For busy mornings, instant oatmeal packets are a godsend, but have you considered making your own instant oatmeal jars? You can make your own instant oatmeal by buying oatmeal, dried fruit, and nuts in bulk and saving money at the same time. Use cute mason jars to portion out your meal, or some light zip-lock bags will suffice.
Instant Oatmeal Jars that can be made ahead of time
- a half-cup (40 grams) quick oats, uncooked
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cranberries, dried (or dried fruit of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon slivers of almonds (or nuts of your choice)
- 1 quart of water
Layer the ingredients in the following order to make your oatmeal jar: oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, cranberries, and almond slivers. Make as many jars as you like and keep them in a dry place. If you don’t have mason jars, zip-lock bags can be used to make oatmeal packets. Remember to date your labels so you can keep track of how new they are.
Bring 1 cup water to a rolling boil to cook the oatmeal with boiling water. Fill the oatmeal jar halfway with water and mix well. Allow the oatmeal to soften for 4-5 minutes. Then stir it up and enjoy it!
Pour the oatmeal into a microwave-safe container big enough for it to bubble without spilling, then add 1 cup of water to cook the oatmeal. Microwave for 2 minutes on high (power level 7).
Serves: 1 | Serving Size: 1 oatmeal jar
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 152mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 6g; Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0
Potassium: 170 mg; Iron: 12%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 4%
Energizing Suggestions (optional):
- To raise calories and protein, substitute 1 cup of water with 1 cup of reduced-fat (2%) milk. (Per serving: 351 calories; 11 grammes of total fat; 49 grammes of carbohydrates; 4 grammes of dietary fibre; 19 grammes of sugar; 14 grammes of protein)
- While serving, apply 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to raise calories and healthy fats. (Per serving: 334 calories; 14 grammes of total fat; 41 grammes of carbohydrates; 6 grammes of dietary fibre; 8 grammes of sugar; 10 grammes of protein)
Source: MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES