Woman cooking breakfast on camp stove

Camping food isn’t hard to find. Go to any grocery store and you are bound to find items such as instant oatmeal, dehydrated potato flakes, and vacuum sealed rice meals. They’re cheap, easy to prepare, and light weight, but can we do better? Traditional camping food generally is loaded with preservatives and artificial flavors, which are ingredients we certainly want to avoid when trying to get back to nature. In my disapproval of food with ten year long shelf lives, I have created a list of natural, healthy breakfast recipes for the trail that are just as inexpensive and convenient as their more generic alternatives. What could be better? Oh, that’s right– none of these recipes require any heating whatsoever. Happy camping and happy not-cooking!

Outdoor Overnight Oats

Outdoor oatmeal in bowel with coffee

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1 tablespoon milk or soy powder
  • ¼ cup dried berries, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, etc
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or pinch of stevia
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup cool water
  • Backpacker’s Banana Sandwich

    • 1 whole wheat tortilla
    • 1 banana
    • 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter

    Spread peanut butter over half of the tortilla and add the chopped banana atop. Fold the bare half of the tortilla over to form a taco shape. Tortillas are flat and dense, which makes them better for backpacking than ordinary sandwich bread, which will be easily squashed in your pack. Bananas are high in Vitamin C, which is going to help you keep sickness at bay.

    Sunrise Cereal

    • 1½ cup of your favorite cereal
    • 2 tablespoons milk or soy powder
    • 1 cup water

    Add the milk powder to your water and pour into a bowl over dry cereal. Try not to go for flaked cereals, as these will crumble more easily in your backpack. Add a handful of dried fruit for a boost of flavor and nutritional content.

  • Walking water

    • 2 tablespoons raw protein and vitamin powder
    • 2 cups water

    Combine the powder and water in a bottle and shake. A plethora of nutritious protein powders exist today and are increasingly easy to find. Look for one that is plant based and free of any ingredients you don’t recognize.

    Chocolate champ balls

    • 3 cups mixes nuts of choice
    • 1 cup cacao powder
    • 15 pitted dates
    • pinch of salt
    • ¼ cup agave, honey, or maple syrup

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