Quick and Easy Instant Oatmeal Jars

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Adding whole grains such as oatmeal into your diet can provide many benefits including lowering blood pressure and improving your body's reaction to stress.

Oatmeal can even boost your serotonin levels, inducing a feeling of calmness. Ahhh!

This week I share my recipe for healthy instant oatmeal jars. They’re the perfect way to have an easy ready-to-go snack or meal.

And I have three flavorful varieties you can choose from.

I recommend using mason jars or some other air-tight containers to hold the mixtures. Then block out an hour over the weekend to make up a batch. You'll find it's so simple to whip up enough to last several days or a week that you'll want to add this to your meal planning and prepping routine.

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Choose Your Oats

All the recipes start with 1/2 cup of oats. You can use instant for a more porridge-like consistency or if you prefer a thicker consistency, use old-fashioned rolled oats. If you are gluten free, be sure to chose certified gluten free oats. 

To Sweeten or Not

Play with the sweetness to find what makes you happy. The recipes include an optional 0-2 teaspoons of sugar, or if you prefer, you can substitute honey or maple syrup.

Texture Is Up to You

The recipes call for 1/2 cup of boiling water, but you can use hot milk for a thicker texture. Or if you like your oatmeal less thick, add more water or milk until you find the right consistency for you.

Storage

The mixes will keep well at room temperature for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Chocolate Almond Cherry Oatmeal Jar

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tbsp chopped dark chocolate
1 tbsp freeze-dried or dried tart cherries
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
0-2 tsp sugar, to taste (optional)

Directions

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients. Stir to mix. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.
To prepare, pour 1/2 cup boiling water to the jar. Stir well and cover for 5 minutes allowing the oats to thicken. Mix and enjoy.

Strawberry Flax Meal Oatmeal Jar

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp ground flax meal
2 tbsp freeze-dried or dried strawberries
Pinch of sea salt
0-2 tsp sugar, to taste (optional)

Directions

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients. Stir to mix. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.
To prepare, pour 1/2 cup boiling water to the jar. Stir well and cover for 5 minutes allowing the oats to thicken. Mix and enjoy.

Caramel Cashew Oatmeal Jar

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp chopped dates
1 tbsp cashew pieces
Pinch of sea salt
0-2 tsp sugar, to taste (optional)

Directions

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients. Stir to mix. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.
To prepare, pour 1/2 cup boiling water to the jar. Stir well and cover for 5 minutes allowing the oats to thicken. Mix and enjoy.

Do you eat oatmeal? If so, what’s your favorite flavor? If no, why not? Share in the comments. I’d love to know!

References:

1. https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-diet-for-stress-management

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Stacy Karen

Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle.

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