Usually, you would want to travel as light as you possibly can. One of the heaviest things you’ll cary around with you is (besides water and beer) is your food. Dried meals can be real weightsavers: just add some boiling water, stir a little and you’re done. Because I have a lot of oatmeal for breakfast in my daily routine, here’s a recipe for the early hours on the trail: dried oatmeal with bananas and peanut butter.
Aren’t oats already dry?
Why dry something that is allready dry? Well, oats are indeed very dry, so you can just take them with you on your journey right out of the box. But if you want to enjoy your breakfast in the wild, then taste is something to consider.
I prepare my oatmeal with milk, bananas and peanut butter. Hugely nutritious and much better-tasting than oats with water. So what I do is this: I prepare my oatmeal, and then dry it all over again. Only this time it’s tasty. This recipe is for one person.
- food dehydrator
- oats (75 gram)
- 1 banana
- 1 el peanut butter
- 4 dl milk
This is what you do:
Mash up the banana and heat it with the rest of the ingredients to a tasty oatmeal you would be happy to eat. Smear it out over the racks of the food dehydrator with sheets of greaseproof paper. Protip: fold the paper a couple of times and then puncture it with a sauté-pen a couple of times. The more you fold it, the less holes you
need to make. This will allow the hot air to reach the bottom of the oatmeal, shortening the drying time.
Set the dehydrator at 65 degrees celcius of 150 degrees farhenheit. Let it run for about 6 hours. Get the oatmeal out of the machine. It should be hardened sheets by now, with a
soft interior. Blend it in a food processor or chop it up with a knife. Put those smaller pieces of half-dried oatmeal back on the racks and put it back in the dehydrator for another 4 hours. It should be dry by now. If it isn’t: that’s ok. Just put it back in. If it is: fill up some freezer bags with your dried oatmeal.
Heating up the dried oatmeal
Just add boiling water to the oatmeal in the freezer bag (mind the bag: you need to hold it, or it will topple over). Close the bag and massage the food from outside of the bag.Let is sit for about ten minutes. After that: open up and bon apetit!
A delicious breakfast for at a campsite, on the trail or in your prepping basement. It’s a very nutritious breakfast weighing 130 grams, and practically cost-free.
What do you eat on the trail? What tastes great, but weighs practically nothing? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!