Golden Oats | Vegan Backpacking Food

The flavorful mix of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger, and turmeric makes golden milk one of my favorite morning beverages. So why not try pouring it into oatmeal? I did just that and “Golden Oats” where born! It took some experimenting to come up with a good spice to oat ratio, but I finally made a good batch that’s totally backpacking friendly.

When I make this at home I typically use oat milk or almond milk, but on the trail I like to use powdered coconut milk. It packs in a lot more calories and it has that rich, creamy flavor that is sometimes lacking in your typical instant oatmeal.

At home I add agave or maple syrup to the oats, but it can be messy and heavy to carry a separate container for a liquid sweetener. In this recipe I use coconut sugar and it seems to be a good substitute. I use 2 tablespoons here but you can adjust this depending on your preference.

This is optional, but I added a handful of dehydrated apple slices to the mix. I found that they actually re-hydrate really well and they even absorb the flavor of the spice mix. So good! I also top the oats with crushed walnuts but you can use macadamia or pecan nuts too.

Typically I skip the flax meal and chia seeds at home, but they really (for lack of a better term) “beef up” this oatmeal. They absorb a lot of the excess moisture and they will keep you full and energized.

If you make this meal on the trail take a photo and let me know what you think! Tag your post with the hashtag #veganoutdoors or tag my instagram @veganoutdoors_

Golden Oats


  • 3/4 Cup Quick Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp each of Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamom
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Dried Apple Slices
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed Walnuts

At Home:

Combine all ingredients (except walnuts) into a baggie or container. Place walnuts into a separate container and reserve for topping.

On the Trail:

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove walnut topping from oatmeal mixture. Pour oatmeal mix into water and stir. Cover and soak 3-5 mins. Top with crushed walnuts and enjoy!

Weight: 4.3oz
Calories: 850
Calories per oz: 197

If you make these Golden Oats take a photo and tag me on instagram @veganoutdoors_ or use the hashtag #veganoutdoors. Did you change the recipe at all? Tell everyone what you think in the comments below!

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