TrailFork provides customized backpacking meals in lightweight, compostable packaging that’s super easy to bring along on your next trip. They cater to vegan, vegetarian, omni, paleo, gluten-free, and many other dietary preferences or restrictions so that you don’t have to give up your healthy routine when you get out on the trail.
They were very gracious to send me two samples of their backpacking meals. The first was a dinner option: Apricot-Almond Couscous. The second was enjoyed for breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Oats. Here is my TrailFork Product Review!
TrailFork Apricot-Almond Couscous
The ingredients listed in TrailFork’s Apricot-Almond Couscous are couscous (shocker!), dried apricots, textured vegetable protein “chicken,” almonds, and spice. One bag equals a single serving and contains a total of 520 calories.
Preparation of this backpacking meal required boiling 10 ounces of water and adding the mixture after achieving a boil. I think I actually added closer to 12 ounces of water, but the couscous absorbed it well and our final meal, which included the addition of a packet of madras lentils, was a nice and hearty soup.
TrailFork Peanut Butter Banana Oats
The ingredients listed in TrailFork’s Peanut Butter Banana Oats are oats (surprise, surprise!), whole milk, powdered peanut butter (roasted peanuts, sugar, salt), chia seeds, bananas, hemp seeds, and less than 2% of brown sugar and spice. One bag is equivalent to a single serving and offers a total of 620 calories.
As with the couscous, preparation is simple: boil 5 ounces of water and add TrailFork mix. Stir and your oats are ready almost instantly. If you’re like me, though, and you like your oats a little on the thicker side, let them sit for 2-3 minutes, stir again and enjoy! For an added flavor boost, we supplemented these oats with a few additional dried banana slices and some fresh, diced mango.
Why I’m a TrailFork Product Fan!
Ease and Convenience
Packing TrailFork’s meals out to our lake home for the evening was super easy. The packets themselves are light and fit well into a bear canister or food bag.
They were also extremely easy to prepare. It doesn’t get much simpler than boiling water, adding a pre-made mix, stirring, and enjoying. And when you’ve spent a full day on your feet, you want food prep to be simple and you want that food to be delicious.
Now, I’ll be honest, I’m actually not a huge fan of oatmeal. Sure, it’s easy to prepare and relatively lightweight to carry, but it always seems to come up short in the flavor department (at least when I put my own mixture together).
I’m very pleased to say that this was NOT the case with TrailFork’s Peanut Butter Banana Oats. They were full of flavor and just the right amount of brown sugar, which is really the key ingredient.
The only (very minor) knock on TrailFork’s products could be that they ask you to measure out a specific amount of water in preparation. I don’t know how many of you backpack with measuring cups (who knows, maybe I’m missing the boat on this one), but it can be hard to take exact measurements of water when you’re camp-cooking. That said, I’ve never really been averse to eyeballing!
Another note is that true to their serving recommendations on the packaging, these are certainly designed for a single person and a single meal.
We supplemented, as you saw above because we actually shared these meals. If you plan on using these for your next backpacking trip, I definitely recommend budgeting for one serving per person, per meal.
It’s Not Just About The Food
Perhaps one of my favorite things about TrailFork’s products is their sustainable, compostable packaging. Unlike many other providers of backpacking meals out there, the TrailFork team has taken the time and effort to design packaging that is truly 100% compostable. That means a lot to those of us who care about the environment and want to reduce waste, reliance on single-use plastics, and excessive packaging.
Another thing that I really appreciate about TrailFork is that they have a variety of recipes and meals to choose from. Whatever your dietary preferences, they have a product you can enjoy. In addition to the two meals I highlighted above, they also offer some delicious meals with names like Unwrapped Burrito, Coconut Chana Masala, and Cinnamon Roll Oats.
For someone who has relied on other, less healthy backpacking meals for years, I found TrailFork to be an incredible change of pace. You mean to tell me that I can eat well and eat healthy while I’m miles away from a “traditional” kitchen? Yes, I’ll certainly take that option when I can. So, if you’re looking for an alternative to whatever backpacking meal brand you’ve been using, I highly recommend giving TrailFork a try!
Try Out TrailFork Meals!
Do you have experience with TrailFork meals? If so, I’d love to know what you think about them and what your favorite meal is thus far! Also, if you decide to purchase any TrailFork meals after reading this review, I’d love to know how you like them after you’ve had a chance to enjoy them!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of the TrailFork and I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. I’ll be quick to reply to any questions, comments, or concerns you feel like sharing!
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