Breakfast Idea / Easy, simple, and tasty oatmeal packets

I'm a simple gal. A hassle-free one, really. Backcountry meals really brings that out in me. So when I found this recipe for homemade instant oatmeal packets, I was sold! It's perfect for simple, nourishing backpacking breakfasts with (this is key) VARIETY!

I tried the exact recipe from the website and found that I wanted more milkiness, sweetener and flavor, so altered it to suit my palette. The best part of these recipes is that you can get really creative and mix & match flavors and make it what you want it to be. Here's my version of The Yummy Life's recipe:

Ingredients for oatmeal base

  • Small snack-size ziploc bag
  • 1/3 c instant or quick rolled oats
  • 2 tsp oat bran
  • 3 Tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


Ideas for Flavor Combos

  • Apricot-Ginger: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
  • Apricot-Almond-Coconut: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Ginger-Almond-Coconut: 1 Tbsp chopped crystallized ginger + 1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Almond-Coconut:  1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Banana-Apricot: 3 Tbsp freeze-dried bananas + 1 Tbsp chopped apricot
  • Strawberry/Banana-Coconut: 3 Tbsp of freeze-dried strawberry/banana mix + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Flax-Coconut-Almond: 1 tsp ground flax seeds + 1 Tbsp of coconut + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Chia-Coconut-Almond: 1/2 tsp chia + 1 Tbsp of coconut + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Blueberry-Banana-Almond: 2 Tbsp freeze-dried blueberries + 3 Tbsp freeze-dried bananas + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Apricot-Walnut: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts


  1. Open up all the small snack bags
  2. Go through and systematically go through one ingredient at a time: oatmeal, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and then salt
  3. Chop up your preferred toppings (i.e. I chop the ginger, apricots, walnuts, macadamia into small pieces and don't worry about the freeze dried fruits because they'll get kinda crushed in your pack anyway.) 
  4. Add your toppings to each ziploc snack bag
  5. Seal up and label with the flavor + "Add 3/4c H2O" so you don't forget how much water to add. 


  1. HOT: Put in your cup, add 3/4c-1c of water, stir and eat.
  2. NO COOK: Put in a ziploc bag (slightly larger) OR a ziploc twist n' lock, add water and let it sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning, breakfast is served. 

Chef's notes

  • I buy almost all the products from the bulk section at our local grocery store, so I just use what's available there. But if you don't have a natural food store in your hood, you can get any of the toppings online. Check out the variety!
  • You can make this however you want. You really can't go wrong.


PROTIP: Just take one cup to eat and drink out of. Less mess, less cleaning. Simple! 

Have a suggestion for an awesome oatmeal combo? Tell me in the comments below.