Today I give you a simple recipe and some awesome Alaskan backcountry pictures!  When Todd and I decided to go backpacking up by where we got married last year, we knew we had a rather large stash of 1000 year old Mountain Houses and Backpacker's Pantry freeze dried meals. We dug them out only to discover that, as vegans, we couldn't eat a single one. Poo.

So, I decided to make some oatmeal for us. When I was a child, we always brought along those little, sweetened packets of oatmeal backpacking. My favorite was the Fruit and Cream type. Don't you dare give me any of those Apples and Cinnamon ones, blech! Did you know those little packets have whey in them, though? Why, Quaker!? Why???

Oh well. So if you don't want whey in your oatmeal either, here's how to make your own! I used erythritol but you can use sugar if you like. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBe sure to add freshly picked berries if you have access! This is my favorite breakfast. Bonus points if you eat it in sleeping bag, outside on top of a mountain!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packet

Inspired by Quaker Oats

Makes 1 packet

  • 1/2 cup dry instant oats
  • 2 tsp. erythritol (or sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla powder
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional, or cinnamon, etc.)
  • boiling water (amount to preference)
  • add-ins (berries, fruit, seeds, nuts, etc.)

In a small baggie/canister/bowl add all the ingredients and mix or shake well to combine. When ready to use, place in an appropriate bowl and fill with desired amount of boiling water.Voila. Done. 

Awesome Alaska Backpacking Pictures

And now on to some amazing Alaskan photos. Below you'll see some of the berries I put in my oatmeal!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsYes, it was a little late in the season, however, the blueberry situation was OBSCENE! I went bananas...obviously. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberrymania, no? It was pure joy. The Fall colors were very lovely. We don't have these colors quite yet, outside of the mountains. 

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Still a little ways to go! It was extraordinarily muddy. And here we are, finally at camp! We made it!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

This is the Official "My Backpack's Off"' pose, in case you were wondering. There's no quite feeling like it. Don't laugh.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Todd and Bob may have the whole "relaxing" thing down a bit better than I do.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

We saw a massive bear print along with scat. So that was special.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

This is what vegans bring camping when they don't plan ahead and dehydrate a meal. There is also some chocolate with candied ginger, and lemon drops too!

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Todd got a JetBoil for his birthday. What a spoiled boy!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Our furry child hauls his own goodies, of course. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

He loves us.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Family picture! We were photobombed by a blueberry...

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsWe were happy to squeeze the last backpacking trip in before the snow flies. It was 32 F when I left for work this morning, so literally, we could have snow any day now! Bring it on.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

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