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Today I want to show you my go-to breakfast that I have almost every day here in Australia because it is healthy, cheap, quick & easy to make, super delicious and keeps you full for long.
Sometimes I have the unhealthy (but also delicious) free breakfast at the hostels like pancakes or toast with peanut butter and jam, but I try to stay away from it and make my own healthy bowl of oats.
This recipe is nothing special, I just want to share how I make it with you as you were super interested in my cheap, easy and healthy dinner recipes for backpackers. This time it’s all about the breakfast porridge, but I still hope you enjoy it and I’ll for sure share more cheap but healthy recipes with you soon!
Some days, when I sleep in and work out afterwards this oatmeal is my breakfast and lunch that I have at around noon. Other days, I eat this and still have lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner (for example when I traveled with my cousin).
I don’t exactly measure the amount that I eat. It depends on how hungry I am, what time it is and what my plans for the day are, so this recipe is more about the idea and not the exact amounts that I have as it varies daily.
- quick oats (around 1 cup)
- water (around 2 cups)
- flax seed flour (around 1 tsp)
- cinnamon (around 1/2 tsp)
- 1 banana
- 1 apple/pear
- nuts, seeds, raisins, (granola)
What to do
- mix the oats with water, the flax seed flour and cinnamon in a pot and cut the banana in thick slices into it
- Slowly bring to a boil and stir often
- Let it simmer and soak up the water on low heat until it has the consistency that you like (I like it very thin, so sometimes I even add more water)
- Pour into a bowl, cut the apple on top and add your nuts, seeds, raisins (or other toppings you like/have)
Nuts are very expensive here in Australia. That’s why I buy these nut and fruit mixtures with raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts. Still very expensive (500g for around 6$) but it’s worth it in my opinion because it is super delicious and very healthy and nutritious.
I also don’t cook with oil here and my only other resource of healthy fat is Avocado (and the fat I have when I eat out/ buy food), so the nuts are great to get the good fat in.
Until 2 weeks ago I haven’t had to buy oats at all because I always find packages in the free food shelve which is super handy. They are not very expensive, but it’s still better to get them for free :D The flax seed flour is also from the free food shelve (I know! I am so lucky with that!) and I wouldn’t have bought it otherwise.
At home, I usually used half water, half plant milk for my oatmeal but it is cheaper that way and it still tastes very creamy. When you let your oats allow to sit in the water for long and take your time to cook the porridge, the water will kind of turn into oatmilk anyways.
The banana is the key to this recipe as it gives the porridge the sweetness and without it, it is not even half as delicious! The apple or pear is not as important but still gives the cold freshness, crunchyness, fruityness and deliciousness to the bowl. You can also have other fruit instead obviously, but usually apples or pears are the cheapest here.
Once I found Chrunchy Peanut Granola on Sale at Woolworths which was super delicious to have as a topping, but usually, it is very expensive when you don’t want to have the unhealthy ones with a lot of sugar.
So this is all you need to know about my daily backpacker breakfast in Australia! It obviously varies sometimes with what I get cheap at the store/market, but that’s the usual – very simple, but delicious and healthy!
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We enjoyed a last breakfast in Surfers Paradise and then took the bus to go to Brisbane.
This time we rented an Airbnb in Petite Terrace, only 15 minutes by foot away from the city centre. It was a very nice place and we had an amazing breakfast-/ and sunset views every day.
We walked a bit through the centre, looked around, went food shopping and cooked dinner while watching the sunset.
Saturday was market day at Devies Park, so we walked to West End and I completely fell for that cute market.
A lot of much cheaper fruits and veggies than in the supermarket…
…and so many great food stands with amazing smelling baked goods, yummy food, amazing banana bread, falafel, cute purses and more.
After shopping a lot of good stuff, we walked back and it was so so hot in comparison to Sydney before – you could really feel that you just travelled 1000 kilometres. So we made a small siesta.
I bought avocado toast with scrambled tofu and tomato chutney at the market from a completely vegan food stand and it was so so delicious!
Afterwards, we walked to the Botanical Garden and strolled along the river.
On Sunday we went to another market, as there is not just one market every day in Brisbane (like in Melbourne), but there are different ones on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.
We went to West End again and there is a vegan market every two weeks and I was so in love! We tried vegan Donuts that where so fluffy and yummy and I had a vegan coconut ice cream with fruit and rawnola which was so good as well. They had so much yummy food there: Asian, Lebanesian, Pizza, cupcakes and more and I wish I would have been able to try it all!
Afterwards we went to the Streets Beach in South Brisbane also called ‘the Lagune’ and it is super nice there. Almost feels like a beach with the sand, but it’s human made and in the middle of the city. It was super nice to relax in the heat and we really enjoyed the afternoon.
The next day, we went to the beach again and chilled there for the whole day.
At night, after dinner we went to the cinema as it was 8$ cinema Monday and we watched ‘A Star is Born’ which was such a wonderful movie! Truly one of the best ones I saw in a while and I am in love with the film music! We also had some treats and just a great night overall.
Today we decided to go to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane which was nice.
We had ‘Bagel Boys’ Bagels for lunch that were super delicious – I really love bagels and it reminds me of Canada, because we always had them on our vacation there.
And we couldn’t help ourselves having Gelato Messina’s Ice Cream once again as their Ice Cream is just the best! Even though it is so expensive…
Wednesday was market day again right in the city centre and they once again had a lot of food stands and I wished again to be able to try it all :D I’m just such a foody!
And then we went to the Lagune again… yep, we loved it there as you can tell.
On Thursday we had to leave our Airbnb and Brisbane behind to fly back to Sydney.
Originally we planned to take the train instead of the plane but unfortunately, it is cheaper (and quicker obviously) to fly… very sad for my eco-heart, but I’ll try to avoid flying if possible from now on.
We arrived late in the evening in Bellevue Hill, which is not far from Bondi Beach, we had Quesadillas for dinner (alright, but I just don’t like the taste of soo much cheese anymore..).
Out Airbnb was super cute, small but very clean and our host was so lovely. Those where two last nights for Lisa’s and my trip together and I already knew that I would miss her and having a travel buddy in general, as well as staying in Airbnb’s instead of hostels. They are so much quieter and more private, even though I also really enjoy the hostel-life usually.
On our last whole day together, we had an last exciting thing on our to-do list: we went to see a ballet training and behind the scenes of Spartacus and Cinderella ballet.
It was so great to see professional dancers so close in their training, practicing and I would have loooved to see the real performance for both (Stücke), but unfortunately the tickets are pretty expensive. But it was still such a great experience and I would recommend to everyone who loves ballet or theatre to ask for behind the scenes tickets (they were only around 30$).
For lunch we had Sushi Hub (the last time for Lisa eating super cheap and delicious sushi rolls…) and of course we had to go to Jet Café Bar once againto eat their carrot cake again.
We shopped some souvenirs and treats that Lisa wanted to take home with her to let her friends try, because they have many different things (a bit like in the US) here when it comes to sweets. For example triple chocolate Twix, chocolate mind Kit Kat and of course the famous Tim Tams!
Back at our Airbnb we had a relaxed last night together with a delicious candle light dinner (sweet potato, salad and homemade guacamole) and just laid in bed, ate chocolate and watched series…
Before both of our flights where meant to leave in the evening, we had some time to go to Bond Junction and have a look around in the Westfield shopping centre. Lisa was looking for a bikini/bathing suit the whole trip but she never found something that she loved – but if that’s the case in Australia, I don’t know how to help her :D I could have already bought 20 new bikinis!
For lunch we ate burgers at Grill’d that I wanted to try for a while already. They have a vegan Cheeseburger that was very delicious, but it missed on some greens and tomato to be the perfect burger in my opinion and their sweet potato fries where weird: wedges not fries and seasoned very spicy…but it was still yummy.
As you have probably already realised Lisa and I are real foodies. We love to eat, try new recipes, dishes and restaurants, go food shopping, look at food on Instagram and talk about food. We would both consider ourselves as trying to eat healthy (for me that means mostly vegan, for her high protein :D so pretty different) but we looove to have treats!
So we ended up having a last desert in the shopping centre. I had an apple Danish that was to die for: pastry, pudding and apple – such a good combo!
Afterwards, we had to leave for the airport and say goodbye to each other after being together 24/7 for three weeks. This time really (schweißen uns zusammen) and I am so happy what we did it! It will forever be in our memories and who knows, maybe we’ll end up travelling together again.
So she flew back home to Germany and I wanted to fly to Perth but unfortunately my flight got cancelled.
After some stressful calls, not knowing what to do, figuring out what to do… I ended up going to Bondi again (my happy place in Sydney) and now I’ll try to fly to Western Australia a few days later…
After my cousin and I spend a wonderful week in the big city Sydney, it was time for us to drive through the countryside and explore some cute towns and cities up the east coast as we headed to Brisbane.
Unfortunately, we only had a week time to travel up north to Brisbane because my cousin only had three weeks of vacation in total, so we could only stay for one or two days at each place and had to minimise the stops.
That’s why I will probably travel this part of the East Coast once again myself and go to the places that we didn’t make it to this time.
Our one and only day in Port Macquarie started with pancakes for breakfast at Port Macquarie Backpackers. The hostel is super cute, very small and I really liked the relaxed and familiar atmosphere there.
We walked to the city centre, strolled through the streets and later on to the koala hospital. This is the highlight of Port Macquarie for sure and it is definitely worth to stop by.
At 3pm they do a free tour of the hospital where one of the volunteers tells a lot about the history of the hospital and its patients, how the koalas get treated, as well as some stories of already released patients.
It was super interesting and so nice to see koalas awake (they sleep about 20 hours per day, but at 3pm it is their meal time so they wake up) and very close, but without them being used as a show animal and to amuse tourists.
Afterwards, we walked to the beach with the famous coloured stones and back to the hostel to eat and go to sleep early as we had to wake up in the middle of the night to catch our bus to go to Byron Bay.
After trying to sleep half of the night in the bus we arrived in Byron Bay, had some struggles finding a place to store our bags for the day (because we couldn’t check in that early) and strolled through the city centre.
I really like Byron and its chilled, relaxed surfer vibes with cute little cafés, surf and bikini shops and stores with the cutes hippie chic fashion – I love it!
In the afternoon we decided to do the lighthouse walk and started along the main beach, barefoot in the sand. Later, it got a bit steeper and it was super hot but we made it to the top and had an amazing view. I really want to do that walk once again for sunset as it must be magical lightning at that time!
On that hike you also pass the most eastern point of the Australian main country and get to the famous lighthouse.
On the way back you walk through a beautiful forest and see so many birds and plants.
After the hike, we treated ourselves with some cake. I got a vegan chocolate berry cake and Lisa went for a berry cheesecake.
We checked into the best Airbnb we had on our whole trip. Super big, clean and calm.
I cooked some yummy cheesy vegan pasta. It only took me about 12 minutes and it’s healthy and delicious – you can find the recipe and many more in my blog post on Quick, Cheap, Healthy & Vegan Dinner Recipes!
From that day I got my first little sunburn ever :D I usually never get sunburned, but I probably didn’t apply sunscreen carefully enough. Luckily it didn’t hurt and was already gone after two days.
In the morning Lisa and I worked out in the Airbnb together and had breakfast afterwards.
We went to Tallow beach that was just two streets away from our home and we were almost completely alone at that beach. It is not the main beach in Byron Bay and very long so it felt almost like we had the whole beach to ourselves. But it was also pretty windy which means it was sandy and after that beach day, we had sand EVERYWHERE.
In the late afternoon, we walked to the city and I met Steph again who I met on the Outback tour and I was so so happy to catch up with her and see her before she left to go home to Guatemala a few days later.
The next morning we had a few hours left in the city before we drove further north to Surfers Paradise.
Surfers Paradise is part of the Gold Coast. A part of the east coast south of Brisbane that is very long and includes many cities without endings and beginnings of new cities – they all flow into each other.
We walked through the centre of Surfers Paradise, sat at the beach and later drove to our Airbnb by Uber. That Airbnb was the least nicest and I wouldn’t recommend it, but it was cheap so we survived the two nights there :D
We went grocery shopping at Coles, cooked dinner and enjoyed the wi-fi (a big advantage for Airbnbs! Their internet is always so much better than in the hostels).
We worked out again that morning and had a wonderful view for our daily breakfast: porridge, cooked with oats, cinnamon and water, with fruit and some nuts on top.
Then we walked to the city which was another good workout (1h 15 min) and talked a lot which made it way shorter and more enjoyable. Because the weather wasn’t that great, we sadly couldn’t make a beach day on the Gold Coast…
For lunch we decided to eat very unhealthy that day because we wanted to (and we deserved it :D ) and we had Domino’s pizza. They have a 5$ deal here in Australia with a few of their pizzas and I tried their pizza and their vegan cheese for the first time – and it was great! If I ever crave pizza again, I’ll eat that one again.
And as a dessert we got the Churros from Dominos that were pretty good as well, but not as good as the ones from the Churro shops here.
Even though that day wasn’t that exciting, we were super tired and exhausted from all the walking (and eating :D ).