Pantry Oatmeal

27 Jun

It’s summer, which means fresh produce, and obscene amounts of it. But what happens when life runs you over, and doesn’t allow for a trip to the grocery or farmers market? You dip into your pantry stash, of course! Breakfast oatmeal never needs to be forgone just because you don’t have fresh berries lying around. And when that’s the case, you make due with whatever is still in your house until you can go shopping again.

If you suffer the same fate, throw these ingredients together for a quick and hearty breakfast! You’ll need it to get through these hot summer days.

Pantry Oatmeal

Serves 1, can be multiplied for roommates suffering the same fate

  • 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal or wheat germ
  • 1/4 C unsalted nut of choice – peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seed, etc.
  • 1/4 C dried fruit of choice – cranberries, raisins, tropical fruit, pineapple, banana chips, etc.
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips, shredded coconut, whatever you have on hand! – optional
  • 3/4 – 1 C skim or non-dairy milk

Overnight version:

The night before you want to eat it… Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl with a lid and stir well (I used peanuts and dried cranberries with semi-sweet chocolate chips). Pour in milk, and mix it up. Cover with lid and keep in fridge overnight, or at least four hours. In the morning, set out for 10 minutes. Eat it cold, or microwave 90 seconds to warm it up. Enjoy!

Stovetop version:

Bring milk to a boil. Cook oats according to package directions or your preference, with the cinnamon and flaxseed/wheat germ. In the last minute, add nuts and dried fruit. Finish cooking and pour into serving bowl. Top with optional ingredients, if using. Eat and enjoy!

What do you do for breakfast when you run out of fresh produce?

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