Spring is finally here. That means warmer weather and beautiful hiking opportunities! We know you’re ready for some new adventures, like backpacking through the Redwood Forest or hiking the rocky trails of the Grand Canyon, so we’ve curated a list of some quick, easy, and energizing power hiking breakfast recipes that are sure to get you pumped in the morning. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or to a waterfall, these power hiking breakfast recipes are a fast and simple fix to start off your outdoor morning routine.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Oatmeal has always been a traditionally simple, yummy, and nutritional breakfast. This recipe adds peanut butter for some extra protein, flavor, and crunch to get your day started. It takes only a small amount of ingredients and preparation, and has over 13 grams of protein in one serving. Just remember that you need hot water for this hiking breakfast recipe, as well as a bowl or jar that can withstand some hot, delicious oatmeal.
- 1/3 Cup of quick-cooking oats
- ½ Cup of water
- 2 Tbsp full cream milk powder
- 2 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 Oz. peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp crunchy nut granola
- 1 banana
First, mix the quick-cooking oats, full cream milk powder, and cinnamon in a resealable jar while you’re at home. Pack the remaining ingredients separately to be added the morning of your hike. Once you’re on the trail, boil the ½ cup of water. Pour the hot water into the mason jar. Cover the jar and let stand for one minute. Then, stir in the peanut butter. Thinly slice the banana and add the slices on top of the oatmeal. Sprinkle the crunchy nut granola on top. Feel free to add blueberries, chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit on top of your granola, too. Sounds yummy, right?
Raspberry Peach Smoothie
This delightful fruit smoothie is a lighter breakfast option that is still jam-packed with flavor, 7 grams of protein, and 9 grams of dietary fiber. It requires almost no prep time and can be enjoyed at your campsite or on-the-go. You won’t even need to keep anything warm or refrigerated while you’re out exploring nature!
- 15 Grams of freeze-dried diced peaches, powdered
- 2/3 Cup of water
- 2 Tbsp raspberry powder
- 2 Tbspfull cream milk powder
- 1 Tbsp oat flour
At home, you can combine all the ingredients into a resealable drinking thermos or bottle. Before you start your hike, add the water to the bottle and shake well. Let the smoothie stand for at least five minutes to let the ingredients rehydrate. Then, shake again and drink up!
While this power hiking breakfast recipe requires a little more gear and cooking at the campsite, you’ll be starting your morning off right with this delicious, hearty chorizo frittata. It contains over 30 grams of protein, less than 500 calories, and it’s perfect before a long day of endless trails or uphill trekking. You can also add any extra vegetables or herbs to our recipe!
- 6 Tbsps powdered eggs
- 1 Tbsp full cream milk powder
- 2 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ Tsp oregano
- ¾ Cup water
- 1 Tbsp freeze-dried grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Onion
- 20 Grams of chorizo
- 1 Heirloom tomato
- 1 Tbsp butter or oil for frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
Before you head out of the house, mix the powdered eggs, full cream milk powder, sun dried tomatoes, and oregano in a zip-lock bag. Pack the rest of the ingredients separately. Once you’re on the trail, add the water to the zip-lock bag mixture and beat well with a fork. Add the salt and pepper to taste before setting the bag aside. Next, slice the chorizo and chop the onions. Melt the butter in a frying pan before adding the chorizo and onions. Cook until the onions are soft and then fold over the egg mixture. Cover everything with a lid and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the center of the frittata is set. Slice or chop the heirloom tomato. Lastly, remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle the frittata with the tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Take a bite of your mouthwatering breakfast!
No-Bake Nutty Granola Bars
You won’t believe this 4-step recipe that requires no baking and produces 12 delicious granola bars! The granola bars are prepared at home, but will definitely be worth it out on the trail. You can eat a couple for breakfast and keep some for a snack throughout the day, too. They have 10 grams of protein each and are sure to give you the energy boost you need before a long hike. As far as power hiking breakfast recipes go, this one will last you all day.
Servings: 12 bars
- 2 Cups of rolled oats
- 1 ¼ Cups of chunky natural peanut butter
- 1 Cup of ground flaxseed
- ¾ Cup of honey or agave nectar
- ¾ Cup of dried cranberries
- ½ Cup of chocolate chips (if desired)
- ¼ Cup of sliced almonds
First, stir all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then, press the mixture into a non-stick 9 x 11 inch baking dish, using the back of a spatula to press the mixture into a flat, even layer. Refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, preferably overnight. In the morning, cut the mixture into 12 bars and wrap each granola bar individually in plastic wrap for storage. The granola bars are easy to pack and share, but after one bite, you’ll realize you want them all for yourself!
Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes
You can’t go wrong with pancakes for breakfast, and these oatmeal pancakes are packed with 11 grams of protein, less than 500 calories, and are easy to make at your campsite. The pancakes taste great and don’t require any frozen or complicated ingredients. You can fry them up quickly, eat them even faster, and clean up in no time!
- ¼ Cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ Cup oat flour
- ½ Cup water
- ¼ Tsp baking powder
- 1 Tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsps butter or oil for frying
At home, mix all of the dry ingredients together in a zip-lock bag, not including the water and butter. Pack the two remaining ingredients separately. At the campsite, add the ½ cup of water to the bag mixture and stir until smooth. Close the bag and let stand for five minutes. Next, melt the butter into a frying pan over medium-low heat. Carefully cut off one corner of the bag with the pancake mixture and squeeze about 1 ½ tablespoons of batter into the pan. Leave the pancake on one side until slightly browned, then flip and cook until the other side is also slightly browned. Repeat for each pancake. Top with butter, syrup, or fruit on top if desired. Enjoy your delicious pancake breakfast.
Making an energizing breakfast doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. From oatmeal and smoothies to frittatas and pancakes, there are power hiking breakfast recipes out there for everyone. Each recipe can be altered to cater to the flavors and ingredients you love, as well as eaten for breakfast on any day you need a little energy boost or some extra protein. There are so many easy camping recipes out there. As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!