, keep the temperature at 95 degrees, and the second hour raise it to 115 degrees. Monitor the consistency, and flip when the underside doesn’t stick to the sheet. Depending on conditions, you may have to keep dehydrating them for a few more hours. You’re shooting for a nice dry cracker-like consistancy, so pay attention to what’s happening inside that dehydrator.

Voila! You now have a batch of healthy raw crackers to fuel your adventures. I eat these with soups and hummus spreads, or straight out of a Ziploc baggie.