I’ve often heard people say that they just don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast that tastes good. This week and next I’m going to give you some fun ways to make delicious and healthy breakfasts, fast! This week it’s oatmeal.
When everybody likes something different or the family is eating at different times, those prepackaged flavored oatmeal packets can be appealing. Don’t do it! They are not only crammed full of unnecessary sugar, but they have next to no nutritional value. Instead, have a breakfast prep party!
What You’ll Need:
- organic old-fashioned rolled oats
- baggies or 1/2 pint jars
- dried fruit (apples, pears, bananas, raisins, dates, cherries, apricots, strawberries, pineapple, etc.)
- nuts (peanuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, etc.)
- spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, powdered ginger, pumpkin pie spice, etc.)
- sweeteners (make brown sugar by mixing 2 parts rapadura with 1 part molasses- you’ll get lots of minerals!)
- anything else you like in your oatmeal (shredded coconut, cocoa powder, etc.)
What to Do:
- Prep any ingredients that need it (toast nuts, chop nuts and fruit, etc.) and put each ingredient in a bowl.
- Give each person several baggies or jars (one for each breakfast serving) and use a sharpie to write the person’s name (it will wash off of the glass- promise!)
- Fill each with one serving of oats (most people eat 1/2 to 1 cup, depending on age) and write the needed amount of water (or milk) on the bag. Note: It’s 2 parts liquid to 1 part oats, but if you’re adding lots of dried fruit, increase the liquid by 1/4 cup. The fruit will absorb some of it.
- Let everybody get creative and mix ingredients into each jar/baggie! In the photo, I have oats, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Once it was cooked, I added sliced banana on top, but I could have added dried banana to the mix, if I had had some.
- When it’s time for breakfast, you (or your older children!!) can just put the noted amount of water in a saucepan and cook up some delicious flavored oatmeal! (If you’ve only ever done instant oatmeal, don’t worry, it’s easy! Bring the water to a boil, add the oatmeal mix you made and turn the heat to low. Stir occasionally until it’s the thickness you like. You can spend the cooking time packing lunch or cleaning the kitchen. 🙂 )
- Feel free to add cream, milk or coconut oil to make it even better.
I love how the flavors meld and the fruit plumps and gets tender when it’s all cooked together. Let everybody get creative with their combinations. Think about foods you love and recreate them. If you have apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and toasted nuts all cooked with the oats, it’ll taste like a big bowl of apple crisp!
One of the best parts about this is that older children and teens can make their own delicious breakfast without trashing out the kitchen hunting for all of the ingredients! Bonus! 😉