Apple and cinnamon porridge recipe

Serves 1 | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes

It's no wonder porridge is a go-to camping breakfast. It's easy to make, is really adaptable and uses ingredients you've likely already got in your cupboard. In this recipe, we use apple and cinnamon to give our porridge a bit more flavour. 

This porridge recipe's different from the rest though because you don't cook it. Just add boiling water and leave it to soak. This means you use less gas and aren't getting your backpacking stove dirty, which ticks two big boxes for us when we're making camp food!

Including chia seeds helps to thicken the porridge while also helping to up the nutritional value.

Apple cinnamon porrige

Gear you'll need

Camping stove - to boil water we used a Jetboil MiniMo

Ziplock bag - we've used Glad sandwich bags before and found them to be fine

Something to insulate your porridge in while it soaks - placing it in your empty stove is an option or a beanie could work

Spoon - To eat with. We used a spork from Light My Fire.

Bowl - to eat from (optional - eating from the Ziplock bag will save on washing up)


1/2 cup oats - we use traditional whole oats (not quick-cook oats), as we prefer the texture

10g (around 2 tbsp) dried apple in small pieces

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/3 cup milk powder

1 cup (250ml or 8.5 fl oz) boiling water

What to do

Before you head camping

  1. Put all ingredients, except the boiling water, in a Ziplock bag. Shake to combine. Made up, the bag will weigh around 105 grams (3.7 ounces).

At camp

  1. Stir boiling water through. Best to hold the Ziplock bag in a beanie or spare t-shirt so the Ziplock's not too hot on your hands.
  2. Leave to soak in something insulated for 10 minutes. We've found popping the Ziplock in your (empty and off) camp stove can work well, as it will still be warm from boiling the water.
  3. Stir through and eat. 
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