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7 Outdoor Breakfast Ideas For The Nature-Lover In You

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Woman enjoying an outdoor breakfast

An outdoor breakfast is the perfect way to ease into a brand-new day. Enjoy the still of the morning, indulge the nature-lover inside you, and take a few minutes to prepare your body and mind for the activities ahead by eating your a.m. meal under the sky.

In this article, we share our favorite outdoor breakfast ideas so you can fuel up for the activities ahead.

We’ll also introduce you to oatmeal on a mission and let you in on how you can be a part of our unique community effort to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.

Outdoor Breakfast Ideas

1) Tropical Fruit And Berry Smoothie

 Tropical smoothie for outdoor breakfast


  • ¼ cup of rolled oats (uncooked)
  • ½ medium banana
  • ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup of frozen mango
  • ¾ cup of frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup of frozen blueberries
  • ¾ cup of milk, water, or other liquid


  1. Measure all ingredients into a blender
  2. Mix until smooth
  3. Serve with a straw in a glass or Mason jar

2) Instant Pot Oatmeal

 Instant Pot Oatmeal with blueberries


  • ½ cup of your favorite oats
  • ½ cup of non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 cup of water (for under the trivet in the Instant Pot)


  1. Insert a trivet into the Instant Pot
  2. Pour 1 cup of cold water directly inside the inner pot of your three or six-quart Instant Pot (1.5 cups of cold water for an eight-quart Instant Pot)
  3. In a stainless steel bowl, mix the oats, water, milk, and flaxseed
  4. Place the bowl on top of the trivet and put the lid on the Instant Pot
  5. Set the valve to "Sealed" and set manual time to three minutes on high pressure
  6. After the three minutes, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before using a wooden spoon to release any additional steam out of the pot
  7. Caution! Stainless steel bowl and oatmeal will be hot
  8. With oven mitts or a towel, carefully remove the bowl from the pressure cooker
  9. Allow to cool
  10. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy this delicious outdoor breakfast

3) Steel Cut Oats Granola

 Crispy Granola


  • 6 cups of steel cut oats
  • 1 cup of coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon


  1. Melt coconut oil, coconut milk, water, and apple cider vinegar in a saucepan over low heat until combined
  2. When ingredients are mixed well, pour over steel cut oats and soak for 12 to 24 hours
  3. After soaking, preheat your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  5. In a separate bowl, mix honey, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon and add to soaked oats
  6. Mix well
  7. Spread steel cut oats granola mixture on two baking sheets
  8. Bake for four to six hours, stirring the granola every two hours
  9. Remove from the oven when slightly brown (but still slightly moist)
  10. Allow to cool on the baking pan for another hour, then store in an airtight container for your outdoor breakfast the next morning

4) Outdoor Breakfast Bars

 outdoor breakfast while camping


  • 1 ¾ cups of whole grain oats or your favorite flavor of hot cereal
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • ½ cup of pumpkin seeds


  1. Measure all ingredients into a large bowl
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and the cranberries and seeds are evenly distributed
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  4. Spread the mixture onto the cookie sheet until the oatmeal bars are as thick as you like them
  5. Cut the breakfast bars into the sizes and shapes you like (2” x 3” rectangles work well)
  6. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or until firm
  7. Remove from the cookie sheet and enjoy as an outdoor breakfast surrounded by nature

5) Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

 Carrot Cake Overnight Oats


  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy), water, or broth
  • ⅛ cup of flax, chia, or hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of grated carrot (plus more for topping)
  • ½ tablespoon of shredded coconut (plus more for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon of raisins (optional)


  1. Add rolled oats and liquid to the container of your choice (a canning jar with a lid works well)
  2. Add seeds, yogurt, and vanilla extract (all optional)
  3. Add sweetener, cinnamon, carrot, coconut, pecans, and raisins
  4. Mix until you don’t see any clumps (other than the solid ingredients)
  5. Seal or cover with a lid
  6. Place overnight oats in the refrigerator for at least two hours
  7. In the morning, top with more grated carrot and coconut
  8. Carry Mason jar outside for an outdoor breakfast that can’t be beat

6) Bite-Sized Outdoor Breakfast Balls

 Bite-Sized Outdoor Breakfast Balls


  • 1 cup of dry oats (we recommend rolled oats)
  • ¼ cup of nut butter (we like almond, but any nut butter will do)
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of dried blueberries
  • Dash of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla (optional)


  1. Measure all the ingredients into a medium mixing bowl
  2. Stir to combine well (the batter will be a bit sticky when ready)
  3. Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  4. With a spoon, scoop out about a tablespoon of the outdoor breakfast ball mixture
  5. With your hand, roll a small amount of mixture into a ball (one inch or less)
  6. Place on a plate or in a storage container
  7. Repeat with remaining mix for a total of about 14 balls
  8. Store the bite-sized balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week of delicious outdoor breakfasts

7) Chia Pudding

 chia pudding with blueberries


  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey


  1. Measure ¼ cup of chia seeds into a small bowl, glass, or Mason jar
  2. Add 1 cup of your favorite flavor of coconut milk
  3. Drizzle in ½ tablespoon of honey
  4. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight
  5. In the morning, add your favorite toppings, grab a spoon, and your outdoor breakfast is ready to go

A Hot Outdoor Breakfast In Just Minutes

 Kids enjoying an outdoor breakfast

One of the best outdoor breakfast ideas for nature-lovers is hot cereal from The Soulfull Project.

Our ready-in-just-minutes hot cereal is packed full of the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat) and the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) your body needs to function well throughout the day.

And with flavors such as Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Cinnamon Spice, Hearty Grains & Seeds, and Toasted Coconut, you’re sure to find a delicious option for everyone in your family.

Concerned about food allergies? Many of our hot cereals are vegan-friendly and gluten-free. But if nuts are an issue, try our Don’t Go Nuts soy spreads and chewy granola bars.

Whatever outdoor breakfast you choose, you’ll get a tasty and vitamin-packed meal that does your body good and gives you plenty of energy for the day ahead.

When you experience all of the flavor and health benefits that hot cereal has to offer, you’ll want to share it with the world. We’re right there with you! That’s why we created our serving-for-serving program.

For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

Pictogram of how The Soulfull Project serves the community

We’re making the world a better place, one serving at a time. You can help by including hot cereal in all your outdoor breakfast recipes.

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit today.

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