There’s no way around it: quick cooking oats are an ideal backpacking breakfast. But it’s just so easy to get burnt out on the standard flavors. (We’d be happy never to eat cinnamon-apple or brown sugar ever again!)
That’s why when we’re camping, we’re always experimenting with new flavor combinations in an attempt to re-invent them. And our new favorite is this Apricot + Ginger combination.
Dried apricots and candied ginger are available at any supermarket (but you can get them for a steal at Trader Joe’s). The apricots offer a subtly exotic sweetness to mix, while the candied ginger provides intermittent pops of spice. Chopped almonds add some nutty crunch. Blend that all together with the tropical flavor from powdered coconut milk and you get a really nice dynamic range of flavors.
We had this Apricot Ginger Oatmeal while hiking the Trans Catalina Trail in California. If you’re interested in reading more about the Trans Cat hike or seeing what else we ate while we were on the trail, you can check out the full article about it here.
So if you’re burnt out on the standard oatmeal flavors and want to try something new, this is an easy DIY alternative that really hits the spot! Happy trails!