I happen to dig oats for breakfast, at home, or on the trail. For one, they are healthy for you (hello cholesterol ridding fiber!) but they also are tasty, if prepared right. My eyes landed on a new line from Quaker® Oats last week, unsweetened bulk instant oats with flavor – but most notably, they come in a resealable bag. Toss one of these in your food bag and you have breakfast all week (each bag has 8 full servings). And a handy thickener for any dinners that have too much water…..if you get the cinnamon flavor. My only quibble is I usually avoid Quaker products and use Bob’s Red Mill but…I also realize convenience can trump better quality (and being behind non-GMO as well – which Bob’s is).
Quaker® Perfect Portions, which come in cinnamon and maple. Yes, making instant oats isn’t hard – it is simply whole old-fashioned oats ground down, this is an easy grab and go item – no thinking needed. No thinking needed for trail meals. It is a blend of finely chopped oats and oat flour (which is simply finely ground oats) and flavorings. It is a whole grain, just with less prep needed. ½ cup dry oats nets you 6 grams protein and 4 grams fiber.
You can prepare them via all the main methods – FBC (Freezer Bag Cooking), Insulated Mug and One Pot. They can be made with water or milk. Use your favorite sweetener and dried fruits. How did I prepare a bowl each, for Kirk and I?
I prepped them similar to how we have our daily oats, drizzling on top a packet each of the delicious Superfood Nut Butters from Artisana® Organic Foods.
My choice was the Acai Berry Nut Butter. A blend of raw organic cashew butter, almond oil, acai powder, elderberry powder, agave, vanilla powder, stevia and sea salt. Delicious and lightly sweet, it takes raw nut butters to where they hadn’t been before – in a handy single serving packet. The Berry AntiOxidant is a blend of raw organic cashew butter, almond oil, goji berry powder, elderberry powder, agave and stevia.
Looks like chocolate sauce? Yes, but what vivid berry flavor!
Super Food Oats
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (see below for options)
- 1 cup cinnamon oats (or quick-cooking 1 minute oats)
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 Tbsp sweetener of choice (see below for options)
- 2 ½-ounce packets nut butters of choice
Directions (One Pot Method):
Bring milk, raisins and sweetener to boil, add in oats, lower heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Take off heat, let cool a bit, stir and divide, drizzle with 1 packet nut butter as desired, on each serving, fold in and enjoy.
FBC and Insulated Mug Method:
Pack the oats, raisins and dry sweetener in a quart freezer or sandwich bag.
Bring 1½ cups water to boil, let cool a bit, then add to the freezer bag, stirring. For mug, add dry ingredients, adding boiling water and stirring.
On sweeteners - use what you prefer, be it granulated sugar, brown sugar, coconut palm sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, raw agave, raw honey, stevia to taste…and so on.
On milk – while I used unsweetened almond milk (which can be sourced in single serving and 4 cup shelf stable packages), any milk or milk powder may be used. Dry soy and rice powders can be sourced, grated coconut cream powder, dry dairy milk as well. Use 1 Tablespoon per cup water, add to dry ingredients, then add water as directed. Or leave it out and make with plain water, although it will be less creamy.
FTC Disclaimer: We received nut butter product samples for potential review/recipe use.