May 1, 2015 / Comments (4)

No Cook Breakfast

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Enjoying a sunrise from Bondcliff, New Hampshire’s White Mountains

If you are transitioning to a no cook backpacking meal plan, creating breakfast options that don’t require a stove can be the first step to get you there. Many hikers vary quite a bit on how they get their first meal of the day. Some like a leisurely morning at camp while others prefer to eat quickly to hit the trail early. Some even begin hiking before breakfast.

I typically eat while I look at my map and see what lies ahead for the day. Sometimes I like to get started down the trail right away, especially if it’s cold so I can warm up without having to add layers I’ll take off shortly after I begin to hike. After I’ve warmed up I’ll stop and have some breakfast. I never eat a hot breakfast during a backpacking trip as there are many quick and easy options available without a stove.

The biggest hurdle will be for coffee drinkers. I personally don’t drink coffee and know many that do at home, but simply don’t need/want it on the trail. For those that need a caffeine fix, here are a few options:

Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee – just mix with cold water. Let it sit in a a body of water to chill it more.

PocketFuel Cold Brew Coffee Engery Gel Shots– Bonus, they’re vegan!

Clif Shot Bloks– up to 50mg of caffeine per serving

Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Make a coffee infused morning milkshake- mix chocolate protein powder, Nido powder, and instant coffee in a plastic bottle. It’s just like a fancy Starbucks drink, right?

Once you’ve figured out a plan for your coffee obsession or have decided you’re a-ok without your java, you’ll find that there are many great options for stoveless breakfasts!


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Chocolate Protein Shake

  • 1000 Calorie Granola
  • Chocolate Protein Shake- Mix Carnation Instant Breakfast with some powdered whole milk, chocolate whey protein, and ground flax.
  • poptarts
  • smoothiesPackit Gourmet sells great smoothies. I plan on making my own smoothie powder in the future
  • Bars- favorites include: PROBAR, Kind, Larabar (I love the Uber variety), and Raw Revolution
  • peanut or almond butter on tortilla with honey.
  • meusli- add freeze dried fruit, nuts, and dried milk
  • dried fruit can be a great addition to breakfast
dried kiwi

dried kiwi ready for the trail!

I like to really fuel up in the morning by having a big hearty meal that provides a lot of calories to get in big miles before lunch. Breakfast is one of the best times to get in your calories as there are a lot of great options to do so. Beef up an average meal with Nido powdered milk or nuts to keep you full. Powdered fruit is easy to make and adds a lot of nutrients to your meals as well!


Do you have a favorite no-cook trail breakfast? Share it below!


Last modified: May 1, 2015

4 Responses to :
No Cook Breakfast

  1. I can’t imagine starting the day without a cup of tea, so I don’t think I’ll ever leave my Jetboil behind. When I backpack, though, I don’t otherwise cook a hot breakfast. My usual backpack breakfast is peanut butter and raisins on a soft tortilla.

    1. allison says:

      I am not a regular tea drinker so I can definitely do without. Have you ever considered transitioning to a smaller system like esbit or an alcohol stove?

  2. Well, I still cook suppers. I like the Jetboil’s design anyway. I used to use a Pocket Rocket, but it was unstable; I had to be really careful that vibrations from boiling didn’t cause the pot to tip over. That’s never a problem with Jetboil. And the weight cost was not as much as it might seem at first, since the Jetboil replaced not only the stove but also the pot.

    1. allison says:

      I totally get it, but personally can’t bring myself to bringing that whole system. It takes up a lot of pack room too.

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