03 March 2014

Johnny appleseed oatmeal

Linked up with Simple Lives Thursday.

There are three main problems with packaged instant oatmeal: even "natural" brands like Glutenfreeda contain waaaay too much sugar, even on sale they are waaaay too expensive, and the packets are waaaay too small.

Consider those problems solved.


Johnny Appleseed Instant Oatmeal
(based on a recipe from Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes)

5 cups quick or instant oats
3/4 cup dried apples, diced very small*
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons whole chia seeds
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Stir all ingredients together well, and store in airtight container. (Actually, I keep mine in a large apothecary jar, which is not technically airtight but is quite pretty.) To prepare, put as much as you want into a bowl and add vigorously boiling water a little at a time, stirring well until it's the consistency that you desire. We don't have a microwave, though; you could also add cold water to the bowl and nuke it.
 You might portion this out into Ziplocs if you want to be able to take it with you at the drop of a hat. Or on hurried weekday mornings Jared will often put some into a microwave-safe container and take it to work that way.

This is really not sweet at all, so you may want to add extra honey or sugar to your bowl. :)

*I cut them up with clean kitchen shears since they're so leathery. Or experiment with different dried fruit altogether, like bananas or blueberries or figs! Just try to use fruit without added sugar.

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