This is another “non-recipe”. Instant Backcountry Bulletproof Coffee was a big part of my nutrition on my Dall sheep hunt, but it really simple to make, takes up little room in your pack, and delivers calories and coffee while practically weighing nothing. I now keep one or two in my car just in case I need a quick meal.
Since returning from my hunt, I have been playing around with my morning cup of fatty coffee, and came up with 5 more “recipes”. The original Instant Backcountry Bulletproof Coffee did the trick. I wasn’t crazy about the way the MCT powder tasted, but it was fine. But these Protein Keto Coffee for the Backpacking and Meal Prep are better tasting and just as practical! This post is still relevant and contains some good information, but if you would like more variety, including Mochas, also check out this post. The new recipes are also higher in protein.
Before you try low carb backpacking I recommend that you eat low-carb/keto for at LEAST 6 weeks. Without properly preparing your body to burn fat as fuel, you will not get all the benefits of a ketogenic diet in the backcountry and you may not perform as well as you would like.
If you need help making the transition contact me or I recommend The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns. That being said I am so glad I went keto for sheep hunting. I was able to get all my food down to just over a pound per day.
Overall I was really happy with a bulletproof coffee every morning on my hunt. Next time I will bring some plain coffee as well. Sometimes it’s hard to drink a 500 kcal coffee first thing in the morning. I would have preferred a hot cup of black coffee to start my day most mornings. Then once I was hungry, drank the bulletproof coffee, maybe cold.
There are high-fat premade coffees on the market. I made my own Instant Bulletproof Coffee because the commercially available ones did not have enough calories in 1 packet. Multiple packets would have been a hassle and extra weight. I needed a 500 kcals breakfast to get to my 3,000 kcal/day goal.
This can barely be called a recipe.
Mix all ingredients in a snack size zip-lock baggy
Add coffee mixture to hot water and sir.
This recipe makes 2 "cups" of coffee
Is a good source of MCTs and Collagen Protein. Increases physical activity increases your need for protein and collagen contains amino acids many people are deficient in. It also contained twice the calories per 1/4 cup as the RapodFire Creamer.
The powdered butter is a good source of fat and tastes good. I was bulkier than the MCT/Collagen powder and it contains guar gum (derived from a legume) which some people may be sensitive to, but I didn’t notice any side effects.
Let’s be honest, there is no good instant coffee, but when you are camping everything tastes better. I bought Yuban at the grocery store and it worked fine. I also put it in my Epic Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free). It is a lot cheaper than the Starbucks VIA.
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