Nov 11, 2007 at 5:59 pm #1225781
I doubt I'm the only one here who finds this vile and disgusting glop to be unpalatable.
Who else has to seek other options for breakfast?
Here is the best recipe I've ever found for oatmeal:
1) Prepare oatmeal
2) Bury it in a deep hole
3) Be thankful you didn't actually eat that "stuff"
:)Nov 11, 2007 at 6:56 pm #1408708
Oh yeah, count me in. I'd rather eat a 1/4 sized dinner for breakfast ;-) Or soup and crackers. I oatmealed myself out long ago!Nov 11, 2007 at 7:57 pm #1408714
@aroth87Locale: Missouri Ozarks
I've never been able to choke it down. I'm apparently very sensitive to textures as there are a number of foods I can't stand because they feel weird going down. Oatmeal is definitely one of them. (Don't ask about my picky eating habits, that could be its own thread!)
Usually for breakfast I just have a Clif Bar or the like. If I'm feeling like indulging I'll bring a bagel and some PB. I don't often eat breakfast at home anymore so eating it on the trail is mostly just to keep the calorie intake up.
AdamNov 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm #1408717
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I actually am actually fond of oatmeal. Particularly good with chocolate chips :)
–markNov 11, 2007 at 8:49 pm #1408720
Oh yeah, I do like my oats in big soft cookies!Nov 11, 2007 at 9:58 pm #1408723
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I doubt I'm the only one here who finds this vile and disgusting glop to be unpalatable.
You have never been really cold and hungry.Nov 11, 2007 at 11:00 pm #1408725
@maynard76Locale: New England
One of my all-time favorite foods!
I try to avoid it on the trail though, the trail has a way of turning you against your old favorites.Nov 11, 2007 at 11:06 pm #1408727
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
If you eat the instant American Quaker Oats stuff then of course you're going to hate it… it's not much different than shredded cardboard or papier maché. Try steel cut Irish oatmeal, (like McCann's) though, and you will really taste a difference. That's the way oatmeal is supposed to taste.
I also like to eat Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal, because it has a nuttier flavor and can be cooked in just 5 minutes (though I prefer it cooked for 20).
I have the same recoiling reaction to instant rice, potatoes, and noodles… though when you're far away from civilization and you're trying to go light you often don't have a choice.Nov 12, 2007 at 5:25 am #1408732
When I was writing the cookbook I made the decision that it wouldn't be one of those books where it tells you to add a dried fruit combination to instant oatmeal (so many backpacking cookbooks do that)… in fact there isn't one hot cereal recipe in the book that includes oatmeal.
I prefer things like couscous or quinoa… but Scottish/Irish oatmeal is much more palatable than the instant stuff that North Americans try to pass off as oatmeal. The rolled oats we get here (not the instant stuff) are good for bars and cookies and that's about it.
Steel cut oats are really good though – my Mom is from Auchinleck so the Scottish oatmeal was something that was a staple in our house.Nov 12, 2007 at 12:28 pm #1408762
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
I agree the instant oatmeal can be bad. You don't have to go to the full steel cut oats however for improved taste. If you get the regular oatmeal that needs to cook for 5 minutes it's way better than the instant oatmeal, both in taste and texture. Also, I find that if you add oatmeal to cold water and then boil it, it comes out kind of gooey. If you boil the water first and then add the oatmeal it comes out much better.Nov 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm #1408765
you also dont even need to cook it. i don't cook it because not only am i lazy in the morning, but i think it tastes better. throw some cold water, Nido, 5 min oatmeal, and lots of your favorite sweetner (honey, fruit, sugar) you have a good lazy breakfast without too many ingredients. its similar to breakfast cereal but takes up less packspace.
not to steal the thread, but does anyone have a suggestion(s) a breakfast cereal that is low volume, cheap, and doesn't get to crummy in your pack? It would do well to replace the normal cold oatmeal which despite sweetener, is still only palatable. I would like something like cheerios, but they take lots of room and have lots of cereal dust. thanks!Nov 12, 2007 at 1:07 pm #1408774
I do a 50/50 mix of instant oatmeal and meusli. Sometimes add chocolate chips or a small bits from a larger bar. If the instant oatmeal is not flavored I've also added a spoon of sugar or powdered drink to the ziplock bag to help. Depending on meal selection or the planned route, I've also added a spoonful of protein powder (Soy or Whey protein, usually the vanilla flavor tastes the best)
Artificial sweetener (Equal, etc..) does not taste too good when added to oatmeal, stick with real sugar or brown sugar.
X2 on the boil water, then add oatmeal.
Another cold weather breakfast is Quick grits. Decent, good on carbs and I throw in a dab of margarine and pinch of pepper into the ziplock before heading out. Again, boil water and add the grits, then the marg will melt.
edit; On cold cereal ideas. I've done the granola with powdered milk and never had good success. I would rather eat the dry cereal and then make powdered milk seperately.Nov 12, 2007 at 8:18 pm #1408833
Roger – Big assumption on your part isn't it?Nov 12, 2007 at 11:51 pm #1408851
All my life I've loved and lived off oatmeal so I can't relate, but how about granola? My recipe is fantastic, but expensive, and really stays with me when hiking.
6 cups (really thick) oatmeal (uncooked)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup soy protein (Trader Joe's is inexpensive)
1 cup powdered milk (non instant is best–non-fat or whole)
1 cup grapeseed oil
3/4 to 1 cup honey
1 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup golden raisens
1 teaspoon + salt
Stir together all ingredients except dried fruit in a large broiler pan. Bake at 275 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes and adding dried fruit for last 10 minutes of baking time. Spread out and cool, then store airtight.Nov 13, 2007 at 5:26 am #1408862
Dave – in regards to your question about cereal that does crush. A sturdy granola is good and I find that homemade trail bars are a great way to get the cereal/grains without the fuss.
Muesli stands up really well too.Nov 13, 2007 at 7:23 pm #1408978
Clif Bars, Zone Bars, left over dinner is all good.
I like Oat Bread, oatmeal cookies, Scottish oat cakes, lots grain items.
As a former USCF & NORBA bike racer I ate a lot of pasta for breakfast too. I have no problems with that to this day.
It is just Oatmeal that gets the gag response from me.Nov 14, 2007 at 5:31 am #1409011
It is interesting how some folks are so food centric. They seem to live for food! I go out for other things. The food is really just calories to me, mere fuel. I prefer my instant oatmeal with a tablespoon or so of hot water right in the bag. No muss no fuss. Perfection. Don't leave home without it.Nov 14, 2007 at 6:51 am #1409026
Brian….to me food is why I exercise ;-)Nov 14, 2007 at 9:33 am #1409052
@ksawchukLocale: Northern California
With apologies to Laurie, I love the non-instant Oatmeal (Quaker cook 5 minute type) with some combination of added Trader Joes orange flavored cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, brown sugar, salt, chocolate chips. I always add powdered milk or a flavored protein powder. This can be cooked but I typically eat it with either cold or occasionally hot water added. It's chewy and with the additions and somewhat less processed oats quite flavorful.Nov 14, 2007 at 9:40 am #1409053
lol – my words about rolled oats might have been harsh – I ate so much of it as a poor university student so that is part of my dislike – I think it is the instant oats that I have more of an issue with
your combination sounds sort of like a muesli to me Kevin and quite delicious (I will confess that I do have a muesli recipe in my repetoire :) ) – I love the idea of the orange flavored cranberries – especially with the chocolate component and sure wish we had a TJ's up here.Nov 14, 2007 at 10:07 am #1409059
Ocean Spray makes a couple flavors of Craisins, one of which is orange.
Btw, for those with TJ's down the road, they are selling organic dried cranberries now.Nov 14, 2007 at 11:31 am #1409073
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
I got the idea to use the coconut cream powder from your website. That stuff is great. I'm not a milk drinker and find the coconut cream powder is a good substitute. Sometimes I add it to hot oatmeal.
Sometimes I even add it to uncooked (5 minute) oatmeal or muesli mix with some cold water and let it soak a bit. It's surprisingly good.Nov 14, 2007 at 11:48 am #1409078
@freeradicalLocale: Central TX
Something I tried this summer many times, and an appealing alternative to good old granola, is Hudson Bay Bread. Many different recipes available online. This stuff is definitely not bread–the stuff I eventually was preparing for myself after trial and error through the summer was basically just a bunch of trail mix type things baked into a buttered, honeyed, peanut-buttery BRICK. Full of protein, fat, and sugar. Very dense, not recommended to digest without water . . . but then, if you want to go light that's generally a good thing.Nov 14, 2007 at 11:53 am #1409079
Last summer when my friend Mike was off doing a solo trip in Alaska, I met him at the airport in Seattle (he had a 24 hour layover from CO) and plied him with a couple packs of coconut cream powder on the way there. When he got back he said that he loved the stuff. He hadn't realized how much fat he burns through, and that the ccp went with so many meals (savory or sweet). 9 grams of fat per serving is why I love the stuff!
It honestly can make oatmeal edible to me!Nov 29, 2007 at 8:13 am #1410630
@mikeclellandLocale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Hey, why so harsh? I love the stuff!
Below is an excerpt from an article (on this site) titled GROOVY-BIOTIC COOKING
My nutritional guru, Mary (Howley) Ryan, has this to say about oatmeal: “Oatmeal shouldn’t be underestimated as a source of protein. One half cup of cooked oatmeal has 6 grams of protein, an egg has 7 grams. The egg is a complete protein, and the oats require some other amino acids, and much of these can be achieved with the addition of nuts and fruit in the oatmeal mix.”
3 cups rolled oats (or spelt flakes)
1 cup chopped almonds (I use a food processor to chop all the nuts)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tiny splash of almond extract
pinch of salt
Put all the dry ingredients in a big mixing bowl and stir it up. Then add the only wet ingredients (the almond and vanilla extract) and stir it into the mix. All done!
Often, I’ll go through my kitchen and add other things that I may have around. Things like granola, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, etc. For non-vegans, add powdered milk.
This mix can be eaten cold with cold water (nice while on the trail) or hot on a chilly morning. Put some in a mug, add a little water, let it sit for a few minutes to soften up the oats – and EAT!
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