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Brown Sugar & PB Oats

Morning everyone….Saturday, May 18th, was the 33rd anniversary of Mt. St. Helens losing her top. Since I remember it happening (we lived very close at the time) I am sure you all can figure out I am getting ancient 😉 Here is a reminder that she isn’t quite done either…we were out hiking on July 27th, 2005, when Helens was quite active again, and saw some neat venting!


As I was prepping this recipe to be included in the recent issue of Wa Trails Magazine, the May/June 2013 issue, we found out our youngest son, Alistaire, has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. Oh, that was a huge game changer for us, a family that loved peanut anything. Overnight, after everything calmed down (add in one trip to the ER, bloodwork and Epi-Pens) I realized I had no photos of this recipe. Usually when I am prepping recipes for publication I do test runs, then do the final version and Kirk shoots photos. Well, I couldn’t re-do this recipe. I had dumped everything peanut out of our home as fast as I could. Thing is, I’ll revisit this recipe later – just featuring Sunbutter packets instead.


Brown Sugar & PB Oats

Pack in a quart freezer bag or sandwich bag: 

  • 1 cup 1-minute oats
  • 1/4 cup dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp raisins or diced dried fruit/berries
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Also take:

Freezer Bag Method:

Bring 2 cups water to a near boil, add water to dry ingredients, stirring in slowly. Seal bag and let sit for a minute, open and stir well, add in nut butter.

Insulated Mug Method:

Bring 2 cups water to boil, add dry ingredients to a large insulated mug, stirring well. Cover and let sit for a minute, stir in nut butter.

One Pot Method:

Bring 2 cups water to boil, add in dry ingredients, stirring well. Take off heat and let rest for a minute. Stir in nut butter.

Serves 2.


Justin’s nut butter packets are the perfect size and readily available at most grocery stores and REI stores.

To serve two easily, carry an extra quart freezer bag. Cuff down to make a “bowl”, divide oatmeal and enjoy.


2 thoughts on “Brown Sugar & PB Oats

  1. Just “tested” this out and my kids loved it. Great recipe! Rave reviews all around. I was looking for something new for this weekend’s backpack trip. Best of all, finally a good use for my case of Justin’s packets that have been sitting in the pantry.

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