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02/01/2019 07:20PM  
So I recently found out I have a sensitivity to dairy and oats.

Sigh. I mean - oatmeal is so easy in the bwca, but I cannot eat it anymore without feeling terrible.

Thoughts for an easy breakfast that doesn't involve too much dairy or oats?
(I can have hard cheese, just no soft cheese or milk.)
 
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marsonite
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02/01/2019 08:14PM  
There are other hot cereals. Homestead Mills (sold in Zups) has some without oats. Homestead Mills cereals

The other thing we eat a lot of is bagels toasted either in a frying pan or on a fire grate.
 
02/01/2019 10:17PM  
Grits.
Quinoa.
Make some grain free granola (basically nuts, seeds, coconut) and use nut or soy milk.
 
oth
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02/01/2019 10:37PM  
Rice and raisins or dried fruit
 
Swampturtle
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02/02/2019 07:53AM  
Couscous, instant rice, instant brown rice can all be made as easily as oatmeal. Add dried or fresh fruits & nuts to taste. Sugars & spices. Almond milk or Moos non dairy creamer for added flavor.

I made stovetop rice pudding with almond milk & dehydrated it. My recipe is in the breakfast section. I cold rehydrated it overnight & it was good hot or cold the next morning for a quick breakfast.
 
Northwoodsman
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02/03/2019 07:58PM  
I feel your pain. I can't do dairy, although for me it's the lactose so Lactaid tablets work. Most shelf stable sausages like salami have dairy in them as well, so be careful with those. Bagels, pre-cooked shelf stable bacon, and Ova Easy eggs work well for me. Makes a quick easy breakfast sandwich. Breakfast taco's using pre-cooked bacon, Ova Easy eggs, and dried bell pepper & onions with a couple packets of hot sauce. Quinoa with cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar. One of the things I found easy a couple of years ago was pan-fry bread with cinnamon, sugar and ghee.

I know you can't do dairy but this past year I tried Mountain House Granola with Blueberries, and their Biscuits & Gravy; I loved them both. I think Pack-It Gourmet that has some very tasty grits.
 
02/03/2019 10:45PM  
I am with Northwoodsman. I heat up some pre-cooked bacon then cook some Ova Easy Eggs in the same skillet after the bacon is done. There is just a little bit of bacon grease left in the pan after the bacon is quickly heated up and keeps the Ova Eggs from sticking.

Ova Easy eggs are about as close as you can get to real eggs that you can get.

I throw some cheese on top of the cooked eggs. But instead of bagels ... I toast 2 slices of Arnold or Brownberry “Sandwich Thins” and make a bacon and egg sandwich. The Sandwich Thins work well as they last a long time in the woods as they are whole grain and they are very lightweight to transport.

Quick and great tasting breakfast.
 
02/03/2019 10:57PM  
MN_Lindsey,

Sorry... I forgot you have a dairy allergy situation. So OVA EASY eggs are likely out of bounds for breakfast ... ME BAD!
 
02/04/2019 07:37AM  
I usually just do a breakfast bar or 2 and some GORP. I usually break camp pre-dawn and fish while I travel.
 
Northwoodsman
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02/04/2019 08:52AM  
Wally13: "MN_Lindsey,


Sorry... I forgot you have a dairy allergy situation. So OVA EASY eggs are likely out of bounds for breakfast ... ME BAD! "


Wally13 - Eggs come from chickens. There are no dairy products in OvaEasy Eggs. Ingredients: whole eggs, yolks, egg whites.
 
02/04/2019 10:09AM  
Northwoodsman,

Right you are. What was I thinking ?
 
missmolly
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02/04/2019 03:06PM  
Swampturtle: "Couscous, instant rice, instant brown rice can all be made as easily as oatmeal. Add dried or fresh fruits & nuts to taste. Sugars & spices. Almond milk or Moos non dairy creamer for added flavor.


I made stovetop rice pudding with almond milk & dehydrated it. My recipe is in the breakfast section. I cold rehydrated it overnight & it was good hot or cold the next morning for a quick breakfast.
"


Great ideas.
 
missmolly
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02/04/2019 03:07PM  
AmarilloJim: "I usually just do a breakfast bar or 2 and some GORP. I usually break camp pre-dawn and fish while I travel."

Me too. I eat in the canoe.
 
missmolly
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02/04/2019 03:08PM  
Wally13: "Northwoodsman,


Right you are. What was I thinking ?"


You were thinking a cow wooed a chicken.
 
SammyN
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02/04/2019 03:42PM  
Coffee + Coconut oil.
 
mjmkjun
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02/04/2019 04:56PM  
Breakfast tacos (soft tortillas).
 
NotLight
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02/04/2019 06:42PM  
missmolly: "Swampturtle: "Couscous, instant rice, instant brown rice can all be made as easily as oatmeal. Add dried or fresh fruits & nuts to taste. Sugars & spices. Almond milk or Moos non dairy creamer for added flavor.



I made stovetop rice pudding with almond milk & dehydrated it. My recipe is in the breakfast section. I cold rehydrated it overnight & it was good hot or cold the next morning for a quick breakfast.
"



Great ideas."


+2

My wife makes sweet rice/raisins and its really good.
 
Northwoodsman
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02/04/2019 07:31PM  
Wally13, I chuckled when I read that because I have done the exact same thing before. You normally find eggs in the dairy section in a grocery store near the milk and cheese, and almost never in the meat section with the chicken. Right? People often add milk to scrambled eggs, which is totally useless by the way. It adds nothing (except dairy). I actually looked up OvaEasy Eggs right after I read your post because being lactose intolerant I realized that I had never looked at the ingredient statement before, I thought perhaps I missed something. Another common mistake is that people often forget butter is made from milk/cream.
 
nooneuno
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02/04/2019 07:53PM  
Wally13: "Northwoodsman,


Right you are. What was I thinking ?"


I dunno, youse ever try to milk a chiken?
 
02/04/2019 07:54PM  
I often bring a packaged omelette of some type (add water then cook), but last summer accidentally found I bought a pre-cooked omelette (add boiling water, wait, and eat). I had low expectations but found it surprisingly decent and will likely get again for days I want to eat fast but am tired of oats. Would go very well on a flour tortilla. Cheese would improve further.
 
02/04/2019 09:13PM  
Northwoodsman,

Thanks for making me feel better with your comeback post.

Missmolly’s and nooneuno’s posts had me laughing out loud ... as I must confess that I have been working in agriculture for 40 years and know that eggs come from chickens ... and there is no dairy in OVA EASY eggs.
 
KarlBAndersen1
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02/05/2019 05:54AM  
Wally13: "Northwoodsman,


Right you are. What was I thinking ?"


You were thinking about cow eggs.
 
02/05/2019 08:15AM  
Try pre mixed pancakes. The ones where you just add water and either shake to mix it in the same container or in a plastic bag. If you wanted to bring real eggs, that's doable too. You just get unwashed eggs from someone with chickens. The recycled paper egg cartons work well to transport and you can burn the paper as fire starter. Just put them is a freezer zip-lock in case you crack an egg.
 
Swampturtle
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02/05/2019 11:47AM  
moo cluck
 
inspector13
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02/05/2019 01:14PM  

Spam singles.

 
HammerII
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02/06/2019 10:30PM  
I traveled on a week long trip with a couple that had issues with dairy. Their favorite breakfast was "stewed fruit" and corn cakes.
they cold soaked dried fruit over night. I the morning they poured off some of the flavored soak water into corn meal and flour mixture and heated the fruit letting it "stew" and the remaining water thicken and reduce, while they made corn cakes and cooked them in a pan.
 
BuckFlicks
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02/08/2019 01:17PM  
My favorite camp breakfast: Buy a sleeve of cinnamon raisin bagels and individual serving size pucks of Jif peanut butter. One serving of PB on one bagel, and that's breakfast. Sometimes with some jerky for added protein.

That's a shame about both oats and dairy... I like the granola with powdered milk packs for breakfast sometimes too, but that checks two of you nope boxes. And oats are in just about every breakfast/trail bar.
 
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02/09/2019 09:02AM  
Do not ignore the instant grits if you want something warm. They are a great breakfast even if you are not from the South. You just need to find another source of fiber.

If it does not need to be warm find a ceral you like dry.

There is a kid in our group that eats a box of instant oatmeal every day.

I was going to sugest the Mt House breakfast skillet but they list milk as an ingredient in the scrambled eggs.
 
02/09/2019 08:15PM  
NotLight: "missmolly: "Swampturtle: "Couscous, instant rice, instant brown rice can all be made as easily as oatmeal. Add dried or fresh fruits & nuts to taste. Sugars & spices. Almond milk or Moos non dairy creamer for added flavor.
I made stovetop rice pudding with almond milk & dehydrated it. My recipe is in the breakfast section. I cold rehydrated it overnight & it was good hot or cold the next morning for a quick breakfast.
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Great ideas."


+2

My wife makes sweet rice/raisins and its really good.
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Thanks everyone for your ideas!

UPDATE: After a few weeks of re-introducing various foods after an anti-inflammatory/elimination diet (Whole30)... I'm realizing I'm actually fairly reactive to wheat, barley, oats.

Most severely is dairy.

Had rice tonight, and [blue] corn earlier w/o issue... I will try quiona next.

Otherwise, I do raise my own hens for eggs (and yep not actually dairy even though even on the food pyramid it ends up in the dairy dept) so the eggs would at least be shelf stable...

The other option is coffee + coconut oil, and or GORP, fruit leather which is a great idea too! (or I'll just rely on some intermittent fasting! Haha) Thanks, everyone, I do appreciate it. Food sensitivities are real, and they are the pits.
 
BuckFlicks
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02/11/2019 04:56PM  
Not sure if your sensitivities play along with the "well, actually..." game... but quinoa, botanically speaking, is actually a seed, not a grain. Maybe that'll give your gut some wiggle room. Same for Chia Seeds, flax seeds...

 
bordertrail
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03/31/2019 03:34PM  
Instant cream of wheat. These come in the same type of packet as instant oatmeal, but not flavored.
 
billconner
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03/31/2019 08:28PM  
For speed, you can cook eggs - fresh or powdered - in a freezer bag in boiling water. No cleanup. Pancakes in the Bake-Packer are also quite good and easy.
 
scotttimm
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04/01/2019 07:15PM  
My son is GF - and our whole family likes these bagels. I hate fake dairy products, but, honestly, we can't tell the difference between this brand of vegan butter and regular, and it lasts a long time in the backcountry...it's like margarine, great to fry fish in, btw, because it doesn't burn like butter. Toasted bagel and butter would be an easy one. Also dehydrated hashbrowns work, and can be worked into many recipes. There are a lot of gluten free options out there, find a good health food store. I'm also including a link to the hungry hammock hanger - he has a good breakfast omelet that you could make ahead of time.



Trail southwestern omelet
 
Wables
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04/03/2019 09:09PM  
missmolly: "AmarilloJim: "I usually just do a breakfast bar or 2 and some GORP. I usually break camp pre-dawn and fish while I travel."


Me too. I eat in the canoe. "


Me too. I even brew coffee after dinner and put it in a thermos. Cold camp and no dishes in the morning. I’ll bring a couple hot breakfasts for a 9 day trip for rain or non travel days. A frozen box of egg beaters and bacon is great in a tortilla. With a little effort you can keep fresh bacon 5 days without issue, probably longer. I also bring a meal of biscuits and gravy with bisquick mix, dehydrated sausage, and country gravy mix. Not sure if you can have the gravy though. This year I want to turn the B&G into a diner with fried fish in the mix. I tend to avoid big effort meals, but sometimes it’s fun when you’re windbound, etc.
 
flytyer
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05/01/2019 08:32PM  
I just tried these - taking for breakfast on my June BWCA trip

https://erinbakers.com/collections/the-original-breakfast-cookie/products/breakfast-cookie-peanut-butter
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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05/03/2019 03:02PM  
Pop tarts?
 
05/13/2019 03:32PM  
Breakfast Hash. My mom made this when I helped put their dock in this last weekend. It is basically just potatoes and sausage. I think my mom used some chicken bouillon too.

You take the dehydrated ground sausage and rehydrate that in the broth while the potatoes, cut small to cook quickly, cook. You can do it all in one pan. I had it with mushrooms, but I have heard of people eating it with onion or peppers too. If the sausage doesn't have enough kick then you can add some seasoning like dried red pepper or hot sauce. It tastes great and you can just let it cook while you get ready for the day. Takes about 15 min.

It's not the fastest but it certainly tastes great and provides a lot of energy for the day. 1 potato per person is plenty and not too heavy depending on the length of the trip.
 
Frenchy
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05/21/2019 09:46AM  
The warm grape nut recipe is easy and good. I always throw in a handful of dried fruit and some dried milk powder at home. Just add warm H2O and let sit a minute.
Biscuit Mix and Gravy mix is easy.
I like cheesy biscuits and country style gravy.
 
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03/10/2021 07:41AM  
It's not for everybody, but have you tried the French Breakfast? It's a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Not the healthiest choice but if you only do it on your trips you likely won't have any long term negative effects*. This used to be my favorite breakfast but then I quit smoking.

*I am not a doctor
 
IronRangeMike
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03/10/2021 11:35AM  
bposteve: "It's not for everybody, but have you tried the French Breakfast? It's a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Not the healthiest choice but if you only do it on your trips you likely won't have any long term negative effects*. This used to be my favorite breakfast but then I quit smoking.


*I am not a doctor"


+1 Enjoyed in solitude on the thunder dome.

I also happen to be French, never knew I've been enjoying a traditional ethnic morning meal for years hahaha.

Also a big fan of prepped omlets boiled in bags.
 
straighthairedcurly
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03/10/2021 07:13PM  
I make my own powdered smoothie mixes using coconut milk as the base. I make different flavors like chocolate/peanut butter, tangerine/raspberry, and more. I shake them in a Talenti ice cream container.
 
03/21/2021 08:12AM  
Spam singles with crackers.
 
Banksiana
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03/21/2021 09:29AM  
Grits or polenta with dried cherries and maple syrup. Add clarified butter if you're reactive to milk sugar or coconut oil if your dairy reaction extends to milk fat. Delicious.
 
bordertrail
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04/08/2021 07:38PM  
TuscaroraBorealis: "Pop tarts?"
Spackle on plywood.
I like burrito shells with cinnimum and suger, you can add fruit, butter, yogart spread, or whatever.
 
04/12/2021 03:09PM  
I grew up on a dairy farm and my job was to collect the cow eggs every morning . You can fit three in a basket!
Don’t stand behind a cow laying an egg, because if the cow sneezes that egg comes out like a rock from a sling shot!
 
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05/19/2021 03:29PM  
Sometimes we'll use muffin mix and fry them up as pancakes. I'm not sure if they all have oats in them, but I'm sure there are some that do not. You can probably even fry them up the night before and store them in your food bag and just eat them cold for breakfast, they should be fine overnight.
 
MikeinMpls
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05/20/2021 03:15PM  
bordertrail: "TuscaroraBorealis: "Pop tarts?"
Spackle on plywood.
I like burrito shells with cinnimum and suger, you can add fruit, butter, yogart spread, or whatever."


We, unfortunately or not, are Pop Tarts-every-morning-in-the-BWCA people. I can see how someone would describe them as such.

Your cinamon and sugar idea sounds like a Mexican version of lefse.

Mike
 
05/29/2021 12:12PM  
Why hasn't anyone mentioned pancakes on this thread? It's a regular staple for me - especially in blueberry season. The just add water package. I carry in a little tub of canola oil butter and maple syrup in a plastic container. A little weight, yes, but well worth it!
 
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07/16/2021 06:46AM  
I do the same, simple and great. .
 
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09/13/2021 09:47PM  
It depends on what you mean by easy. If cooking is involved pancakes (with blueberries) and ova easy egg skillets (with dehydrated peppers, mushrooms and sausage) are our go to breakfasts.

Our favorite no cook options are clif bars, PB and J bagels, or whatever else is left in the food barrel.
 
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10/04/2021 01:30PM  
missmolly: "Wally13: "Northwoodsman,
Right you are. What was I thinking ?"

You were thinking a cow wooed a chicken. "


Chicken milk? Sounds udderly awful.
 
Lawnchair107
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12/31/2021 09:37PM  
Breakfast rounds sold at Aldis or Costco are our go-to. Warmed up, they are even tastier.
 
01/31/2022 07:38PM  
I came across a new favorite last year somewhere on here. I wish I could remember who posted it to give credit.

Dehydrated hash browns, dehydrated breakfast sausage, with a little gravy mix powder (assuming that doesn't have ingredients you're allergic to). The key is you don't actually have to cook that hash browns in a skillet. You can soak, and simmer like any other dehydrated meal and it turns out really good! The add-ins of various dried veggies and such are nearly endless.

Hoe cakes are another favorite. Cormeal pancakes essentially. You can do them with all cornmeal and no flour to be gluten free too.
 
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04/13/2022 12:27PM  
I would agree with the packets of Cream of Wheat...add some brown sugar (maybe a bit of butter if you want) and you are set.
 
wyopaddler
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04/18/2022 06:57PM  
Ramen

Cup of Soup with Instant Potatoes (Dairy Free)

Cous Cous or grits with butter, nuts, cinnamon sugar, and raisins
 
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