Monday, June 13, 2016

Cranberry Nut Instant Oatmeal (BONUS RECIPE)

I feel like I should say "Good Morning" with this post.  Seems odd to be working at night, and introducing you to my husbands request, recipe, research project, and now sweet success!

My husband loves a particular brand of instant oatmeal, in little cups and it is fruity and nutty and he just loves it.  He asked a long time ago if I could try to make something similar.  Well fast forward 3 or 4 months, that I was going through other things and last night he finally said to me, "can you PLEAASE make this".  He knew what he wanted for ingredients and sort of researched the technique he wanted to use.  In fact, he was so clear on his direction, I am not sure why he didn't do all of it himself.  He did help a bit, and then decided to play with Sofia.  She did let me get a little pic of her from the kitchen!

I am not a fan of the oatmeal.  It is glorified baby food and unless it is in a cookie or in a crumb topping, I am out people.  Can you believe he made me try this?  OMG, the consistency of oatmeal, the feeling of mush on my tongue, EW.  Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew.  I told him I was going to have to trust him on this one.  He picked ingredients that might not have been first on my list but they were on his and this is for his enjoyment and his development project!

There is one thing we disagree on.  Now you can put this in a big jar with a measuring cup inside or put it into snack bags to make your own "instant oatmeal packets".  Where we disagree is that he thinks you should add 2/3 cup of the mix and I say closer to 3/4 of a cup. So if you like it thinner, go less, if you like it thicker, go heavier on it.  If you put it in a mug, and have a Keurig, put it right under that baby, use the smallest size which I think on some is 6 or 8 oz.  Or just add that much hot water to the mug and microwave 30 seconds and let sit.

Now that we have that whole technicality out of the way, let me get to what you need for this Cranberry Nut Oatmeal!

10 cups quick oats (this will be divided so read carefully
8 oz. nuts of your choice we used a combo of almonds and macadamia
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
6 oz. package of dried cranberries
1 cup powdered milk
1 tsp salt

Ok, first... In a food processor or blender, pour in 2 cups of your oats and blend them to almost powder.  When you are done add them to a large bowl.  Add in the 8 cups of unpulverized oats as well.  Add in brown sugar, cranberries which you can chop into smaller pieces as well if you choose.  Finish up with the powdered milk and salt.  Mix to combine.  I would do this in my kitchen aid next time, part laziness and part quicker!

You are officially done!  Quick breakfast or snack, like I mentioned above portion out into snack bags or keep in a big jar.  Use 2/3 (or 3/4!) cup for the perfect consistency,  if you are using the smallest cup setting on your Keurig.  (I believe is 1 cup) I mean, more or less if you find it isn't YOUR perfect consistency!

ENJOY and thanks babe for your genius love for oatmeal and helping me!

 PS. Sofia watched me most of the time while I was making this, just hoping for something to hit the floor!

Apple Cinnamon Nut!

2 cups food processed quick oats
1 cup roughly crunched up apple chips
8 cups regular quick oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup powdered milk
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and divide into individual baggies for a quick breakfast or snack or put into a large container with a lid and a scoop and enjoy!

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