This trail snack packs massive energy and loads of nutrients into a satisfying yet unsightly sludge. This is probably one of the most economical and tasty ways to sustain yourself while hiking, backpacking or traveling hard. All credit to goes to Ultralight Joe over at ultralightbackpacker.com for this genius recipe. I’ve only added one small ingredient to increase vitamin content.
While I’m not qualified to describe this humorously-named goop as a “meal replacement”, I am happy to spout off a few reasons why I think you should consider giving it a try. For starters Moose Goo is nearly non-perishable, it requires no cooking or prep-time, can be eaten cold or warm, and can be stored and packed very easily. Already it has the credentials of a quintessential backpacker food. The most convincing part is how much energy and nutrition is packed into it. The honey provides simple, fast carbs while the corn flour delivers longer lasting complex carbs. Peanut butter brings the protein and Nido is chalk full of vitamins and minerals. This snack dishes out massive calories when your body needs them most, and it does it all efficiently and affordably. Okay, are you sold yet? Read on for more information or if you plan on making yourself a batch of goo.
2 cup Corn Flour
2 cup Honey
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Nido Fortified Dehydrated Milk
Total weight: 2.4 lbs
Note: This is a lot, enough for multiple people for multiple days. Adjust measurements according to your needs.
1. Obtain Ingredients
Corn flour can be found in the ethnic or hispanic section of some grocery stores, or you can buy it here online, just be sure it’s corn flour and not corn meal or starch or something weird! Nido can be found similarly, or you can purchase it online here. Be sure to get the “fortificada” version and not the children’s version. The type of honey is entirely up to you, and peanut butter as well, go chunky if you’re daring! I think the preservatives in non-organic peanut butter like Jif probably help with “shelf-life” or rather “pack-life”. This goop really should be able to last a rather long time without spoiling. I would say a couple weeks to be safe, but the ingredients alone can last much longer.
2. Measure and Mix
There’s not much science to this part. Just follow the measurements… or don’t. Maybe mix in some protein powder or something, give it a personal touch. I find that a little less corn flour helps decrease the grittiness and improves the taste a bit. Stir everything thoroughly to be sure all of the corn flour has been spread around and can be absorbed by nicely.
3. Pack It Up
Dump your questionable looking concoction into your carrier of choice. Ziplock bags are handy, some folks use individual squeeze tubes for condiment style convenience. Ultralight Joe recommends layers of wax paper if you are going out in the cold.
4. Eat It.
While you can shovel this stuff into your feedhole all on its own, you may enjoy it better in a wrap. However you choose to eat it, just be sure to remember it’s wonderful name: Ultralight Joe’s Moose Goo.