Can you tell I love breakfast now? Well I do, and I will warn you, breakfast posts will not stop, especially now that warm breakfasts are a necessity. It’s December, and with the wind chill off the water I’m lucky if I’m not an icicle by the time I walk to work. Knowing that I’ve got a warm breakfast (and my handy french press) to look forward to makes a cold morning much easier. Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast, and a great bargain at that! You can always pick up plain oats at a great sale price at the market, which is good for my budget but not so much for my palate – plain oatmeal... not exciting. But, with a few extra ingredients and hardly any time, you can turn those plain packs into delicious ways to start your day!
-Instant Oatmeal (I used gluten free)
-Dried Fruit (I like to use the dehydrated kind)
Figure out what sort of flavors you’d like, and set spices/fruit aside. I found a great deal on dehydrated apple/blueberry and strawberry/mango mixes…two large bags for $2! The catch? They are marketed as “toddler food.” Don’t knock it until you try it – you’re more likely to find a sale on kids food as opposed to the other brands, and it’s really the same thing. My flavor combinations were blueberry lemon peel, apple cinnamon, and strawberry mango. Once decided, label your bags and put just shy of half a cup of instant oats in each one. Next, add in about ¼ cup dried fruit, and 1t of spices. Here’s the breakdown for my flavors:
Blueberry Lemon Peel: Blueberries, 1t dried lemon peel (can be found in the spice aisle)
Apple Cinnamon: Apples, 1t cinnamon with a few shakes of ginger, clove, and nutmeg
Strawberry Mango: Just the fruit!
I wouldn’t reccomend pre-sweetening your oatmeal packs – they won’t be professionally sealed like the traditional packs, and I think adding the sugar will reduce the shelf life of your oatmeal.
When you’re ready to eat, just prepare as if it were plain oatmeal!