It’s been a cold winter so far, and the thought of drinking a cold breakfast smoothie before heading out to -20 C before windchill, regardless of how delicious it is, just doesn’t jive. Being the kind of person who needs a fast breakfast that I can either eat at home or at work (sometimes I’m just not awake enough to want to eat at home), I pulled together this instant oatmeal mix that is not only delicious but also nutritious. If like me, you live near a bulk dry goods store, this instant oatmeal mix is also cheap.
The basic idea is really to make something that you enjoy and to stop buying processed stuff. This way, I’m not shocking my system with a flood of sugar first thing in the morning, and I get some vitamins, fibre, and protein from dry fruits and nuts.
Because of the dry fruits and nuts combination that I chose, I think of mine as a Nordic oatmeal. It reminds me of muesli.
To make my Nordic instant oatmeal, in a large bowl, stir together:
- 4 cups of quick cook rolled oats
- Heaping half cup each of toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped dried apricots, dried apples, raisins, and chopped dried dates
- A scant cup of toasted and chopped pecans
- 6 level tbsps of coconut sugar (or other non-refined sugar, or skip this step – this amount for 4 cups of oats makes it slightly sweet)
- 2 tsps of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
This makes enough for 2 people for 2 weeks.
To serve, just put some in a bowl and cover with freshly boiled water. Wait a minute or two for the oats to soak up the water. If I have cashew milk or other milk I like to add it in to step it up in texture, but it is totally optional and based on personal preference. If you like your oatmeal really well cooked, microwave it for 30-40 seconds, and watch that it doesn’t boil over!
Some flavour ideas to try:
- Banana nut – use dry bananas and chopped toasted walnuts
- Pumpkin spice – use pumpkin spice, pumpkin seeds, apricots, dates
- Wild Canada – use dried blueberries and cherries, pecans, and maple sugar
- Tropical – use coconut flakes, dried pineapple, dried mango, chopped brazil nuts
What flavour combinations would you make?