While I dream of green smoothies and lazy morning pancakes on an almost daily basis after cycle touring for six months, I just couldn’t justify strapping my Vitamix to my bicycle rack (ha), and pancakes take too long when we’re packing our tent to beat traffic, daylight, or warm up from the cold.
Enter: overnight oats.
I’ve been making these at home long before we departed on a worldwide bicycle tour. They take only five minutes to make at night before bed and are ready to eat in the morning. They’re filling, healthy and most importantly, require almost zero effort.
We eat them every morning we ride and we have yet to grow sick of them. The key to avoiding overnight oat burnout is to regularly change up the ingredients. I carry a gallon-sized ziplock of homemade muesli that contains a variety of rotating essentials like nuts, seeds, grains, and dried fruit.
On a recent rainy ride through Bulgaria, we happened upon a little shop that sold freshly ground peanut butter. No sugars, no oils, no salt. Just ground peanuts. I hadn’t seen anything like it in months. I wanted to buy it all.
I settled for just one large jar and knew immediately how I would use it for breakfast the next day: Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
These oats come together in just five minutes and the cooking happens overnight while you sleep. In the morning, the only effort required of you is opening the canister, finding a spoon, and digging in.
Packed full of protein from the oats, seeds, nuts and peanut butter, this breakfast acts as an energizing meal to fuel your journey, whatever your adventure for the day.
We travel with our beloved 16oz Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Food Canister, which just happens to be the perfect size to make one serving of these oats. The insulation prevents any milk from going bad overnight if the temperature fails to act as a refrigerant and its tight seal prevents not only spillage, but also keeps any critters from getting into our breakfast.
And now for that giveaway! We love our Klean Kanteen Food Canister so much, that we’ve partnered with Klean Kanteen to give you one of your own. Visit our webpage, Long Haul Trekkers for the recipe and to enter our contest.
We will notify the randomly selected winner on or around 11 November (depending on our Internet availability!). Good luck!