Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Holiday Oatmeal Mix

Oatmeal is a breakfast we eat often during the cold, winter months. It is so convenient to have it all prepared in a mix so breakfast can be done in 5 minutes! I prefer using the regular, old-fashioned oats as compared to the quick oats. They take a bit longer to cook, but give me the texture I want. Nutritionally, old-fashioned oats and instant oats offer the same benefits so it truly is a texture thing for me. I packaged a few of these mixes up for family and friends this holiday. I used a sharpie marker to write the instructions on the lid of the snowmen buckets I found to pack them in. You can also package the mix into a ziplock bag or ice cream bucket to store in your pantry.

Holiday Oatmeal Mix

6 cups regular oats
¾ cup dried cranberries
1 cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup slivered almonds
1 Tbsp cinnamon
¾ cup coconut
¾ tsp salt

For 1 serving, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add ¾ cup oatmeal mix. For a larger batch, boil 2 ½ cups water and add 2 ½ cups oatmeal mix. Cook for about 5 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the oats are tender, stirring occasionally. Every now and then, I need to stir in just a little more water because the water is absorbed before the oats are tender. You can also substitute other fruits such as raisins, blueberries, etc. It is always delicious! To make it gluten free, be sure to use gluten-free oats.

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