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Oatmeal haters arise and be heard
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Greg Vaillancourt
(GSV45) - F

Locale: Utah
Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/11/2007 18:59:08 MST Print View

I doubt I'm the only one here who finds this vile and disgusting glop to be unpalatable.

Who else has to seek other options for breakfast?

Here is the best recipe I've ever found for oatmeal:
1) Prepare oatmeal
2) Bury it in a deep hole
3) Be thankful you didn't actually eat that "stuff"


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/11/2007 19:56:47 MST Print View

Oh yeah, count me in. I'd rather eat a 1/4 sized dinner for breakfast ;-) Or soup and crackers. I oatmealed myself out long ago!

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/11/2007 20:57:05 MST Print View

I've never been able to choke it down. I'm apparently very sensitive to textures as there are a number of foods I can't stand because they feel weird going down. Oatmeal is definitely one of them. (Don't ask about my picky eating habits, that could be its own thread!)
Usually for breakfast I just have a Clif Bar or the like. If I'm feeling like indulging I'll bring a bagel and some PB. I don't often eat breakfast at home anymore so eating it on the trail is mostly just to keep the calorie intake up.


Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/11/2007 21:28:52 MST Print View

I actually am actually fond of oatmeal. Particularly good with chocolate chips :)


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
And chopped up Pecans on 11/11/2007 21:49:46 MST Print View


Oh yeah, I do like my oats in big soft cookies!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/11/2007 22:58:52 MST Print View

> I doubt I'm the only one here who finds this vile and disgusting glop to be unpalatable.

You have never been really cold and hungry.

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/12/2007 00:00:35 MST Print View

One of my all-time favorite foods!
I try to avoid it on the trail though, the trail has a way of turning you against your old favorites.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Irish Oatmeal on 11/12/2007 00:06:06 MST Print View

If you eat the instant American Quaker Oats stuff then of course you're going to hate it... it's not much different than shredded cardboard or papier maché. Try steel cut Irish oatmeal, (like McCann's) though, and you will really taste a difference. That's the way oatmeal is supposed to taste.

I also like to eat Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal, because it has a nuttier flavor and can be cooked in just 5 minutes (though I prefer it cooked for 20).

I have the same recoiling reaction to instant rice, potatoes, and noodles... though when you're far away from civilization and you're trying to go light you often don't have a choice.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
hot cereals on 11/12/2007 06:25:43 MST Print View

When I was writing the cookbook I made the decision that it wouldn't be one of those books where it tells you to add a dried fruit combination to instant oatmeal (so many backpacking cookbooks do that)... in fact there isn't one hot cereal recipe in the book that includes oatmeal.

I prefer things like couscous or quinoa... but Scottish/Irish oatmeal is much more palatable than the instant stuff that North Americans try to pass off as oatmeal. The rolled oats we get here (not the instant stuff) are good for bars and cookies and that's about it.

Steel cut oats are really good though - my Mom is from Auchinleck so the Scottish oatmeal was something that was a staple in our house.

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Oatmeal on 11/12/2007 13:28:38 MST Print View

I agree the instant oatmeal can be bad. You don't have to go to the full steel cut oats however for improved taste. If you get the regular oatmeal that needs to cook for 5 minutes it's way better than the instant oatmeal, both in taste and texture. Also, I find that if you add oatmeal to cold water and then boil it, it comes out kind of gooey. If you boil the water first and then add the oatmeal it comes out much better.

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: Oatmeal on 11/12/2007 13:48:21 MST Print View

you also dont even need to cook it. i don't cook it because not only am i lazy in the morning, but i think it tastes better. throw some cold water, Nido, 5 min oatmeal, and lots of your favorite sweetner (honey, fruit, sugar) you have a good lazy breakfast without too many ingredients. its similar to breakfast cereal but takes up less packspace.

not to steal the thread, but does anyone have a suggestion(s) a breakfast cereal that is low volume, cheap, and doesn't get to crummy in your pack? It would do well to replace the normal cold oatmeal which despite sweetener, is still only palatable. I would like something like cheerios, but they take lots of room and have lots of cereal dust. thanks!

J Her
(sailfast3r) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Oatmeal on 11/12/2007 14:07:34 MST Print View

I do a 50/50 mix of instant oatmeal and meusli. Sometimes add chocolate chips or a small bits from a larger bar. If the instant oatmeal is not flavored I've also added a spoon of sugar or powdered drink to the ziplock bag to help. Depending on meal selection or the planned route, I've also added a spoonful of protein powder (Soy or Whey protein, usually the vanilla flavor tastes the best)

Artificial sweetener (Equal, etc..) does not taste too good when added to oatmeal, stick with real sugar or brown sugar.

X2 on the boil water, then add oatmeal.

Another cold weather breakfast is Quick grits. Decent, good on carbs and I throw in a dab of margarine and pinch of pepper into the ziplock before heading out. Again, boil water and add the grits, then the marg will melt.

edit; On cold cereal ideas. I've done the granola with powdered milk and never had good success. I would rather eat the dry cereal and then make powdered milk seperately.

Edited by sailfast3r on 11/12/2007 14:12:07 MST.

Greg Vaillancourt
(GSV45) - F

Locale: Utah
Re: Re: Oatmeal haters arise and be heard on 11/12/2007 21:18:02 MST Print View

Roger - Big assumption on your part isn't it?

Edited by GSV45 on 11/12/2007 21:22:24 MST.

Linsey Budden

Locale: pugetropolis
RE: "Oatmeal haters arise and be heard" ? on 11/13/2007 00:51:51 MST Print View

All my life I've loved and lived off oatmeal so I can't relate, but how about granola? My recipe is fantastic, but expensive, and really stays with me when hiking.

6 cups (really thick) oatmeal (uncooked)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup soy protein (Trader Joe's is inexpensive)
1 cup powdered milk (non instant is best--non-fat or whole)
1 cup grapeseed oil
3/4 to 1 cup honey
1 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup golden raisens
1 teaspoon + salt
Stir together all ingredients except dried fruit in a large broiler pan. Bake at 275 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes and adding dried fruit for last 10 minutes of baking time. Spread out and cool, then store airtight.

Edited by lollygag on 11/13/2007 00:53:05 MST.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
oatmeal on 11/13/2007 06:26:06 MST Print View

Dave - in regards to your question about cereal that does crush. A sturdy granola is good and I find that homemade trail bars are a great way to get the cereal/grains without the fuss.

Muesli stands up really well too.

Greg Vaillancourt
(GSV45) - F

Locale: Utah
Granola, Muesli, Multi Grain Cereal, Bagles, Pop Tarts on 11/13/2007 20:23:06 MST Print View

Clif Bars, Zone Bars, left over dinner is all good.

I like Oat Bread, oatmeal cookies, Scottish oat cakes, lots grain items.

As a former USCF & NORBA bike racer I ate a lot of pasta for breakfast too. I have no problems with that to this day.

It is just Oatmeal that gets the gag response from me.

Brian Macari

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Oatmeal on 11/14/2007 06:31:51 MST Print View

It is interesting how some folks are so food centric. They seem to live for food! I go out for other things. The food is really just calories to me, mere fuel. I prefer my instant oatmeal with a tablespoon or so of hot water right in the bag. No muss no fuss. Perfection. Don't leave home without it.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Oatmeal on 11/14/2007 07:51:15 MST Print View me food is why I exercise ;-) I love the smells and taste of food. The thought of eating the same food for weeks on end is torture ;-)

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Oatmeal Recipes on 11/14/2007 10:33:10 MST Print View

With apologies to Laurie, I love the non-instant Oatmeal (Quaker cook 5 minute type) with some combination of added Trader Joes orange flavored cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, raisins, brown sugar, salt, chocolate chips. I always add powdered milk or a flavored protein powder. This can be cooked but I typically eat it with either cold or occasionally hot water added. It's chewy and with the additions and somewhat less processed oats quite flavorful.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Oatmeal Recipes on 11/14/2007 10:40:55 MST Print View

lol - my words about rolled oats might have been harsh - I ate so much of it as a poor university student so that is part of my dislike - I think it is the instant oats that I have more of an issue with

your combination sounds sort of like a muesli to me Kevin and quite delicious (I will confess that I do have a muesli recipe in my repetoire :) ) - I love the idea of the orange flavored cranberries - especially with the chocolate component and sure wish we had a TJ's up here.