My Go-To Travel Breakfast

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 21, 2013


Hello, hello!

This trip was a busy one and our days were packed full with adventures, so I defaulted to Instagram as my “mini blog post” method of choice while traveling. It’s a fun way to share little snippets of scenery, people, and food when on the road. Oh, what did we do without Instagram? I just love it. Anyway, we have hundreds of DSLR photos to sift through, but I hope to put together a recap at some point!

For now, I thought I would take a moment to share my go-to breakfast on our travels. We met up with my mom and step dad in Scottsdale and we also spent a couple glorious days in Sedona.


When traveling, Eric and I both prefer to make breakfast in our room before heading out. We’re kind of sticklers for having the same breakfast every morning and nothing beats how quick it is, especially because we headed out for hikes by 6am several mornings! I’ve been on a big vegan overnight oats kick lately and his go-to is always Nature’s Path cereal. For this trip, I brought along protein powder from home and then I picked up the ingredients for my current favourite, super-filling bowl of vegan overnight oats. Just prep it at night before bed and it’s ready in the morning. Obviously, this breakfast wouldn’t work everywhere depending on where you are going, but it’s great when it does.


[Missing from the photo above – oats]


While I was taking pictures of my breakfast on the deck, I kept the door to the cabin ajar and a tiny lizard made its way into our room!!! Rookie mistake. hah. We found this little guy baking on a window in the sun. So cute.


I also picked up some granola for breakfast and hiking fuel, and it ended up being my favourite store-bought granola of all time. Have you tried this purely elizabeth brand yet? I haven’t seen it in stores near me, so I’m going to have to recreate this at home. It’s chock-full of good ingredients like coconut oil & coconut sugar, sunflower seeds, quinoa flakes, and I also think this flavour is nut-free (but made in a facility that uses nuts, FYI).


Protein Packed Vegan Overnight Oats

Just a word of caution: The protein powder in this recipe is not for everyone and it’s a taste and texture I got used to with time. My advice is to start off with a small amount of protein powder and gradually add more as you get used to it. The flavour will differ dramatically based on the brand you use. Try something quite neutral. I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Natural. The other option is just to omit the protein powder all together. Also, feel free to add sweetener if the oats aren’t sweet enough for you. I did a rough calculation and my bowl has almost 25 grams of protein and it keeps me going all morning long!

Serves: 1 large, filling portion (or two smaller portions if you prefer)


  • 1 very large ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Natural), optional
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled or quick oats
  • 1 cup water (or almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or more water in a pinch, but it won’t be as creamy)
  • granola or fresh fruit, for topping


  1. In a medium bowl, mash the banana until mostly smooth.
  2. Stir in chia seeds followed by the protein powder (if using) and oats. It will resemble a very thick paste.
  3. Whisk in the water/almond milk with a fork, until smooth and no clumps remain.
  4. Place in the fridge overnight or for at least 1-2 hours, until the oats are soft and the mixture is thick.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of granola and fresh fruit, if desired.

This breakfast is the perfect healthy fuel for hiking trails, climbing mountains, and early morning sunrise adventures. I love knowing that I start off the day with a balanced breakfast just in case we end up having a late lunch.


Yes, this girl who is scared of heights sat on that very mountain edge! Don’t tell my mom. I promise it wasn’t as bad as it looks in the photo! hah.

All good things must come to an end, I suppose. I have a second pass of my book editing due shortly, so I best get back to reality and start digging through email. I’m hoping to post another Thanksgiving/holiday recipe inspired by this incredible meal I had at True Food Kitchen the other day. Here’s hoping it turns out as good or even better!

See you soon.

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janae @ bring joy November 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

That last photo is the best! Love it.

I haven’t used protein powder in anything in a few years. I don’t think I really need it because I eat beans every day, but now that I’m in the last stages of my pregnancy I’m really craving a lot more protein, so I’ll have to check out that brand you mentioned & maybe start adding a scoop to my morning smoothies.


Rosanna November 22, 2013 at 9:48 am



Angela (Oh She Glows) November 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks Rosanna! :)


Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating November 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

That breakfast looks amazing!


Carrie @ Season It Already! November 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

I am afraid of heights, too, so just looking at that photo made my hands sweaty! (Though my husband says that isn’t true, I just *think* my hands are sweaty! Lol.)


nan @ lbddiaries November 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Beautiful pictures but you’d NEVER get me out on a ledge like that. My feet just wouldn’t take me there. I like the idea of overnight oatmeal. Wonder if it would work on the steel cut oats we eat?


Carissa November 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the inspiration! I love overnight muesli but had gotten tired of the way I make it. Adding the mashed banana was great and then I didn’t feel the need to add maple syrup or agave. I’m not a fan of the protein powder taste so skipped it but the breakfast was still delicious. Also added some cinnamon.


Jaime November 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

What is your intragram username? I can’t find you on there.


Julie November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I was in Sedona last weekend, perhaps our paths just crossed- I know exactly where that picture was taken! Sedona is truly beautiful.

Thank you so much for all you do! I love your recipes— your blog is always my “go to” when Im planning meals!

Julie (from Phoenix)


Keri November 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Beautiful pictures! Looks like an awesome hike with killer views at the end! I’ve missed SunWarrior protein powder while being pregnant. It was my favorite kind, but I wasn’t able to find one that didn’t use hemp protein, and the research I found was so mixed about safety. I’ve only had it a few times & it used to be a weekly staple for me! Thanks for the granola tip–I haven’t tried Elizabeth’s, and granola has been a huge craving for me these days :)


Micha @ blissful bites November 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

haha I actually just sat down with a bowl of that blueberry hemp granola when I went to read this post! what a coincidence :) I never used to eat store-bought granola but once I discovered purely elizabeth and saw what awesome ingredients it’s made of… I’ve been hooked. I love all their flavors, especially the pumpkin-fig. But it sure is hard not to eat the whole bag in one day!!
I’ve never added protein powder to my overnight oats, so thanks for the idea : )


Maria November 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I love the breakfast idea and I REALLY LOVE the last picture! How amazing!


Aqilah November 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Have always been a fan of oats. This looks yummy! Am sure to give it a try! :)


Barbara November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

We ordered the Elizabeth granola in 3 flavors from Amazon. Oh my, they are all so delicious. We have to ration them b/c we could eat them all up too fast. Thanks for the info. We had never heard of that brand before.


amy wwebster November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

hi angela! i am eating a bowl of these overnight oats right now before I go to the gym. Thanks for the recipe! I was getting bored of smoothies. By the way… after starting with S.A.N. Raw Fusion vegan protein powder ( I didn’t like the fake vanilla taste) I have settled on Garden of Life Raw Protein ‘Beyond Organic Formula’ (whew what a title!) It isn’t flavoured so I don’t find it as noticeable. I got it at a health food store here in Toronto so if you see it around Oakville give it a try! :) ( or anyone else in Ontario/GTA)


Ashley Sewall November 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Stupid question….do you cook the mixture or eat cold? Sounds awesome by the way!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

I eat it cold :) But I assume you could heat it if desired!


Lorin November 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Is that bell rock in Sedona? I went there for Thanksgiving about 9 years ago. I love Sedona. We also did the Pink Jeep Tours.


MindBodyPlate December 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love Purely Elizabeth granola! Full disclosure: I’m actually eating the cranberry pecan flavor RIGHT NOW as I type this LOL. She’s a fellow graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition… her story is so inspiring! The Whole Foods stores here in NYC are carrying it now, so hopefully we’ll see it elsewhere soon enough. Still, I’m very excited for your homemade version – I’m sure you’ll hit it out of the park!


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