A lot of time is spent thinking about food on the road. Afraid of becoming a scare crow, I tend to buy way more than necessary when making a grocery run, letting my stomach get ahead of me. Over the first month we have made a few changes to the breakfast menu. We are getting close to something really good. No cooking is required, saving fuel and time in the mornings. The jar size is chosen for a single portion. Liz and I both carry our own jar. This allows us to get up at our own pace in the AM. The mornings are a good personal time for me. Maybe you will want to have this at home while you follow along with us.
Empty 18 oz Plastic Peanut Butter Jar and Top
Steel Cut Oats
Assorted Dry Fruit
Prepare in the evening before going to bed for the following morning. Fill empty peanut butter jar 1/4 full of oats. Add healthy portion of dry milk, dry fruit (raisins, craisins, banana chips, etc…), nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc…), spoonful of peanut butter, and dash of your favorite sweetener. Add water to cover. Screw lid on peanut butter jar and shake so that everything is mixed well. Set aside in a dirty shoe to keep up right til morning. Check oats before going to bed and add more water if all the water has been absorbed.
Liz likes to add her fruit and nuts in the morning. I like to do it all in the evening. It’s a personal preference but I think soaking the fruit and nuts over night leaches some of the sugars and salt out into the oats adding to the flavor. Also, don’t use minute oats or rolled oats. These turn to mash which is not a pleasure to eat. The steel cut oats create a great texture and seem to stay with us longer into the morning while pedaling.
Another item that can lead to a huge variety in this breakfast is the type of sweetener used. We started out using a strawberry-kiwi powdered drink mix. It created the best strawberry dry milk you can imagine. The hot pink color was a bit off putting though. Other sweeteners could be honey, malt, hot cocoa mix. I’m excited to try some malt next time I can find some to make this an even heartier breakfast. So far I’ve struck out.