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Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
Carrot Cake Oatmeal - Something a little different on 08/13/2008 11:53:44 MDT Print View

Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Serves 1

1 packet plain instant oatmeal (the good kind)
1 1/2 tablespoons dried carrots
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon brown sugar (or more, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

At home: combine all of the dry ingredients in a zip locking plastic bag.

In camp: Add 2/3 cup boiling water to oatmeal (or more if you like a thinner cereal.)

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
oatmeal on 08/13/2008 16:32:32 MDT Print View

So, Dicentra, what do you consider the "good kind".

Linsey Budden
(lollygag)

Locale: pugetropolis
oatmeal on 08/13/2008 16:59:59 MDT Print View

MMM Scottish Oatmeal...We've cooked it on the trail and it takes forever. Lately our mix is walnuts, peanut butter, unsweetened coconut, and soy milk. It's high time to experiment with dehydrating that breakfast up.

Edited by lollygag on 08/13/2008 17:01:13 MDT.

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
"good" oatmeal on 08/13/2008 17:06:26 MDT Print View

Nature's Path Organics is a good brand. No added anything. (except a little salt)
http://www.naturespath.com/products/hot_cereals

Or you can make your own instant oatmeal. I think Sarbar has a recipe for that on her site.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Scottish Oatmeal on 08/13/2008 18:29:59 MDT Print View

Linsey,

I adore Scottish Oatmeal and it is very nutritious.... sad that it takes so long to cook on the trail. I'm doing some overnight soaking experiments when I am on a trip later next week so I will let you know if it actually works.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: "good" oatmeal on 08/13/2008 21:52:54 MDT Print View

Di, I do! You can easily whirl quick cook oats in your blender to make 'instant'.

I also would give a shout for the Safeway Organics instant oatmeal. It is very low in sodium as well.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Linsey.... on 08/13/2008 21:59:38 MDT Print View

I know Di won't hate me if I squat on her thread ;-)

I think I posted this one back in the past.....it has coconut in it along with coconut cream powder. If one uses homemade instant oats, use 1/2 cup.

Sarah's Fattening Coconut Berry Oatmeal

In a pint freezer bag put:
2 packets instant plain oatmeal (1/2 cup dry)
2 Tbsp coconut cream powder
2 Tbsp diced dried fruit blend (Whatever you like)
1 Tbsp natural coconut
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Add 1 cup near boiling water and stir well. Let sit for a couple minutes till cool enough to eat.
Serves 1.

~Sarah

Linsey Budden
(lollygag)

Locale: pugetropolis
Sarah's Fattening Coconut Berry Oatmeal on 08/13/2008 22:50:02 MDT Print View

Sarah, Wow, that sounds really good and I have coconut powder so I'll certainly give it a try.

Laurie, Once I tried soaking them, it came out gummy and still needed lots of time to cook. Somehow I'm confident you'll have much better luck.

Dicentra, Let me confess that at first, I thought carrots? The more I thought about it, Carrot Cake Oatmeal sounds like a winning combo.

Years ago (at home, before I hiked), I used to add dried cherries and chocolate chunks and sometimes even ice cream.

Edited by lollygag on 08/13/2008 22:50:54 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
gummy on 08/14/2008 02:01:50 MDT Print View

well Linsey - I thought I'd try it right after I posted (always better to try before a trip) and I just opened the container now... lol... gummy is probably the perfect word.

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
"The good kind" on 08/14/2008 03:06:31 MDT Print View

Errr... the good kind of oatmeal is the non-instant variety...

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Sarah's Fattening Coconut Berry Oatmeal on 08/14/2008 04:32:00 MDT Print View

What brand is the coconut cream powder? I'd like to find it in powder form. I've only used the cream. That recipe looks like it would be a great source of energy to start the day. The carbs from the oatmeal is a good start. Everything else is a bonus. To top off the tank, the coconut cream I use is about 20g of fat per ounce. Is the powder form any less?
My oatmeal breakfast is basically whatever is in the pack, but I like adding dry milk or coconut cream, dried cherries or blueberries, a pinch of raw brown sugar, and some nuts (pecans, almonds, macadamia or walnuts).

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Coconut Cream Powder on 08/14/2008 07:33:43 MDT Print View

Christopher, there are a number of brands out there - from Thailand and Indonesia to choose from. The pouches are 1.76 to 2 ounces, each is technically 3 servings. Usually a pouch of powder is 27 grams of fat (based on 1.76 ounces) so yes, it is very high fat! A little goes a long way.

I like the Kara brand as well as Chao Thai. Chaokoh is good also!

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
other brands on 08/14/2008 07:55:13 MDT Print View

The Safeway brand is a good one. Fred Meyers has a store brand too. I think most stores do. You just have to read the labels to make sure there is no "junk" in there.

Yes, the non-instant kind is better, but not exactly trail do-able. At least not very quickly. I want my breakfast and I want it NOW! lol.

You'd eat a carrot-cake muffin for breakfast, right? So why not take those ingredients, and reshape them into an instant cereal for the trail! lol.

That coconut berry recipe looks good, Sarah! I think I'd like to try it with couscous. :)

victoria maki
(clt1953) - F

Locale: northern minnesota
re:oatmeal on 08/14/2008 08:39:02 MDT Print View

they actually have instant scottich oats. i like them better than reg. oats. can't remember brand. you can get them at the health nut store. fiber is the same as reg. oatmeal...

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
scottish instant oatmeal on 08/14/2008 10:08:26 MDT Print View

thanks for telling me about that - I'll have to keep an eye out for it even though I rarely use oatmeal on the trail

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Oatmeal sizes on 08/14/2008 12:53:42 MDT Print View

I always thought the only difference among regular, minute, and instant oatmeal was the size of the flakes. Is that true, any of you oatmeal experts? If so, then a slow-cooking oatmeal, such as Scottish Oats, might speed up without getting gummy if the flakes were made smaller, such as in a blender. Anyone know?

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Coconut Cream Powder on 08/14/2008 16:15:54 MDT Print View

Chaokoh it is! "Coconut milk powder"... Slightly less fat at 19g per 30g serving. Powder will be soooo much less mess and smell than my goopy cream in a cardboard box. I never even knew it came in powder. Yay @ international grocery. I just found some other goodies too. Backcountry cooking is looking up. Thanks for the tip!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Coconut Cream Powder on 08/14/2008 17:36:17 MDT Print View

Yay! Glad you found it :-) I use it in lots of stuff - curries, rice dishes, pasta, breakfast, hot drinks...well, you get the idea!

Linsey Budden
(lollygag)

Locale: pugetropolis
RE: oatmeal sizes on 08/14/2008 23:12:56 MDT Print View

Kathleen, While I'm not sure I can express this correctly; I've read that the thicker the oat, the lower the glycemic index and the longer it will stay with you.

In the food chapter (page 182) of "Beyond Backpacking", Ray Jardine states that, "To make oats "instant," the bran and germ are removed and the endosperm is pre-cooked and rolled thin."

So many of our grains are rendered nearly useless by the removal of bran and germ to extend shelf life, that I try hard to eat only whole grains, brown rice.

Laurie, Since I've got Ray's book out, I see his solution to slow cooking breakfast grains was to cook them right after cooking the evening meal and eat them cold the next day.

Edited by lollygag on 08/14/2008 23:22:43 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: cold oatmeal on 08/15/2008 08:09:41 MDT Print View

I grew listening to my Grandma's horror stories of the Great Depression. One was that for a long time all they ate was oats 3 times day. Cooked in the morning, cold the rest of the time. Wall paste. Lets just say that to eat cold cooked cereal 8-12 hours later takes a stomach that can handle anything.
I'd take the cold cereal with a careful practice first ;-)