Monday, May 31, 2010

Homemade Oatmeal Packets: Awesome!

We've found this fabulous recipe for a a variety of healthy snacks at work, or school: Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets.
Awesome idea, very nutritional, flexible and delicious!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Basic Recipe:
- 3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
- Salt
- Small sized Zip Baggies

Put 1/2 cup oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you're using a food processor, you can do the 1 cup of oats in one batch. Put the following ingredients into each zip baggie: 1/4 cup un-powdered oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Store in an airtight container.

To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water - for thinner oatmeal, use more water.

Add different dried fruits and flavorings to taste:
- 1 TB raisins, 1 TB brown sugar, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 TB chopped walnuts.
- 1/2 cup frozen dried strawberries and bananas.
- 1 TB date sugar, 2 TB freeze dried apples, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 TB chopped pecans.
- 2 TB dried blueberries, 1 tsp. sugar, 1/8 tsp. orange zest, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla powder (found in the bulk spices section at my local health food store).
- 1 TB finely shredded coconut and 2 TB chopped dried pineapple.

So many options, just use your imagination and it will never get boring!

Sources: and Vegan Lunch Box

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