One Pot Meals · Trail Cooking · Vegetarian

Forbidden Oats

Why the scandalizing title? ‘Cause at home I can’t have any nuts anymore, due to our youngest son’s severe peanut and tree nut allergies 🙁 But lets just say I am out hiking and/or backpacking? Without my youngest? It is open season on how much I can indulge in. I was inspired for this recipe by a recent shopping spree at Minimus, and a hearty breakfast just sounded great. While one can make this FBC friendly with instant oats, honestly? We were enjoying our morning and I saw no reason to rush on Sunday. I was child-free. For the first time in nearly 4 years. Miles out, in the back country. You think I was going to rush my breakfast? 😉



No way, I was going to enjoy my sunny morning and actually cook. I sat at our picnic table (hehehe) and listened to the birds, while pelting the chipmunk with mini pinecones so it would leave me alone…..apparently my breakfast was just what it craved 😛



Me and my friend Dani, about to break camp after breakfast! Dani is who sews our FBC Cozies btw!



This breakfast is actually pretty similar to what Kirk and I eat most mornings at home, although now we use sunflower butter and seeds instead of nuts. The Earth Balance packet you see? It is the most delicious coconut peanut butter. Can one find the packets? Not so sure. I got mine at a conference for vegan and plant-based diet bloggers recently. I am pestering them for you though 😉 You can use any brand you prefer, Justin’s is also good.




Ultimate Nut Oats

In a snack bag:

  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats (1-minute)
  • ¼ cup dry milk (dairy or non-dairy for vegan)

Also take:


Add 1 cup water, oat bag contents, peanut butter, brown sugar and dried fruit to a small pot, preferably hard anodized aluminum or non-stick. Bring to a boil over a medium flame on your stove, stirring constantly  Lower heat to a whisper of a flame, cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add nuts and enjoy.

FBC Method notes:

Use plain instant oats, add everything but nuts into a quart freezer bag, stir and let sit for a few minutes. Top with nuts.


Why all the single serving packets? Freshness really! Nuts stay crisp, fruit stays chewy/soft, sugar stays soft and so on. Could you just do it all from scratch? Sure! Your call!

Serves 1.