Oatmeal That Slaps

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Oatmeal. A breakfast staple…especially for multi-day outdoor adventures. But let’s face it: oatmeal can be so boring. To make things worse, many store bought packets lack energy boosting nutrients and are loaded with processed sugars. 

Since eating more oatmeal than I’d like to admit, I couldn’t stand the thought of eating another bowl on a trip… That is until I started getting a bit creative and prepping my own oatmeal combos. And now, oatmeal has redeemed itself. It’s made it’s way back into my expedition meal plans. 

My Go-to Oatmeal Base:

  • 1/3 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 tbsp powered milk (optional) 
  • 1 tsp coconut or brown sugar

My Favourite Mix-ins:

  • Dried fruits
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Cocoa and fruit powders
  • Chocolate
  • Instant coffee
  • Sugars 

Notes:

  • I try to reduce added sugars. If you prefer your oatmeal sweeter, you may want to add more to the recipes below.
  • If you want to learn how to make your own dried fruits and mix-ins, visit our Dehydrating 101 post.
  • You can use fresh fruits if you’re taking this on a day trip or enjoying it at home. 

Mix-in Combos

Okay, so saying these oatmeal recipes slap is definitely a bold statement. Let’s be real… we’re talking about oatmeal here.  

But I must say, these combos are flavourful and full of proteins, fibre, and healthy fats to keep your stomach full and happy on big adventures. 

Chocolate-Coco Banana Nut

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/3 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 2 tbsp toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 10 banana chips
  • 1 tbsp chopped peanuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 482  Carbs: 56g  Protein: 13g  Fibre: 14g  Sugar: 17g  

Sodium: 9mg  Fat: 27g  Saturated Fat: 11g  Cholesterol: 5mg 

Cranberry Pumpkin Pecan

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/3 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 2 tbsps dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsps pecans
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed
  • 1 tbsp dried maple

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 451  Carbs: 56g  Protein: 12g  Fibre: 13g  Sugar: 25g

Sodium: 3.9mg  Fat: 22g  Saturated Fat: 2.4g  Cholesterol: 0mg 

Raspberry "Nutella" Latté

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/2 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 12 chopped hazelnuts
  • 10 dehydrated or freeze dried raspberries (or strawberries!)
  • 1/2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsps milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk 
  • 1-2 tsps brown sugar

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 535  Carbs: 58g  Protein: 16g  Fibre: 14g  Sugar: 26g

Sodium: 49mg  Fat: 29g  Saturated Fat: 7g  Cholesterol: 10mg 

Cashew Coconut

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/3 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 2 tbsps toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsps cashews
  • 1 tsp coconut or brown sugar

Optional: Add chocolate and/or cocoa powder

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 415  Carbs: 40g  Protein: 13g  Fiber: 12g  Sugar: 6g

Sodium: 12mg  Fat: 25g  Saturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg 

White Chocolate Lemon Berry

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/2 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 3-4 tbsps dried berries (blueberries, cherries or cranberries) 
  • 2 tbsps white chocolate
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp dried lemon rind 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk

Note: I found store-bought dried lemon rind to be extremely bitter. Finely shred some lemon rind, place in between 2 sheets of paper towel and keep out to dry for a day or two.

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 516  Carbs: 72g  Protein: 15g  Fiber: 14g  Sugar: 43g

Sodium: 52mg  Fat: 20g  Saturated Fat: 5.5g  Cholesterol: 5.7mg 

Apple Pecan Cinnamon

Ingredients (1 Serving)

  • 1/2 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 6 tbsps chopped dehydrated apple
  • 2 tbsps chopped pecans
  • 1-2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsps brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk 

To "rehydrate":

  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.


Per Serving:

Cal: 389  Carbs: 49g  Protein: 11g  Fiber: 13g  Sugar: 18g

Sodium: 32mg  Fat: 17g  Saturated Fat: 2g  Cholesterol: 1.2mg 

Storage Information

  1. Store in sealed bag or container for up to 3 months

How to "rehydrate" before consuming:

  1. Add 3/4 – 1 cup boiling water
  2. Stir 
  3. Let sit for approx. 5-7 mins
  4. Stir & enjoy

Rehydrating Tips:

  • Use a container with a lid to contain as much heat as possible… Have a packable insulated container? Even better. 
  • After soak time is finished, add more hot water if you find the meal dry or crunchy. 
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Hi there! I'm Bri.
I create and share nutritious and flavourful recipes for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

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