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One Pot - Porridge

One of the most cost effective meals out there and super easy to do with any camping set up. This is our breakfast every single day out in the backcountry and more often than not when living out of our camper. Best of all, it's so beneficial for you and it doesn't have to be tasteless! You can add basically anything... that you choose. But maybe we'll give you some ideas before you get too adventurous.

Kitchen bench with spices and food ontop


  • Oats (rolled or steel cut) - whats the difference? Rolled oats will cook faster and are cheaper, but also require more oats per serving. Steel cut have a slight edge of the health aspect, but barely. The steel cut also provide a slightly heartier, nutty flavour, but taste is very subjective so you choose.

  • Water - 4 cups water per 1 cup steel cut oats OR 2 (or more) cups water per 1 cup rolled oats. Add too much water and usually cooking a bit longer will be just fine. For added sweetness and taste you can add in some coconut water as part or all of the water.

  • Milk -  if you want to make it more creamy (just be careful not to burn) or as an add after cooking.

What do you want to flavour your oats? Some of our combos are as follows...

  • Banana, Honey with salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

  • Coco/cacao, walnut/almond and orange, with salt. Great with greek yogurt!

  • Apple, walnut with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar.

  • Peanut butter, banana and blueberries.

  • Sultanas and almonds with salt.

On the road when away from civilisation we often use canned fruit e.g. peaches, pineapple and have even heard of people trying pumpkin puree to add some flavour.

Rolled oats soaking in a pot


  1. Are you doing a coco/cacao porridge? If so put oats in your pot and add coco/cacao bit by bit while folding oats over until they are all covered. Then proceed to adding water.

  2. Grab your pot of choice and add in oats and water. Ratio will vary depending on what type of oats you're using. Usually we'll add in more water during the cooking process, so there's no need to be exact here - just make sure the oats are at least covered.

  3. Add a salt to taste (optional). Don't over do it though, there's no going back with this one!

  4. Put pot over a medium-high heat until water starts to simmer. Then reduce heat to low-medium depending on the size of your pot.

  5. Add any other spices along the way. Does it matter when they're added? Not really. We'll usually add cinnamon and nutmeg towards the end of the cooking process.

  6. Cook oats until desired consistency. Add more water if oats need more cooking or are too firm.

  7. Stir through any sugar, nuts, peanut butter or berries (if you want to colour the porridge)

  8. Serve and garnish with slices or orange, berries, sliced nuts, or greek yogurt etc

Porridge in a bowl with cinnamon on top
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