The Dirty Gourmet tries to inspire gourmet outdoor cooking by providing easy camping recipes and ideas.  Their “dirty version” of a recipe is the pared down version that is more suitable for trips where refrigeration or weight is an issue, such as backpacking.  They recently went winter camping in Yosemite Valley and made oatmeal pancakes with dried fruit compote for breakfast.

They have a host of recipes for appetizers, beverages, breakfast, dessert, entrees, lunch, salad, side dishes, snacks and soups.  Their story and recipe can be found here.

Oatmeal Pancakes with Fruit Compote- Dirty Version

Serving Size 3-4

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes


Dried Fruit Compote
  • 1 cup dried fruit, chopped
  • 3 cups jasmine tea (or whatever you have)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, scraped
Oatmeal Pancakes
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (or 2 packets regular flavor instant oatmeal)
  • 1 6.75 oz package of “Complete” Pancake mix (just-add-water)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons oil for skillet if not non-stick


  • 2 Quart Pot
  • 1 Bowl
  • Skillet
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spatula

Method For the Dried Fruit Compote: Pour jasmine tea over fruit in a pot, enough to cover. Add sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Place on stove over medium-low heat and simmer, covered about 20 minutes, until it becomes thickened and syrupy.

Method For the Pancakes

  1. Mix oats with instant pancake mix
  2. Add water and mix. The oats make the mix thicker, so you may need to add a little more water.
  3. Fold chopped pecans into batter.
  4. Drop a large spoonful of batter into a lightly oiled skillet on medium high. Let it cook until bubbling on top. Flip. Let cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Cover with foil to keep oatmeal pancakes warm if serving formally.
  6. Serve pancakes topped with fruit compote.

They reported the oatmeal pancakes were easy and hearty, almost as good as making them from scratch, and it was really nice to have ingredients that double as snacks on the trail.