Sunday, January 23, 2011

Homemade Hot Oatmeal

My husband and I have been making our own hot oatmeal mix for a few years now. We make a big batch, store it in an airtight container, so it's easy to make a hot, comforting breakfast in about 2 minutes. We buy our ingredients at Sprouts, but you can find these items in bulk at many grocery and health food stores. You'll be surprised how inexpensive and delicious it is. Ingredients can be adjusted to your taste!

Dried fruit:
          Craisins (dried cranberries)
          Golden seedless raisins
          Dark (Thompson) raisins
          Sliced or slivered almonds or other nuts
          Rolled oats (Old-Fashioned, NOT instant)
          Dry milk powder (this makes it extra creamy!) We add about 1/2 cup per batch.
          Protein powder (vanilla or unflavored are delicious & add a little protein)
  1. Mix the dried fruit and nuts in a large bowl.
  2. Add the oats and dry milk and/or protein powder, if desired and mix well. Store in an airtight container.
  3. To make a single serving, add a half cup of oats mixture with a cup of water to a microwave-safe cereal bowl. Heat on high for about 2 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Can top with milk, fruit and brown sugar, if desired. 
***Stovetop directions: Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil, add 1/2 cup oats mixture, stir, then turn heat down, cover and simmer until water is absorbed.

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