Looking for camping breakfast ideas? You’ve come to the right place!
Here, we give you our favorite recipes for quick and easy — not to mention nutritious and delicious — morning meals around the fire.
We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply delicious and nutritious servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Quick And Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas
1) Overnight Oats
The nice thing about overnight oats (a.k.a. overnight oatmeal) is all you need are rolled oats and water to make a tasty camping breakfast.
Sure, you can carry in other ingredients, but for a minimalist morning meal, overnight oats can’t be beat.
Here’s the basic recipe.
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of water, broth, or milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- ⅛ cup of flax, chia, or hemp seeds (optional)
- Add rolled oats and liquid to the container of your choice (a wide-mouth water bottle or pot with a lid works well)
NOTE: Use a 1-to-1 ratio of oats to liquid to customize the overnight oats to your needs. For example, if you need less, add ½ cup of rolled oats to ½ cup of water. Keep in mind that oatmeal will swell slightly as it absorbs liquid.
- Add seeds if you like
- Mix until you don’t see any clumps
- Seal or cover with a lid
- Let sit for at least two hours (you’ll most likely whip this up before going to bed)
- In the morning, add your favorite toppings (a handful of trail mix is perfect)
Most overnight oats recipes tell you to store the mixture in the refrigerator while you sleep, but that’s just because most people use milk as their liquid. If you use water or broth, there’s no need to keep the oats cool while you sleep. Nothing in the basic recipe will spoil.
However, if you’re really concerned about the ambient temperature, seal your overnight oats in a wide-mouth water bottle (that doesn’t leak), weigh it down with a rock or two, and submerge it in the shallows of a lake or pond.
For added security, we also suggest securing the container with a rope to a nearby tree or other immovable object so you can find it again in the morning.
Depending on where you’re camping, the water in the lake or pond will be a significantly lower temperature than the air above it and will keep your overnight oats cool.
For more delicious overnight oats recipes that you can eat as a camping breakfast or at home, check out these articles from The Soulfull Project blog:
- How To Make Overnight Oatmeal In 10 Easy Steps
- Overnight Oats: Nutritional Benefits And 5 Delicious Recipes
2) Granola Camping Breakfast
Granola is one of the best camping breakfast ideas because it packs well, doesn’t require any prep or temperature control on the trail, and is super easy to eat (we eat ours straight out of the container).
Here’s a basic DIY recipe for delicious granola.
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups of raw nuts or seeds (we like pecans and chia seed)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt or ¾ cup of table salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ cup of melted coconut oil
- ½ cup of maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, salt, and cinnamon
- Stir to blend
- Measure in the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla
- Mix well until all the ingredients are lightly coated
- Pour granola onto your baking sheet and spread it evenly with a large spoon
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown
- Stir mixture halfway through
- Remove mixture from the oven and let it cool completely, undisturbed in the baking pan (at least 45 minutes)
We like to pack our granola in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag for easy transport, but you can pack it in any type of resealable container you like. If you’re not hiking to your campsite, a sturdy plastic container with a lid is perfect for sharing in the morning.
If you don’t want to spend your valuable time slaving over a hot oven before you leave — you’ve got enough to do packing and preparing for the trip — include three or four bags of The Soulfull Project’s Crispy Granola in with your gear for an easy grab-and-go camping breakfast.
For more great granola recipes to eat anytime, check out these articles from The Soulfull Project blog:
- 6 Homemade Granola Recipes For A Nutritious Breakfast
- How To Make Steel Cut Oats Granola You Can Snack On Any Time
3) No-Bake Energy Balls
No-bake energy balls are one of our favorite camping breakfasts because you can flavor them according to your own tastes and they’re super easy to eat even before you get the fire going.
The only downside is that you’ll have to prep them before you leave home and transport them to your site on foot or in your car. Good thing they’re light, pack well, and don’t require refrigeration!
- 1 ¼ cups of rolled oats
- ½ cup of nut butter (peanut butter is always a good option)
- ⅓ cup of honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons of seeds (chia, flax, or hemp)
- Measure all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Stir until ingredients are well combined
- Adjust the ingredients to get the correct texture (it should resemble a sticky dough that retains its shape when rolled)
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
- Roll the dough into balls (about one inch in diameter)
- Let sit to harden
As with our granola, we like to store these treats in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag for easy storage, transport, and sharing.
Want more no-bake energy ball recipes for trail or table? Check out these articles from The Soulfull Project blog:
- Simple No-Bake Oatmeal Bars The Whole Family Will Love
- 6 No-Bake Oatmeal Balls For A Delicious Snack Anytime
The Best Camping Breakfast Of All
If you’re looking for the quickest and easiest — and most nutritious and delicious — camping breakfast of all, look no further than The Soulfull Project hot cereal.
Our hot cereal is so good and so easy to make around the campfire in the morning that your whole family will be clamoring for a second helping — even the pickiest eaters among you.
But you don’t have to eat hot cereal by itself to experience all the flavor and benefits it has to offer. You can include hot cereal in any of the recipes on this list as a way to pack even more vitamins and minerals into your camping breakfast.
The Soulfull Project hot cereal contains oatmeal — so you’ll enjoy the health and nutrition benefits that it has to offer — as well as other hearty grains, including:
Plus, with The Soulfull Project’s hot cereals — including Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Cinnamon Spice, and Toasted Coconut — you can add delicious flavor to any recipe that calls for oatmeal.
Either way, you get a tasty and vitamin-packed camping breakfast that does your body good and gives you plenty of energy for the day ahead.
If that weren’t incentive enough, you’ll also be helping out those in need in your community. For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving of our hot cereal to a food bank in your area.
We’re making the world a better place, one serving at a time. You can help!
To get more information on the serving-for-serving program, and to check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.