Quick Breakfast Ideas for a Bike Tour

Quick Breakfast Ideas

Quick Breakfast Ideas for a Bike Tour

Quick Breakfast Ideas

One of my favorite meals during a bike tour is breakfast. This is the meal that makes or breaks your day. It always seems that a good breakfast is a good indicator of how you will perform the rest of the day. As I noted in my previous post, breakfast should consist mainly of complex carbohydrates and plenty of water prior to getting on your bike for your day’s ride. Here are a few things I make for breakfast on my bike tours that are quick and really easy to prepare.

Quaker Oats

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Oatmeal should be the foundation of every bicycle tourist out there. Luckily for me, I absolutely love oatmeal. The only game in town for me in the past has been the Quaker Oats instant oatmeal. I usually consume about 2 packs of these at a time. It’s really simple. Boil 2 cups of water and just pour over the oatmeal and stir. I may even throw in some trail mixes or fresh fruits, like blueberries or bananas to make it a hearty breakfast. I know if I get my oatmeal in for the day, I feel so much better on my ride for the day.

I know many people look down on the instant variety, but these get the job done without the need for you to do a lot of cleaning. I have a Jetboil, and the only thing that needs cleaning is the bowl and my spork, and the paper wrapper from the oatmeal packets are recyclable and can be burned and used as tinder to start a campfire.

There is a possibility that I may step up my oatmeal game and go the steel-cut oat route, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the switch to having to clean my cooking kit. If anybody can explain why it is worth it, I would love to hear it.

Bisquick Shake 'N Pour

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One of the real treats on our bike tour down the Pacific Coast was the mornings where we made pancakes. You’re probably wondering how one could accomplish this given all the mixing and ingredients involved. Well, good ‘ole Betty Crocker came up with their Bisquick Shake ‘N Pour bottles. All you need to do is add ⅔ cups of water, shake it up, and pour out to cook. The 5.1 ounce bottle can then be rinsed and recycled. It yields 4-5 good-sized pancakes. You throw in some blueberries or bananas while you’re cooking, and you’ll be in heaven.

The only downfall is bringing syrup along to eat, but you can easily get by with some powdered sugar. A good source of syrup is McDonald’s. They have their hotcake syrup in single potion, transportable containers. I’d ask for a few of those when I get the chance to anticipate a great breakfast meal.


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Spam Omelette

Outside of bike touring, I rarely consume Spam, but when we’re touring, all food (most food) is fair game. Just don’t overdo it! I would dice up a single slice of Spam and some vegetables, like tomatoes, onion, or anything left over from the dinner the night before. Acquire 2 or 3 eggs, scramble them up and throw everything into a pan to cook. Cooking eggs on a stove like a Jetboil is a bit challenging given how quick the flame heats up and burns the food onto your pan. You have to regulate it by lifting it off and on the flame as you’re shifting the omelette around.

Add a piece of toast, and I could have died and gone to heaven! Another alternative is substituting Spam with hot dogs instead. We would also cook leftover hot dogs from the night before for breakfast.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! My top 3 quick breakfast ideas. I know they’re not gourmet quality, but they get the job done when I need to satisfy my hunger in the morning. Most of the time, after we had breakfast at camp, a few hours later, I’d find myself eating a second breakfast or early lunch. If I’m really lazy, I would eat fruits or just make myself a peanut butter sandwich. You won’t believe how many jars of peanut butter we consumed in a month.

What are some of your quick meal ideas? I would love to hear and learn some, quick and simple recipes, so please share in the comments below or reach out to me.

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  • melissa kim
    Posted at 20:34h, 15 April

    Second breakfast! 😀