Roadtrip oats

roadtrip oats

What do you eat for breakfast while driving over 2000km in a week through three African countries? RoRoadtrip oats 1adtrip oats, of course!

While packing up our house to move countries, I did not put in as much time to pack food to eat on a trip as I usually do when we travel. In fact, I just threw some ingredients into a bag and hoped that I would be able to use them! The first day we needed breakfast was a day we left at 02:00 to drive from Maputo to Vilanculos, up the coast of Mozambique. We stopped at a beautiful lagoon, and I threw my ingredients for stovetop oats into a pot while the girls splashed around. Oats, dried pear and apricot, cinnamon and almonds. Some hot water that had been in our flask from the night before. Instead of cooking it on the camping stove, I decided to see what would happen if I just put it into a (makeshift) hot box – our bag of towels – in the car. The result was a good breakfast! Not quicker, but definitely cheaper and healthier than buying sachets of instant oats.

The next day we left later, and had a kitchen, so I quickly brought the ingredients to the boil on the stove, and popped it into my towel-box. When we stopped for breakfast, we had perfect cinnamon-cranberry-cashew oatmeal. My girls couldn’t get enough! This will definitely go on my list for travel breakfasts in the future. I will probably package the oats and add-ins beforehand to make it easier. The ingredients didn’t take up much space, and we had a quick, easy, whole-food breakfast.

Serves 3

Roadtrip oats

Yields 1 small pot of oats

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1.5 cups oats (rolled or quick-cooking)
  • 2.5 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a pre-warmed pot
  2. Place in a hotbox for 30-45 minutes
  3. Serve warm with butter, honey, milk or fresh fruit, as you prefer!


Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 223
  • % Daily Value*

  • Total Fat: 8 g 12.31%
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g 5%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
  • Sodium: 18 mg 0.75%
  • Potassium: 282 mg 8.06%
  • Total Carbohydrate: 33 g %
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Vitamin A: 1.36%
  • Calcium: 42 mg 4.2%
  • Iron: 2 mg 11.11%
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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