Now that Hailey is in school a couple days a week and life, as always, keeps rolling along in a busy fashion, I am learning to appreciate a quick breakfast. I sometimes still cook up eggs and bacon, but it doesn’t fly for every morning anymore. So I’ve been looking for quick options that are healthy, delicious and kid-friendly.
The microwavable oatmeal packets in the store are convenient, but they are also usually high in sugar (12-14g), expensive and come in standard flavors. I discovered it’s easier to customize your own packets so you can control the sugar, the quality of oats (if you wanted gluten-free) and design it to fit your tastes!
It’s really quite simple. The base always starts out the same.
In each snack-sized ziplock bag add the following:
- 1/3 cup rolled oat (you can you instant oats for a faster cook time, but I used original)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp of raw sugar (or to taste) (1 tsp = roughly 4.2g sugar)
- a dash of salt
From there, gather your favorite mix-ins. Dried or dehydrated fruits area great option.
As are nuts.
You will want to add 1-2 Tablespoons of the mix-ins to each packet, then label each bag with it’s designated flavor combo.
If you are feeling really wild, you could add in some premium ingredients:
- protein powder
- chia seeds
- PB2 (peanut butter powder)
- cocoa powder
- shredded coconut
- flax seeds
When ready to eat, empty packet contents into a microwavable bowl that has room for oats to double in size. Add 1/2 cup of water or milk and microwave 2-3 minutes (for regular rolled oats) until it reaches desired consistency.
These save money and sugar and allow you or your kids to customize your favorite flavors!
What is your favorite quick breakfast?