Camp Cooking: Easy Breakfast Oatmeal

Jan 7, 2023 | 0 comments

Written by Amy Kovach, Girl Camper, South Carolina

Looking for an easy breakfast to cook at camp? Slow cooker overnight oatmeal is quite possibly one of my favorite breakfast dishes.  It is warm in the winter, filling and nutritious, as well as super easy on the budget.  I have made this for every Girl Camper South Carolina camp out I have hosted as our Saturday morning gathering breakfast.  Pack your slow cooker and a disposable slow cooker liner bag for easy cleanup.

Before I go to bed on the first night of camp, I set my slow cooker on low, put in the disposable liner, and add the ingredients I’ve brought from home.  I try to pre-measure and mix the dry ingredients into one large gallon zip top bag and only add the wet ingredients at camp.  Set the slow cooker on low and wake up to hot, ready to eat oatmeal that is delicious!

Here’s what you need to make easy breakfast oatmeal at camp.


  1. 2 Cups Steel Cut Oats*
  2. ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  3. 2 to 3 teaspoons Cinnamon (optional)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg (optional)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 4 Cups Water
  7. 3 Cups Milk**
  8. ½ Cup Brown Sugar or Maple Syrup (optional)
  9. Dried Fruit (raisins, craisins, cherries, blueberries) (optional)
  10. Nuts (almond slivers, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts) (optional)

Mix the oats, brown sugar and salt together in a large zip top bag.  Add the cinnamon and nutmeg if using.  Take your dry ingredient zip top bag with you in your camping/food supplies.

At the camp site the night before you plan to serve the oatmeal, put your slow cooker liner in the slow cooker (if not using a liner, spray your slow cooker heavily with cooking spray).  Add pre-measured/mixed dry ingredients to your slow cooker liner or sprayed dish.  Add water and milk to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Set your slow cooker on low and put the lid on top.  Go to bed and wake up to a delicious and prepared breakfast!

To serve, use your additional ½ cup of brown sugar or maple syrup, dried fruit and nuts to top and customize your oatmeal.  The remaining milk (if using a 48 oz container of almond milk) can be used to loosen the oatmeal if it becomes too thick for your preference.

*Do not use rolled oats or quick oats as they will become mushy.

** I prefer shelf stable Almond Milk in a box.  It is dairy-free, easy to transport and does not require refrigeration until after the carton is opened.  Alternatively, you can choose not to use milk/almond milk at all and use 7 cups of water.  The end result will be just as delicious, if not quite as creamy.

Looking for more meal idea for the campground, check out this article about White Chicken Chili.

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