Camping Overnight Oats = the best breakfast recipe for those days when time is not on your side. No cooking, no mess, no fuss. Just a healthy, energy boosting breakfast that will keep you full for hours.
Got an early start? A long journey? A lengthy hike out to capture the sunrise coming over that awesome ridge? If you can’t face, or don’t have time to cook up breakfast when the dawn chorus is singing, you need to master the world of overnight oats.
For those that haven’t tried them before, overnight oats are made with porridge oats but rather than being cooked in the morning, they are left to soak, overnight. They are then eaten cold the following morning. With zero effort.
You can make them every night for the following days breakfast. Or you can make several days worth in advance (if you have a fridge or decent coolbox) then just grab them out the fridge when needed.
They are ridiculously healthy, ready to be flavoured however you want and most importantly they taste wonderful. I will admit, before trying them for the first time, I found the idea of cold porridge kinda grim. However, I’m a definite convert so if you’re the same, please try them just once!
The basis for each different version is the same: oats + chia seeds + liquid. But from there you can go all out to personalise your overnight oats however you want.
The recipe I’ve shared below is for a banana & peanut version (which is divine!) however, a quick whizz round pinterest and you’ll come up with a bazillion new flavour combos to try. How about these to get you going…
- Raspberry & dark chocolate chip
- Carrot cake
- Maple & cinnamon
- Apple pie
- Chocolate orange
- Vanilla & almond
- Pumpkin spice, and so the list goes on!
And here’s me & Myrtle (Myrtle is my beautiful campervan in case you were wondering!) showing you just how easy they are to make…
Overnight Oats Camping Recipe
- 1/2 cup porridge oats
- 1/2 cup Liquid: water, milk, orange or apple juice etc
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
Mix everything together in a plastic tub before you go to bed.
The next morning your oats will be soft and ready to eat, straight from the tub.
Add a splash more liquid if you'd like them looser, and feel free to top them with fruit, nuts seeds, honey or another spoon of peanut butter. Yum!
Edited to add: I’ve just discovered the most amazing hire company if you are planning a trip to Devon or Cornwall but don’t have your own van. O’Connors Campers are based in Okehampton, Devon and have an entire fleet of beautiful VW camper vans available to hire.
Go visit them if you fancy dipping your toes in the whole #vanlife trend. Mind you, not sure how you’d choose which van. Would I plump for an old retro split screen… or a brand shiny new California…? No clue but I’m swooning at the thought!