Backpacking Oatmeal

I created this recipe for a bike ride from Pittsburgh to DC. This recipe should make 2 people very full, and give you the mix of carbs and protein that you need for a long day of biking or hiking. It's quick to prepare, and effortless to cook at camp. If this meal is for 1 person, just halve the recipe when packing. If packing for a multi-day trip, use a bag for each day to simplify cooking. I use a Nalgene® bottle to measure the water.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
2 servings


  • 1 cup instant oats

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons powdered peanut butter (such as PB2®)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (1.2 ounce) package peanut butter (such as Justin's®)


  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, almonds, brown sugar, powdered peanut butter, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt in a sandwich bag before your trip.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Pour the oatmeal mixture into the pot and briefly stir. Remove from heat. Cover until water is fully absorbed, about 5 minutes. Stir in peanut butter.

Cook's Note:

Any of the Justin's(R) nut butters work well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
18g Fat
48g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 258mg 20%
Iron 14mg 76%
Potassium 340mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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