Two Quick Ways To Have Oatmeal

Last week my friend, Alice, and I taught a class on healthy eating. One of the things we shared with the class was the grab-and-go oatmeal packet recipe. Although I was interested in the convenience of having my breakfast pre-packaged while still being able to control its contents, I wasn't sure I would like the actual recipe. I discovered that I not only appreciate the ease of having these packets prepared ahead of time, but I also think the taste is super! I decided to make both of the grab and go oatmeal recipes. It was a smart and healthy thing to do. This really is a brilliant idea, because you can change the recipe to fit your dietary needs and taste. For instance, change out the milk with protein powder or use no milk at all. Flax, chia seed and oat bran can be added for additional nutrition and taste. I was especially thrilled with how well the different sugar alternatives work in this recipe. The kids, of course, prefer the brown sugar.

My favorite is the oatmeal parfait. It has become my favorite quick breakfast or afternoon snack. To make sure these really would be worth making in bulk, I tried the oatmeal parfait on three granddaughters, Ally (age 8) and Kara and Maren (both age 6). I had to test it to see if it was kid friendly. I wish I would have taken a picture of their faces. If you want to know the truth, ask a kid! Success!! They not only said they liked it but they kept eating it too!

    Jeanne Wolfley
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2008
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Grab And Go Oatmeal Packets

These oatmeal packets can be used anytime of the day. A great grab and go breakfast! Directions for hot oatmeal and for cold oatmeal parfait.

Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 1

Serving size: 1
Calories per serving: 216

1/3 cup instant oats
2 teaspoons powdered milk or protein powder
2 teaspoons oat bran
1 teaspoon chia powder of flax seed powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon to one tablespoon dried sweetener of your choice
pinch of salt
1/8 cup dried fruit or nuts (or both) of your choice

Mix all the above ingredients together. Choose your sweetener and add-ins. Pack into a zip-lock bag or jar. Direction
To prepare hot oatmeal – Add 1/2 -3/4 cup boiling water to Basic Recipe pre-packaged packet. Let mixture sit for 3 minutes. Grab and Go!

Sweeteners (Your Choice)

  • Maple sugar powder

  • Xylitol

  • Powder honey

  • Stevia

  • Coconut sugar

  • Brown sugar or pure can sugar

Add-in Ingredients (Your Choice)

  • Dried or dehydrated fruits

  • Chopped nuts

  • Cocoa powder

  • PB2 (peanut butter powder)

  • Coconut

  • Spices (nutmeg, cardamom or ground vanilla bean)

Oatmeal Flavor Ideas

  • Apple Cinnamon

  • Blueberry Pecan

  • Cherry almond

  • Cranberry Walnut

  • Raspberry Vanilla

  • Peanut butter and Chocolate

  • Peanut butter and freeze dried bananas

Hot Oatmeal
To prepare hot oatmeal – Add ½ - ¾ cup boiling water to Basic Recipe pre-packaged packet. Let mixture sit for 3 minutes. Grab and Go!

Oatmeal Parfait
In a pint jar; mix 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup yogurt and 1 packet of the Basic Recipe. Stir or shake in jar and let sit for several hours or overnight. Grab and Go!

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