While it’s commonly asserted that oatmeal “sticks to your ribs”, we find it does quite the opposite when we’re out backpacking.
Instant oatmeal packets are definitely one of the easiest hot backpacking breakfasts you can make out on the trail (no question about that!) but all the major store-bought brands are made up of relatively simple carbs: pulverized processed oats and a lot of sugar.
Even if we stuff ourselves with these instant oatmeal packets at breakfast, we find that we burn through them entirely by mid-morning. So at 7am when we hit the trail, we’re totally full but by 9:30 we’re starving again.
So what to be done about this? The answer is to diversify the nutritional profile of your oatmeal.
This DIY backpacking recipe starts with a base of oatmeal and then adds layers of nutrition (and flavor!) on top of it. It includes coconut milk and flakes for long-lasting calories from fat, almonds and hemp seeds to add protein and dehydrated blueberries for a little extra fiber.
True, you will lose out on the “instant” cook time of instant oatmeal, but the more diverse nutritional profile means you should feel full all the way until lunch. Or at least elevenses.
So if you’ve been dissatisfied with your backpacking breakfast of choice, consider adding this DIY option to your repertoire!
Ingredients for Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal
Quick-cooking rolled oats: Oats bring protein and fiber to this breakfast. Use certified gluten-free oats to make this oatmeal GF.
Coconut Milk Powder: If you want to pick this up locally, the Asian section of your local grocery store is usually your best bet. Otherwise, you can pick it up online.
At home, simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, then divide between two resealable bags. If you’re going to make this for two people and cook both servings at once, you can put it all in one bag.
At camp, add the oatmeal ingredients to your cook pot along with 1/4 cup water for one serving or 1/2 cup water for both servings. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the oats are tender.
BioBag Resealable Compostable Sandwich Bags: If you are trying to cut down on your usage of single-use plastic bags, these resealable compostable sandwich bags from BioBag are a nice alternative. They function just like a standard plastic Ziplock bag, except they won’t take ten million years to decompose in a landfill.
MSR Pocket Rocket 2: We use this backpacking stove (along with the Solo Pot listed below) for many of our backpacking recipes. It’s has a compact, foldable design, a powerful burner, and pretty good simmer control.
MSR 1.3 liter Cermanic Solo Pot: This is the backpacking pot (along with the Pocket Rocket stove listed above) for most of our backpacking recipes. It has a great non-stick ceramic coating, that makes cooking and cleaning a breeze.
MSR Duo Windburner: We have recently started using this MSR Duo Windburner cook system to increase our fuel efficiency on the trail. It’s an integrated stove and pot system that boils water super fast, simmers really well, and all but eliminates wind buffering.
Spork: A good spork is a backpacker’s best friend. We really like the color and designs of these humangear sporks.
Blueberry Coconut Oats
Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
This backpacking-friendly blueberry coconut oatmeal is a great way to bring some nutritional diversity to your morning oats.