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Eat Healthy Road Trip Breakfasts-Homemade Road Trip Breakfasts that Really Work!

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Updated January 18, 2016

Making the change to eat healthy road trip breakfasts instead of consuming expensive, mediocre restaurant food was one of the best things we’ve ever done.  

Instead of purchasing breakfast, we packed our own.  With a little bit more planning and preparation the transition was easy.  Borrowing ideas from our backpacking days, we came up with nutritious foods that served us well on road trips without cooking and with very little clean up.  

By packing our food in a reusable grocery bag and a cooler for perishables, we easily managed to eat health road trip breakfasts every morning.  

Road Trip Tested Breakfast Ideas

Boiled eggs with salt & pepper

Cold fried eggs 

Pre-toasted whole grain bread slices (use these to make peanut butter toast, cinnamon and sugar toast, toast and butter with milk, or fried egg and ham sandwiches)

Pre-cooked French Toast with Butter and Maple Syrup

Pre-cooked Waffles with Butter and Maple Syrup

Muffins (my favorites are Paleo Egg Muffins and Blueberry Muffins)

Homemade Instant Gluten-free Oatmeal


Cold Cereal

Cooked Ham slices

Bagels and Cream Cheese

Red Soup Dish

To make our breakfast experience more pleasant and manageable we purchased microwave safe all-purpose ceramic mugs with water-tight lids.  These mugs were indispensable for serving our oatmeal at breakfast, for hot drinks, such as coffee, tea and hot cocoa; for soup, and reheated leftovers saved from dinner the night before.  We used them for cold cereal, milk and juice, and for storing leftovers in our cooler.  

Sunbeam Electric Hot Pot

For those lodgings with no microwave available, we purchased a versatile Sunbeam Electric Hot Pot. This little work horse packed well and boiled water for breakfast in record time.  Designed with a water-tight interior and a non-stick heating plate, we were able to warm up soup and re-heat leftovers as well.  We liked this product so much we’re ditching the weighty stainless steel teapot we used to take camping.  With an adaptor, this hot pot can even be plugged into a power outlet in any vehicle, including RVs.

By far the best eat healthy road trip breakfast was homemade instant oatmeal packed in single serving size plastic zip bags.  By making our own, we were able to personalize the flavors, use organic ingredients and avoid unhealthy food additives.  

Eat healthy road trip breakfasts . . . yummy goodness to start off another adventurous day!  

Eat Healthy Road Trip Oatmeal Packets-Gluten Free

Servings:  4

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2 cups gluten-free oats (old fashioned rolled or quick cooking)

1 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons brown sugar

Ingredients for flavor variations


  1. Into a food processor or blender pour 2 cups gluten-free oats.  
  2. Process oats to the texture of fine meal (not quite powdery).   
  3. Measure ½ cup ground oatmeal, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon brown sugar into each of the zip bags and seal closed.  
  4. To serve, add boiling water, a bit of butter to taste and stir until desired consistency. 
  5. Let stand for a minute or two to re-hydrate and thicken. 

Delicious Flavor Variations

Brown Sugar Spice

Add 1 Tablespoon brown sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Maple Nut

Replace brown sugar with maple sugar or maple syrup and add 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts.

Cinnamon Spice

Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Autumn Spice

Add ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Raisin Spice

Add 2 Tablespoons raisins and ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Banana Nut

Add 2 Tablespoons chopped dried banana and 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

Apple Spice

Add 2 Tablespoons chopped dried apple and ½ teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice


Replace brown sugar with molasses; add ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, dash black pepper.

Maple Baked Apple

Replace brown sugar with maple syrup and  add 2 Tablespoons chopped dried apple and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.

Berry Muffin

Add 2 Tablespoons dried berries of your choice and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.

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