Breakfast in a bag, this granola and milk combination is a great way to start a day on the trail. Just add water!
Whether you’re backpacking or just need something fast to eat in the morning, packing a couple of baggies filled with granola and powdered milk is a great breakfast trick. Of course, you could use any store bought granola as well, but our recipe captures the essence and flavor of autumn. Toasted oats, crunchy pecans, and sweet sweet maple syrup. Just add water, mix, and you’ve got a bowl of cereal ready to go.
Why it Works for Backpacking
‣ Can be made and assembled ahead of time, for a quick and easy breakfast on the trail.
‣ Uses nonperishable ingredients that won’t spoil over the course of your trip.
‣ Comes with a built-in bowl.
Mastering the Technique
‣ Mind your portions and ratios. Everyone as their own ideal milk to cereal ratio, so make sure to measure your granola, powdered milk, and water to your preference (we’ve provided a starting point in the recipe below).
‣ Obviously, this recipe will work with any type of resealable zip lock bag, but if you’re trying to be more eco-conscious, BioBag makes great biodegradable sandwich bags.
‣ We used Milkman powdered milk for this recipe, but Carnation powdered milk found at most grocery stores will work as well. What may not work, however, is powdered coconut milk. Powdered coconut milk requires warm, nearly hot water in order to properly mix – so if you prefer your granola served with icy cold milk, you’ll want to stick to the regular variety. However, if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, coconut milk and warm water will work (and is a nice combo on a chilly morning).
Pecan and Maple Granola in a Bag
Make this sweet & crunchy granola before your trip, pack it in a bag with some powdered milk, and add water in the morning to make a nearly instant backpacking breakfast with no dishes to clean up!
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pecans (chopped)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon oil (grapeseed or coconut work well)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon powdered milk
At Home: Preheat oven to 325. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except the powdered milk and stir to thoroughly combine. Spread the mixture on a lined baking sheet. You’ll want the oat mixture to be fairly compact so it has a chance to form clumps – we only used about 1/3 of a standard baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the pan around (but not stirring the granola) halfway through so it cooks evenly. Once the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Break the granola into small clumps.
Split the granola between two resealable bags and add 1 tablespoon powdered milk to each.
At Camp: Add water (about 1/3 cup or 3 oz), stir to combine with the powdered milk. Enjoy!