Backpacking recipes: breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s particularly true when what awaits you are long miles with a heavy, as light as it can get, backpack on your shoulders, possibly into the wild, where everything gets a bit more demanding.

Unfortunately, because you have to keep your backpacking as light as possible, using the right backpacking gear and cutting down on items you’ll carry with you, you can’t really cook like it’s Sunday. At the same time, if you have the right cooking gear when backpacking and if you get ready on time, you can still eat like a king and have a great day on the trail.

These are some of Apache Pine's favorite backpacking recipes that can be done using a single pot to both cook and eat, like for example your mess tin. This is because they (almost) all imply using dehydrated food and boiling water to prepare them. Some backpackers use the same ziplock bags in which they store their food, however they are not usually intended to be used at high temperatures and could cause injuries, or break the bag even.

When it comes to coffee, of course opt for soluble options, so you won’t need to carry some extra stuff with you to make a nice cup in the morning.

So let’s give a look to these breakfast recipes for backpackers, hikers and those who experience the outdoors in general.


Quantities for approximately 6 pancakes:

  • 1 cup of biscuit mix
  • 1 Tbsp of dry milk
  • 1 Tbsp of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of squeeze margarine or vegetable oil

When at home, mix all dry ingredients together and, if you opt for some vegetable oil, pour it in a separate container, so it won’t ruin your preparation. 

When the time comes to cook your pancakes, then add water and margarine (or vegetable oil) to the dehydrated mix. Stir it to remove all lumps and air, until the mixture is smooth and uniform. Then pour some onto your hot pan (the lid of your mess tin will do), and cook on one side until bubbles start popping. Then flip it until it becomes all golden brown.

THE breakfast

Quantities for one serving

  • 3/4 cup of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of freeze-dried eggs and bacon
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of dry milk

You can choose to combine all three ingredients in a single bag or to keep them separate. Regardless, you’ll have to cook everything together. Add hot water to the mix (as hot as you can) and stir the preparation until it becomes uniform. Let it sit for a few minutes. If you want, you can add some cheese to make it more tasty and nutritious. 


For those who love their nice and tasty oatmeal in the morning, here are the ingredients for one serving:

  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of powdered dried bananas
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
  • Dried red fruits (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag. When the time for breakfast comes, boil 4 cups of water in your pot. Then add the bag content to the pot and stir to eliminate lumps. Then boil again. Set aside and wait until it’s cold. 

Oatmeal can be varied in many different ways. You can add slivered almonds or dried cherries. You can add some powdered milk. You can also opt for some dried plums, especially if you have problems with regularity, or some coconut powder. You can add nuts, berries and anything else you can dehydrate or bring with you in the shape of a powder. Of course, the more you add, the more water you’ll need.

Other ideas

Creativeness can help a big deal when it comes to backpacking recipes. So many things can be dehydrated or turned into a powder that the choice can be quite amusing too. A good thing is to vary your diet as much as possible. When it comes to long times in the outdoors, always remember that water is the most important ingredient and it will be incredibly vital when cooking. Therefore, besides taking a water filter with you, opt for some super-hydrating products when it comes to drinking and keep the water for cooking, unless you are 100% sure you are going to have multiple chances to refill your bottles.

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