Backpacking Oatmeal: 5 Creative Variations

backpacking oatmeal variations

Oatmeal is a beloved staple for backpackers due to its convenience and nutritional benefits. But how to eat it every morning and do not get bored ? Be creative! Make your own blends with instant oats and combinations of dried fruits, berries, nuts, herbs and spices.
Flavour up your oatmeal every day in a different way.

In this post  you’ll find inventive twists on this classic meal to keep your taste buds excited on the trail. From savory to sweet, these variations are designed to be easy to prepare and pack, ensuring you start your day with a satisfying and energizing breakfast. Explore these creative recipes and make your next backpacking trip more delicious than ever!

Basic Oatmeal Recipe

You’ll need:
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons full cream milk powder (Nestle Nido)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon sugar

At home:
Mix oats, milk powder, salt and sugar in a zip-lock bag.

On the trail:
Bring 1/2 cup  water to a boil. Pour hot water into an oat mixture; stir well and let stand, covered, for  1 minute.

5 Backpacking Oatmeal Variations:

 1. Oatmeal + Peanut Butter+ Crunchy Granola
Prepare oatmeal according to the basic recipe. Stir in 1 tablespoon of peanut butter into cooked oatmeal. Sprinkle with crunchy nut granola to serve.

crunchy oatmeal

2. Oatmeal + Bacon + Honey 
Prepare oatmeal according to the basic recipe. Top with 2 slices of fried bacon and 1 teaspoon of honey.

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3. Oatmeal + Cherries + Dark Chocolate
Prepare oatmeal according to the basic recipe*.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of dried cherries into cooked oatmeal. Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips.

* – omit sugar from recipe

4. Oatmeal + Nutella + Hazelnuts
Prepare oatmeal according to the basic recipe*. Stir in 1 teaspoon of Nutella chocolate cream into cooked oatmeal; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of toasted and chopped hazelnuts.

nutella oatmeal

5. Oatmeal + Cheese + Dried Apples + Rosemary
Mix  oats, milk powder, chopped dried apples and pinch of rosemary  in a zip-lock bag.
Bring 1/2 cup  water to  a boil. Pour hot water into oat mixture; stir well and let stand, covered, for  1 minute. Stir in 1 handfull of grated Cheddar or Parmesan cheese.

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