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No Cook Camping Breakfast

No Cook Camping Breakfast Recipes

If you love to camp but are not a big fan of getting up to make breakfast, we’ve got some great camping breakfast ideas for you that will let you sleep in. We’re talking about no cook breakfasts: filling, delicious, nutritious, and simple dishes, no frying pan required! Because let’s face it—cooking when you are camping can be an unwelcome chore, especially in the morning. You are in a remote place with limited resources. And, seriously, you’re on vacation! So, try these fantastic no-cook camping breakfast ideas the next time you head out to the great outdoors, and fuel up the fam the easy way!


Everyone loves cereal. We all have our favorites, and it’s one of the best camping breakfasts ever! This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a phenomenal trick that allows you to enjoy cereal while you’re camping without even having to make room in your cooler for milk! (This is a handy camping breakfast idea for backpackers, too.)

  • Step One: Grab your favorite breakfast cereal. Measure out 1-1/2 cups and place into a quart-size ziplock bag. (These awesome bags by Responsible Products are perfect for camping because they are also compostable. You can simply bury them when you are done with no waste or harm to the environment.)
  • Step Two: Next, add ¼ to ½ cup of dried fruit and/or nuts to boost your nutrition (if your cereal doesn’t already contain some). Traina’s All American blend is delicious and goes well with practically everything!
No-cook cereal
  • Step Three: Now it’s time for our magical special ingredient: Powdered milk. You can use a nonfat version, but we prefer powdered whole milk for this as we find it to be a much more flavorful option. We love Anthony’s! Add 3 tablespoons to your bag (which is going to yield 1 cup of milk), plus any dry sweetener that you might normally add to your cereal, and zip it up. (Powdered milk is a sensational camping breakfast idea all by itself. You can use it as a creamer for your coffee, too.)
  • Step Four: Repeat the process for as many single-serving bags that you’d like to take with you and voila, you’re done!
When you are ready to enjoy your breakfast, all you need to do is add a cup of cold water and give your bag a shake. You can empty it into a bowl or even eat it right out of the bag. No muss, no fuss, just the perfect camping breakfast idea to start your day off right!

No Cook Overnight Steel Cut Oats

You might think you have to cook oatmeal but that’s not true at all. This no-cook camping breakfast idea uses steel-cut oats and Greek yogurt as a cold morning treat that has an incredibly addicting flavor and a wonderfully chewy texture. Steel-cut oats are even better for you than regular oats because they have more fiber and are lower on the glycemic index. (Who says healthy camping breakfasts have to be complicated?!)

Best of all, you can prepare these as many as 5 days in advance! The quantities given below are for a single serving, so multiply them to yield as many servings as you’d like to bring with you.

Overnight Steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together in a tight-lidded bowl or mason jar. Refrigerate or keep in the cooler for at least 12 hours, or up to 5 days. To serve, simply stir and enjoy.

Tip: This is fantastic topped with fresh fruit, especially bananas. Bring a few with you and you’ll always have a terrific snack on hand regardless of whether or not you want to add it to your cereal!

Breakfast Pastries, Fresh Fruit & Hard-Boiled Eggs

Okay, we’re cheating a little bit here, but breakfast pastries still count as a no-cook camping breakfast idea because you don’t have to make them yourself. Frankly, this is one of the best camping breakfast ideas for large groups, too. We like to put them out in the morning with a bowl of fresh fruit and some hard-boiled eggs. There are lots of excellent prepackaged pastry options out there to choose from, and they typically have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration. If you bring a variety, everyone is sure to find something they’ll love. Here are some of our favorites:

Otis Spunkmeyer Muffins – Individually Wrapped Variety Pack

Cloverhill Cherry and Cheese Danish – Individually wrapped 12 Pack

La Boulangere Pains Au Chocolat Chocolate Croissants – Individually Wrapped 6-Count

Entenmann’s Mini Crumb Coffee Cakes – Individually Wrapped 6 Count

Tip: If you don’t mind a little work and happen to have a camping air fryer, you could make this a super easy air fryer breakfast, too! Grab a few tubes of biscuit dough from the refrigerated case at the supermarket and bring them along. They’ll bake up great in that air fryer, and you can serve them with some butter and jam. (Yes, we know that’s not exactly a no cook camping breakfast idea, but it’s pretty close!) Also, those little individual jam packets like you get in restaurants are perfect for camping. They last a long time and don’t need to be refrigerated. Grab some here!)

Overnight Chia Pudding

If you want a no cook camping breakfast idea that is also truly delicious as well as highly nutritious, it just doesn’t get any better than chia pudding. Like our overnight oats recipe, you can make these up a few days in advance and bring them with you. We like mason jars for these too, but reusable silicone containers with lids are especially excellent for camping and you never have to worry about them breaking! The ingredients below are for one serving, so multiply as desired for the number of portions you want.

Overnight Chia-pudding
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or the milk of your choice)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Fresh fruit, for topping (optional)

Add all your ingredients together in your container except for the fruit. Mix well, then allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Then, stir again until you don’t see any lumps. Cover and store in your fridge or cooler at least overnight, and for up to 5 days.

When you are ready to eat them, top with your favorite fruit of choice if desired. (Or, for a variation on this camping breakfast idea, try a dollop of jam, some peanut butter, a sprinkle of nuts, or chocolate chips are all wonderful topping options, too. A graham cracker is also a yummy, crunchy addition—and we know you have some of those around to make smores, right?!)

The Best Camping Breakfast Ideas Are the Easiest Ones!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, camping meals don’t have to be complicated to be great. When it comes to camping food ideas no cooking is where it’s at! And when those no-cook dishes are not just simple but also easy to prep in advance and taste delicious too, we are happy campers indeed! Like this post? Here are some ideas for other meals that you can make ahead

So, the next time you go camping, have a go at some of these terrific no cook, easy camping breakfast ideas and make your meal—and your morning in general—great too!