15 Minute No Cook Oatmeal

oatmeal_fruitBREAKFAST – BEFORE BED – ANYTIME SNACK
This is a REALLY SIMPLE recipe that kids and adults alike will enjoy and it’s especially good to fix if “cooking” is limited or non-existent. I tried it for myself (original cold recipe – no additional add-ins) before putting it online and decided it’s not bad at all. Good recipe for on-the-go! See the notes at the bottom for additional information and ideas.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour rolled, old-fashioned oats (amount is up to you) into a bowl or Mason Jar. Sprinkle on some cinnamon, brown sugar, and a dash of nutmeg. (For more add-ins, see below.)

2. Totally cover with your milk of choice and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Before eating, top with some fresh fruit of choice (optional) and a squirt of honey. Delicious!

If you still prefer warm oatmeal and have access to a microwave, you can microwave for 15-30 seconds (depending on size) on HIGH – after the first 10 minutes. Cold, however, is a great survival food.

For SHORTER STORAGE …  fill a number of mason jars with dry ingredients, cover, and grab one when needed. Just add milk and top with honey or fruit. This is good for short storage depending on the expiration date of oatmeal and other ingredients. If using a Mason Jar, be sure to leave some space at the top of dry ingredients to add fruit or other additional ingredients after the milk.

For LONGER STORAGE …  fill snack-size Zip-lock® bags with dry ingredients and either store in the  refrigerator or freezer. Then, you’ll always have one ready to grab and pour into a container (bowl, Mason jar, Chinet® cup, etc.) and follow remaining directions.

OTHER DRY ADD-INS: (small amounts go a long way)
bran buds-type cereal (for fiber – use as is or ground up)
carob chips
chia / Salba seeds
cocoa
coconut
dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
dried milk powder for added calcium
ground flax seed (if kept in freezer or refrigerator)
low-fat granola
chopped walnuts
other spices like ginger, pumpkin pie spice, etc.
Splenda or dry Stevia powder (in place of honey)
wheat germ (regular or honey-crunch)

OTHER WET ADD-ONS AS TOPPINGS (after sitting for 15 minutes):
apple butter
applesauce
crumble muffin or cookie
fresh or canned fruit (bananas, berries, peaches, mango, etc.)
fruit pie filling (low sugar)
fruit spreads (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, apricot, orange marmalade, cherry, etc.)
ice cream and/or ice cream toppings
pancake syrup
peanut butter or another nut butter
pudding
dash of vanilla
Greek yogurt (low sugar)

SURVIVAL PANTRY ITEMS: oatmeal, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, milk (powdered or canned) plus any of the other add-ins.

FOR GRAB ‘N GO, REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL:
Make the night before (with milk and any add-ins) in a MASON JAR OR OTHER CONTAINER, SHAKE to mix ingredients, and REFRIGERATE. DON’T FORGET THE SPOON! Note: You may need to add more milk or other liquid as oatmeal will absorb most overnight.

NOTE: To take the chill of cold refrigerator oatmeal, add a bit more milk and microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Also, some people don’t like the texture of oatmeal. I ground (pulverized) large amounts of oatmeal all at one time (so it was flour-like consistency) and put in a large glass jar that I keep on my counter with a 1/2 cup measuring scoop inside. Works well!

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats = 1/2 cup ground oats. No volume is lost during grinding.

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