Top homemade Mountain Marathon recipes

Authors:  Bodil and Corin

We often get asked what type of food we take on our overnight running adventures. Finding lightweight, tasty and nutritious meals which only need hot water to prepare can be a real challenge, especially if you are on a budget! Find here our favourite (mostly homemade) recipes for a mountain marathon or overnight long distance run.


The recipes below are all prepared in the same way. Weigh out the ingredients and add to a sturdy zip-lock bag. Most of the zip-lock style bags we tried could handle boiling water being poured into them directly, but please try at home before going out! The idea is, you add all the ingredients for one meal to the bag and when you are out, you simply add boiled water to the bag, zip, mix, wait for 5 minutes and your meal is ready! No need to take a bowl or clean your pan.



They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so let’s give you some porridge power to get started! The portions below are quite generous, we cannot finish our breakfast most of the time. Use the base ingredients below and then choose which flavour you want from the optional ingredients. The varieties are endless, so have fun creating your porridge to suit your taste.

Porridge Prep

Base ingredients

  • 50 g porridge oats
  • 20 g oatbran
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 30 g instant milk powder
  • Sugar or sweetener, to taste (suggest 1-2 tbsp)

Optional ingredients

Apple Cinnamon: Dried apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, chopped walnuts
Fruit and Nut: Dried apple, dried cranberries, dried mango, chopped walnuts, almond flakes.
Coffee Chocolate: Instant coffee granules, cacao powder or chocolate protein powder
Coconut Chocolate: Coconut flakes, cacao powder or chocolate protein powder





  • 100 g couscous
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder/granules
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 stock cube, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomatoes (variety not in oil), chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, non refrigerated variety

Smash and soup

Smash ‘n Soup


  • 264 g Smash Original Instant Mashed Potato (1 and a half 176 g packages)
  • 1 cup of soup package, either vegetable or minestrone
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, non refrigerated variety


Custard and granola bar


  • 1 package full fat instant custard powder
  • 1 granola bar, any to suit your taste


  • Break granola bar into bite sized pieces and place into zip lock bag. Add custard powder. When ready to make, add boiling water to bag, stir thoroughly, then close the zip and continue to mix with your hands outside of the bag.

Any questions, do get in touch!

Furry friends meal

Dog food

Luna waiting expectantly for her dinner!

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Lisa and Bodil running the OMM in Glentrool, 2016



10 thoughts on “Top homemade Mountain Marathon recipes

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