My go-to breakfast on the trail – oatmeal. This isn’t that sugary, packet stuff. This is hearty, creamy oats. Some hikers get sick of it, but I crave it.

Thru Hiker Oatmeal

3/4 cup quick oats

1 tsp brown sugar

1/3 cup instant dry milk

dash of salt

1/4 cup dried fruit (I add raisins to mine)

1 TBS ground flaxseed

1 1/2 cups water, added on the trail

Cooking Option A: For an easy on-the-go breakfast, simply add water directly to oatmeal bag. Wait 30-45 minutes to completely soak and then enjoy cold.

Cooking Option B: Add the dry oat mixture to your insulated camping mug. Pour boiling water into mug and let it cook in your mug, covered for 5 minutes.

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John Muir Trail, CA
Source : “Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’” by Christine and Tim Conners
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