Hands up if you’ve forked out 15 bucks for a fancy bowl of porridge at a trendy café? Everyone? Yep, good.
Funnily enough, ingredients like chia seed and toasted coconut belong, not only at the table of Australia’s discerning breakfast enthusiasts, but, well, anywhere really.
In this case we're using white chia, rolled oats, toasted coconut, and honey to create a high energy, low GI kick-start to your day in the outdoors.
The truth is, these ingredients really aren’t quite as fancy as you might think. With a bit of prep at home, you can create pimped out porridge on your camping trip that'll leave your mates looking down their noses. Don’t worry it is delicious...it’s just a bit posh.
How to make white chia porridge on your camping trip
For this camping recipe you will need:
1 x camp stove (or grill / stand for boiling water over an open fire)
1 x billy or pot
2/3 of a cup of rolled oats
1 tbsp. white Chia Seeds
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 ½ cups milk (or water)
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Prepare at home before you leave
This recipe is almost too easy. We created our own dry white chia porridge mix to save bringing all the ingredients on our camping trip.
To do this, add to a plastic air-tight container: rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You could add some brown sugar at this stage if you prefer sugar for sweetness, but we’ve chosen honey this time round.
Seal it up and add it to your backpack / Esky.
At the campsite
Get your stove nice and hot (we're using an MSR Whisperlite stove) and place your billy on the flame. Add the milk (or water) to the billy and throw in your white chia porridge mix.
Start stirring and keep stirring! If like us, you are using a billy, you’ll find you have to stir the porridge the whole time to keep it from sticking because the aluminium gets very hot, very quickly.
As the porridge starts to thicken, remove the billy from the heat for a while to regulate the temperature, helping the oats to absorb the liquid.
Once it has thickened up, remove the pot from the heat and set aside.
Throw in a handful of trail mix, and stir through.
Spoon the porridge into your bowl, shake some toasted coconut shards on top, and drizzle with honey to successfully recreate your favourite overpriced trendy café brekky, right in the heart of the great outdoors.