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15 Delicious & Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

15 Delicious & Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

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

Combine the first five ingredients in a small container or plastic bag at home. Once on the trail, add the water and let everything sit together for at least three hours before consuming. Oats have a wonderfully balanced macro-nutrient profile and are high in zinc, magnese, and B vitamins, all of which are essential for high energy levels and good performance.

Nomadic no-bake bars

No Bake Granola Bars

  • 1½ cup trail mix (nuts, berries, chocolate chips, etc)
  • 1½ cup dry oats
  • ¼ cup agave, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1/4 warm coconut oil

Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Then, form the mix into bar shapes and let them set. As the coconut oil cools, the bars will harden. After an hour or two, transfer the bars to a plastic bag and chuck it in your pack! You will want to make this recipe ahead of time, but it makes for an instant, satisfying breakfast on the trail.

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.

Power pudding

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons milk or soy powder
  • A few drops liquid vanilla or chocolate stevia

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or jar and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Liquid stevia usually uses only natural flavors and is very easy to find online. It will add a mighty punch of flavor to your meals and drinks, and because of its potency, a tiny bottle of it can last you years. Chia seeds are an excellent nonperishable source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Date boats

  • 10-20 pitted dates
  • peanut butter
  • almonds/hazelnuts

Spread a small amount of peanut butter on the inside of a pitted date. Then, stick almonds and hazelnuts to the peanut butter and eat! Dates may be a less compact food, but they naturally have a very long shelf life, and are probably the best source of carbohydrates you can get on the trail, so the sacrifice is well worth it.

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

Add the ingredients one at a time to a food processor and blend until well combined. The mixture should be malleable, but not pureed. With your hands, roll into golf ball shapes and throw into a plastic bag for the journey. Cacao is a lesser processed version of cocoa, with higher vitamin and mineral content, but the same wonderful taste.

Trekker’s cheesy avocado wrap

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • garlic salt

Fill the tortillas with avocado slices and seasonings before wrapping up to enjoy. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which will help keep your energy levels high through the day’s duration. It has a distinctly cheesy flavor, but unlike dairy products, is not going to expire on you!

Appalachian Apple Pie

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1 finely chopped apple
  • 1 tablespoon milk or soy powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or pinch of stevia
  • 1 cup water

Make the same way as the Outdoor Overnight Oats, adding the apple along with the water. Some don’t consider whole fruits to be a good camping food because of their perishability. However, as long as you are not in an extremely hot environment, apples can last weeks in your bag and are firm enough to not splatter all over the other contents of your pack. If the length of your trek allows is, try to bring enough whole, raw fruit to have a piece or two every day. Fruit is going to keep your daily nutritional requirements met, hydration levels high, and immune system strong.

Acai Bullseye

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons milk or soy powder
  • 1 tablespoon acai powder
  • sugar or stevia to taste
  • optional toppings such as coconut shreds, tree nuts, dried berries, etc

Make the same way as the Power Pudding. Acai and chia are one of my favorite combinations, as their nutritional content compliment each other to give you optimal strength and stamina for the day.

Energizing Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or soy powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • few drops liquid vanilla stevia

Combine all the dry ingredients in a plastic bag beforehand to simplify your mornings. This drink can be enjoyed hot or cold. Cacao and carob are both chocolate-tasting super foods that are going to give you an early morning boost of nutrition and energy. For some added calories, consider adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to the drink.

Chocolate Hazelnut Hiking Heaven

  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk or soy powder

Blend all the ingredients to a puree and transfer to a lightweight plastic container. I like to always bring something super sweet, comforting, and quick when I go camping. Trust me, sometimes you will need it. This spread tastes like the beloved Nutella that we all adore, minus the palm oil and artificial flavors. Slap a tablespoon or two over a tortilla and enjoy. Sure, it might not sound delectable, but you’ll thank me later.

Banana Party

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • topping such as coconut shreds, chocolate chips, dried berries, chopped tree nuts, etc

Spread the peanut butter over one side of a peeled (just in case you are having a really bad morning and needed the clarification) banana. To the peanut butter, sprinkle your toppings and hit the trail!

Good old GORP

Trail Mix

  • peanuts
  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • chocolate chips
  • dried berries

Combine equal amounts of all ingredients and fill a large bag. Before a camping trip, I always tell myself to put a little more effort into my meals, but I don’t usually actually do that, and am always glad that I brought GORP along. When camping, you are freed from the usual requirements of civilization and society, like pretending to be a presentable and lovely human being. GORP is for those mornings when you’ve been out in the muck for long enough that consuming your breakfast like the hulk would popcorn is totally acceptable. We don’t judge.

There you have it! 15 no-bake recipes for your campground mornings. Remember to focus on nutrition and caloric content. So many prepackaged camping foods are almost entirely void of essential vitamins and minerals, and this is the last thing you want to be consuming when you are going to be exerting more energy than usual. Pick up some staples in bulk like oats, nuts, both fresh and dried fruit, and tortillas, and then begin adding suitable super foods to boost the nutritional value of the meal. To enable your body to take optimal advantage of the nutrition in your food, make sure to drink plenty of water. Now that you are armed with a new set of recipes, you are ready to embark on your next adventure! Happy travels!

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Monday 3rd of April 2017

[…] your camping breakfast healthy and enjoy this mix of granola, yogurt, oats and fruit for a sweet start to your […]

Eric Hirning

Friday 3rd of February 2017

These recipes look awesome! I will use some of these to have the Boy Scouts make for our next outing. Usually, we eat breakfast pretty quickly so we can get on with our day. This will save some time! Thank you.


Monday 30th of January 2017

Some great idea's here. I'm going to try the no bake bars; they look awesome. Breakfast is not a meal I normally enjoy, but having something quick and easy like that sounds perfect

Marble Mountain Ranch

Monday 26th of September 2016

I am excited to try all these breakfast meal which I can cook during our next camp. We are planning to make it happen soon. Thanks for the tips you've shared especially when it comes to the right food we need to bring with us.


Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Thank you very much for this post! Packing food for a 4 people family is a nightmare! I never know exactly what to pack for camping... !