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5 Hiking Breakfast Ideas

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

If you are looking for some good hiking breakfast suggestions then you have come to the right place, here is our list of five great hiking breakfasts that work no matter what hike you're on.

Before we start always remember that your hiking breakfasts should try to be a good filling meal that will give you the energy to hike all throughout the day, breakfast can be one of the most important meals during your day but especially while on the trail so here is five good suggestions for what you can eat.


1. Porridge with powdered Milk

This hiking recipe has become a staple food and is a very common sight for most when waking up out on the hiking trail, to most this breakfast can feel a little overdone but it's seen as a quick and easy breakfast that fills you up for a day of hiking ahead making it a really good meal.

Ingredients needed to make:

  • Oats/Porridge sachet (⅓ of a cup of oats)

  • 2 - 4 Tablespoons of Powdered Milk

  • ½ a cup of water

  • Any additives like Dried Fruit

Equipment required:

  • Stove

  • Spoon for mixing and stirring

  • Bowl for serving

The easiest way to make your porridge is to buy a porridge sachet like Uncle Toby’s or you can make your own with a packet of oats. You can opt to have them hot by heating up some water and oats with your powered Milk over your camping stove and then mixing until having porridge consistency, alternatively you can have them cold and mix oats, powered milk and water right into your bowl. You can then add any extras you might like, to add flavour to your brekkie, some great suggestions for things to add include some dried fruit and a little honey if you don’t mind a little extra weight.


2. Cereals with or without Milk

Cereals are another great and easy option for a hiking breakfast, if you are looking for an easy breakfast while you hike then this option is defiantly one to consider and can be made with or without milk.

Ingredients needed to make:

  • Cereal of your Choice

  • 4 - 6 Tablespoons of Powered Milk

  • Water (to your likening)

Equipment required:

  • Resealable Zip-Lock Bag

  • Spoon for eating

  • Bowl for serving

Making your cereal breakfast without milk is as simple as getting your favourite breakfast cereal and placing it into a zip-lock bag with the amount you want per breakfast before you leave for your hike. If you are someone who wants to add some milk like you would at home then it's as simple as grapping your powered milk and mixing it with water until it is the right consistency in your bowl for your liking.


3. Breakfast Bars

Breakfast bars a very different breakfast alternative for most and is rarely a thought in peoples mind when they try think of what to buy for their next hike but these can be an interesting option for people looking for something else than the regular hiking breakies.

Ingredients needed to make:

  • Breakfast bar of your choice (make it nutritious)

Breakfast bars a great alternative to regular breakfasts because they require no preparation making them perfect if you need to set off early on a big day of walking or you don’t want to take the time to cook breakfast. When purchasing the bar of your choice make sure to look closely at the sugar content in each bar as some can be very bad for you and layered in sugar like a chocolate bar.


4. Granola with Raisins and Honey

This hiking recipe may be a little more complex but offers you with a lot more flavour and range in ingredients compared to other, more simple hiking recipes like porridge or cereal that we talked about earlier. Even if they take a little more preparation and will require you to carry a little more weight on your back, this recipe can be a huge benefit through the energy boost it will provide.

Ingredients needed to make:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 2 tablespoons of raisins

  • 8 tablespoons of powdered milk

  • 1 cup of boiled water

Equipment required:

  • Stove

  • Resealable Zip-Lock Bag

  • Spoon for mixing and stirring

  • Bowl for serving

To prepare this hiking meal you will simply need place the two cups of rolled oats into your bowl with the raisins and honey ready for the addition of water, get your ½ a cup of water and bring it to a boil and then place the 8 tablespoons of powdered milk in your bowl with the boiling water, to finish it all simply mix it all together until you have a nice consistency that is to your liking. When packing for this meal it would be a good idea to measure out all your ingredients into bags so you remove the need to bring a measuring device of some kind with you.


5. Powered Eggs

Hold up, we know this one doesn't sound that great compared to the others above but this hiking recipe is not that bad contrary to popular opinion, though it does take a bit of cooking in the morning, using Powered egg crystals can be a good way to cook something a little different for a change and fill you up with something that is not too far from the real thing.

Ingredients needed to make:

  • Powered Egg Crystals

  • Water

  • Salt and Pepper

Equipment required:

  • Stove

  • Spoon for mixing and stirring

  • Bowl for serving

Depending on what brand you buy you should find a relatively comprehensive set of instructions on how to cook them on the back of the packet but once you have cooked up your eggs you have the option of adding some salt and pepper to them to add a little flavour to your unusual hiking breakfast.


If you are someone who likes a nice hot tea or coffee with your breakfast then check out our comprehensive guide to making tea and coffee on the trail, a truly great guide for anyone who is a lover of a nice warm beverage in the morning.

Hopefully now you have a better idea on what you are going to cook for your next hiking trip and now know a few more options for what you can create even while hiking up rugged terrain and steep hills of the wonderful hiking trails around the world.

Looking for more recipe ideas? Well check out our recipes page here.

Written by Josh Welch


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