Oatmeal Blend with Super Seeds

Yesterday, I wrote about the oatmeal blend that I like to have for breakfast when I’m not having an egg on English muffin. I started making my own blend when the Trader Joe’s by me stopped selling their Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal mix. I never used to eat oatmeal before because I always found the taste and texture of the Quaker Oats packets unpalatable, but the blend of slow cooking oats, seeds, and almonds makes for a comforting, nutritious (hello protein and fiber), and naturally sweet porridge with a pleasant mouthfeel.

Pre-Banana and Water

5 cups or 16 ounces rolled oats (slow cooking kind)
1/3 cup sliced, raw almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup hemp hearts
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup water (daily portion)
1 tablespoon PB2 (daily portion)
Generous sprinkling of cinnamon (daily portion)
1 ripe banana (daily portion)

1.       Combine oats, almonds, and seeds.
2.       Shake mixture vigorously to fully incorporate.
3.       For daily portion:
a.       Scoop 1/3 cup of oatmeal blend into a microwave safe bowl.
b.       Add water, PB2, cinnamon, and ripe banana.
c.       Microwave for 55 seconds.
d.       Microwave for another 55 seconds. I break up the microwave time to prevent heat pockets building up into an oatmeal volcano.
e.       Mix everything together with a spoon, chopping up the banana with the spoon edge, if needed.
f.        Enjoy!
I usually like to meal prep five servings of the daily portions at a time by adding the oatmeal blend, PB2, and cinnamon in a 2-cup Pyrex. You will need to transfer to a larger bowl before you add the banana and water. Or use a larger Pyrex if you want to save on dishes.

You can add more water if you like it more liquidy and cut back to ½ ripe banana if you don’t want it quite so sweet. Using online calorie estimates, one serving is approximately 275 calories. More if you use a larger banana.


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