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Oatmeal Many Ways

Oatmeal is a staple for backpackers and hikes because it's a slow-burn carbohydrate with a low glycemic index. This means that oatmeal provides energy for long periods, keeps hunger away, and helps with blood sugar control. It's a great way to start a day of self-powered travel.  I've provided here a few different combinations of ingredients to go along with the oatmeal. 

Ingredients
1/2 cup quick oats
2 tbsp powdered milk

Add any of these combinations to the oats:

Combo 1
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp granola
Combo 2
1 tbsp tofu jerky bits
2 tbsp honey
Combo 3
1 tbsp dried chopped apples
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp brown sugar
Combo 4
1 tbsp instant cappuccino mix
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Combo 5
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp chopped almonds or walnuts

At Home
Mix all ingredients in a freezer bag and seal.

On the Trail
For a hot meal, bring 1/2 cup water to a near boil, pour into the freezer bag, mix with fingers, then place in insulated pouch for 5 minutes. Eat while watching the sun rise. Smile because it's awesome to be alive!

Tips
For the dried milk I use Nestle Nido Instant Dry Whole Milk Powder.  It’s a great source of Vitamins A, C, and D, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc. Vegan alternatives are Nutritional Yeast, Soy Milk Powder, Rice Milk Powder, Almond Powder, or Coconut Milk Powder.  Each have their own textures, richness, and flavor profiles.

Most of these can be cold or hot meals. The peanut butter option is best hot.

I like to use an insulated pouch (mentioned above). It allows me to save some fuel because I don’t have to bring my water to a full boil. It also keeps my water hotter for longer, helping extend cooking time. With dehydrated food, sometimes the longer soak time makes for more naturally textured food. A good inexpensive and lightweight pouch is the Big Sky International Insulite pouch. Or search the Internet for some DYI options.