Main Dish | September 29, 2014

Cranberry, Almond, and Walnut Oatmeal Mix

Oatmeal has been a big staple for breakfasts ever since we gave up our daily (and nightly) cereal with milk routine. Recently we decided to create a budget (or whatever…..grumble grumble grumble) so I’ve been trying to look into areas where I could slash my grocery bill. Steve took the time to soak oats overnight using real oats with almond milk, and I always just used those convenient little low-sugar packets for the kids and me and called it a wash. Weeellllll those little babies add up, and again, anything processed is just that: processed. I can guarantee you there are things in there that we can do just fine without.

Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Mix in a white bowl with a spoon

To create that creaminess you get with those little packets, I ground up some oats and almonds. Added in the rest of the whole oats, whole nuts, all-natural craisins from the bulk bins at Sprouts (those plump up perfectly into half-cranberries when microwaved with your oatmeal!), dried blueberries and cherries, some brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and flaxseed, and created a delicious mix! Each morning we scoop some of the mix into a bowl, add water or almond milk, microwave a minute, and you have a piping hot bowl of all-natural, anti-oxidant-rich, fiber-full, omega-three-containing, flavorful oatmeal. Check out my yummy pumpkin fall oatmeal here

Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Mix in a blender

I put the mix in this huge canister with a lid and keep it in our pantry for mornings.

Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Mix in a glass container

And just like a lot of recipes, this one can totally be altered to fit your individual palate. Do freeze-dried strawberries instead of craisins. Replace the walnuts with cashews. Sometimes we like to add applesauce after it’s cooked. One cup of brown sugar may seem like a lot, but when it’s in ratio with 10 cups of oats, 2 c of nuts, 1 c of craisins, it’s not that much. You can of course decrease the brown sugar if you’d like (or increase it if you have a sweet tooth), but I found this was the optimal amount for us that we liked to still be tasty, but not overwhelmingly sweet or unhealthy.

Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Mix in a large glass container and some in a white bowl

So. Much. Goodness.

Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Mix in a white bowl with a spoon

5 from 1 vote
Cranberry, Almond, and Walnut Oatmeal Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
 

An easy way to prepare a healthy breakfast oatmeal mix that will last for weeks!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Oatmeal
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
  • 10 c old-fashioned oats not quick oats, separated
  • 1 c almonds
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1 c craisins dried blueberries, and/or dried cherries
  • 1 c walnuts
  • 1 c ground flaxseed
Instructions
  1. Blend 2 c oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in blender until ground medium-fine.
  2. Add remaining 8 c oats, craisins, walnuts, and flaxseed into large container. Stir in ground oats mixture. Store covered with lid.
  3. To serve, mix 1/2 c mix with 3/4 c liquid (water, almond milk, milk, etc.). Microwave in glass bowl 1 minute.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry, Almond, and Walnut Oatmeal Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 309mg9%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. My kids and I eat instant oatmeal almost every day. Even though I buy organic, I still end up having to add a bunch of extra stuff so I feel it is healthier. This will make my life just as easy, but so much healthier! Thank you so much for the recipe!