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How To Make Oatmeal At Camp

If you know how to make oatmeal, you are all set to make a quick, nutritious camping breakfast.

A camping breakfast should be quick and easy to make, delicious, and hearty enough to fuel everyone for a full day of camping fun. Homemade oatmeal is just the thing!

homemade oatmeal in blue bowl

This recipe makes one serving, and is easily multiplied.

Oatmeal is especially nice on a cool or rainy morning!

a chilly morning

And as you know, there will be cool and rainy mornings sometimes!

How To Make Oatmeal For Camping

At home

What to pack


In food box

  • rolled oats
  • raisins (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • fresh or canned fruit (optional)

In cooler

  • milk or milk substitute (like soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk)

ingredients for homemade oatmeal

Pots and utensils

  • saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • measuring cup (1/2 cup/125 mL)
  • can opener (if using canned fruit)
  • bowls and spoons

At camp

Multiply these amounts to make enough for everyone.

To make one serving:

  • Measure 1 cup/250 mL of water into the saucepan.
  • Bring to a rolling boil.
  • Add 1/2 cup/125 mL rolled oats (and a handful of raisins and/or a pinch of cinnamon if you like).
  • Reduce heat.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Ladle into a bowl.
  • Top with any or all of the following: maple syrup or honey, milk or milk substitute, fresh or canned fruit.

homemade oatmeal in camping bowl

Once you've made this once or twice, you'll know just how long to cook the oatmeal to reach your desired consistency. Some people like their oatmeal very soft and mushy. Others like it to have a chewy texture. Experiment until you find just the right formula for your family.


  • At home, calculate how much oatmeal and raisins you will need and package just that amount - especially if you are backpacking or canoe camping and space is limited.
  • Pack a small amount of cinnamon in a tiny canister if you have one, or in a ziploc bag if you don't. You can find spice jars the size and shape of film canisters at many camping stores.
  • This recipe can be cooked on a Coleman stove or white gas stove, or even over a campfire
  • Keep a close eye on the pan, and stir regularly so that the oatmeal doesn't scorch.
  • Buy a tetrapack of milk or milk substitute. These don't need refrigeration until they are opened. Store any leftover milk in your camping fridge or cooler. If you have neither, plan to drink all of the milk with your meal.

homemade oatmeal in green bowl

Now that you know how to make oatmeal, check out the rest of my camping food ideas!

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