Monday, January 5, 2009

Homemade Oatmeal Packets



My three year old loves oatmeal! I am very thankful for that fact, and try to encourage it. I came up with these packets so that I can save money by buying oatmeal in the canister and have a little more control on the sugar (and sneak some flax seed in there too! Shhh!) Thanks to the pre-packed portion size he can easily help himself (though I still pour the hot water) and I don't have to measure it out, and break out the brown sugar, flax seed, and cinnamon every morning.

Thrifty's Oatmeal Packets

For each packet:
1/2 cup quick-cook oats
1 Tbs ground flax seeds
1 Tbs brown sugar (You can use less of course. 1 Tbs brown sugar = 12g sugar. I will probably lower the amount for my son over time, but I want him to keep liking the oatmeal, so 1 Tbs is good to start.)
A couple dashes of salt
A few dashes of cinnamon.

Seal it all up in a little baggie, then all you have to do is dump it into a bowl, add hot water, and stir!

Other options you may like to add:
~Raisins or other dried fruit.
~Nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
~Nuts like cashew pieces, almonds, or pecan pieces

You can always add on top!
~Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries or bananas
~Honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup (in which case you may want to omit the brown sugar from the recipe)

Have fun coming up with your own creations, and let your kids help! Feel free to share your ideas!