Updated: Mar 8, 2022
Breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day, sure, but it can also sometimes be the most stressful. I mean, aren't we all running around in the morning like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get out the door on time? That can't just be me, right??
While a good smoothie (like this one) is my go-to for the mornings that I'm really running late, when I have just a few extra minutes I like to make a bowl of oatmeal, and this mix is my new favorite. I make it in a big ol' batch so that I just need to scoop some into a bowl and cover it in boiling water for a super quick, super healthy, and super duper tasty breakfast. The fiber from the whole grains and the protein and healthy fats from the walnuts and chia seeds keep me full, the dates and mangoes provide sweetness without any added sugar, and the Toasted Coconut Turmeric Blend tastes so good it makes me feel like I'm glowing from the inside out. So ditch those sugar-filled oatmeal packets you've been buying and mix up a batch of this Golden Oatmeal Mix today.
Oh, and for all you happy campers out there, this makes an excellent camping breakfast!
UPDATE: If you're dying to get your hands on some of this oatmeal mix but don't want to make it yourself, you can now purchase it here. Each 16-ounce jar makes four servings.
Golden Oatmeal Mix
Makes about 10 cups of mix (20 servings)
4 cups rolled oats
3 cups multigrain hot cereal mix (see note below)
1 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup dried mango, chopped
1/4 cup oat milk powder (optional but adds a nice creaminess without having to add any dairy)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons Toasted Coconut Turmeric Blend
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix well. Transfer to an airtight container to store.
To serve, place 1/2 cup mix in a bowl and cover with 2/3 to 3/4 cup boiling water (depending on how thick you like your oatmeal). Cover and let stand 5 minutes before enjoying. Eat as is or top as desired with fresh fruit, more nuts, a drizzle of honey, or whatever brings you joy.
Note: I buy a 6-grain hot cereal mix in the bulk section of my local Sprouts Farmers Market, which includes hard red wheat, soft white wheat, barley, rye, rolled oats, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). You can substitute any hot cereal mix you like (Bob's Red Mill makes a good one), use a farina hot cereal mix, or simply replace this with an extra 3 cups of rolled oats if you prefer a gluten-free mix.