Warm Backpacking Breakfast Ideas for Cold Mornings

Warm Backpacking Breakfast Ideas for Cold Mornings

When preparing your backpacking or hiking trip in cold weather you need to re-think your food planning. Due to lower temperatures, higher gear and pack weight as well as more demanding trail conditions your body will require more energy to keep you going.

Eating nutritional foods will keep you warm and energized and there is nothing better than to start a day with a properly balanced, warm backpacking breakfast.

Warm Backpacking Breakfast – How to plan

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In cold conditions warm breakfast is a great thing however you need to remember that preparing it may take a little more time. That’s why you should plan your backpacking breakfasts to be nutritious and simple. They should be packed with calories and easy to prepare to get you moving as soon as possible.

Your perfect breakfast should contain a nice, balanced mixture of:

– complex carbs ( cereal, rice, pasta, dried fruits, beans )
– fats ( nuts, seeds, chocolate, cheese, eggs, butter )
– protein ( quinoa, soy, seeds, beans/legumes )
– and a small amount of simple carbs ( sugar, candy )

Simple carbs will give you a quick start and complex carbs, fats and protein will be metabolized slower providing you a stable levels of energy.

Tips for preparing warm breakfasts on the trail:

Warm Backpacking Breakfast Ideas for Cold Mornings

Lining your cup with freezer bag will save you cleaning hustle

– Line your cup with a freezer ziploc baggie – that way you will avoid cleaning your cup from the rests of your gooey power breakfast. Before you go on the trail make sure to test if the bags you’re using will survive hot water.

– Get yourself a pot cozy – it will ensure that your breakfast stays warm when you hydrate it. It also keeps warm temperature of your food when eating. You can make one by yourself or buy a ready one. Below a really nice video on how to make a cozy yourself – it’s suuuper easy:

How to Make a Reflectix Pot Cozy for your Ultralight Cook Pot

How to make an ultralight Cook Pot Cozy using Reflectix for backpacking and camping. http://www.sintax77.com A simple, lightweight, and inexpensive way to insulate your cook pot, and save your hands from burns. Great for cooking dehydrated meals and keeping food & beverages hot longer when you’re out in the wilderness.

– Label your food baggies – so that you know what you’re eating ;) and state the amount of water you need to add to your mix.

What stove to choose?

Warm Backpacking Breakfast Ideas for Cold Mornings

Gas stove and pot cozy will ensure you’re getting warm breakfast

For preparing warm breakfasts I would recommend bringing a gas stove with you. While preparing oatmeal does not require simmering some other recipes might do. Also using a gas stove will make a preparation time shorter which is valuable during cold mornings.

In really cold weather remember to keep your gas container in a relatively warm place – cold gas won’t perform good.

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Warm Backpacking Breakfast – Recipes

Amazing Blueberry Quinoa

Power Scramble Breakfast

Apple Pie Rice

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Banana Chocolate Groatmeal

Red Couscous Fruit Bomb

Fresh Punch Oatmeal

Nut’n’Seed Oatmeal

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There we have it seven great, warm backpacking breakfast recipes to power your next adventure. You can use them to make your weekly meal planning and keep your food nice and diverse.

OVER TO YOU – WHAT is your favorite backpacking breakfast? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS, TWEET ME OR WRITE ME ON FACEBOOK!

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2 comments… add one
  • Austin Mollins Jan 26, 2017, 2:50 am

    Hey thank you for this info! I am doing the west coast trail and this is a perfect selections of light weight breakfasts!
    Healthy, hearty, and yummy! :)

    • Trail Maiden Jan 31, 2017, 5:22 pm

      Hi Austin,

      Glad you like the recipes, they really taste great :) All the best for your west coast adventure! :)

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