Mountain House – Granola with Milk & Blueberries
Dried oatmeal is a breakfast staple for many members of the OutdoorFoodLab team, but it’s always nice to switch things up. After hiking and canoeing over 12 miles to the center of Voyageur’s National Park in northern Minnesota, we were happy to wake up to luxury breakfast in the wild.
We were delightfully surprised by the taste, texture, and easy preparation of Mountain House’s granola with milk and blueberries. Unlike some of their other dried “fruit” meals, this one actually included real blueberries. And while the milk was dehydrated (powdered), it turned into a tasty base for the crunchy granola, all with only a half-cup of cold water.
Specification: Mountain House – Granola with Milk & Blueberries
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Coconut, Dairy, Soy, Wheat
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Preparation was a breeze. While many prepared outdoor meals require 1+ cups of hot water (which often necessitates cooking equipment), this granola only requires a half-cup of cold water. Preparation took less than 60 seconds.
- Less than 60 seconds to fully prepare
- Cleanup is easy as well (simply ziplock to package to seal shut)
- The granola’s thickness can make it difficult to stir without getting your fingers dirty
- We recommend mixing the dry ingredients well before adding cold water
It may not have the perfect crunch of house-made granola, but it’s a perfect replacement in the wilderness. The dehydrated milk dissolved and thickened impressively after water was added, and the package included plenty of dried blueberries, which also rehydrated easily. The granola was a bit closer to crunchy oatmeal, but the texture was still satisfying to our testers.
- Uses real dried blueberries
- The addition of powdered milk was a critical component to its taste and texture
- Every ingredient rehydrated fully and quickly
- The granola was a treat in the wild, but still fairly low quality overall
At Outdoor Food Lab, we list our weight ratings as such:
- 150+ calories/ounce: / Ultralight Hiking Food
- 131-149 calories/ounce:
- 111-130 calories/ounce:
- 90-110 calories/ounce:
- Less than 90 calories/ounce: