When I was little, I ate oatmeal all the time. And by oatmeal I mean the convenient flavored packets. At my office, a lot of people eat oatmeal for breakfast, including myself. However, there's something about those packets that makes me wonder. For one, I always have a funky taste in my mouth after I eat them. Secondly...what exactly is in that powder? Also, have you ever read the ingredient list for the strawberries and cream or peaches and cream flavors? Those "strawberries" or "peaches" that you're eating actually are dehydrated apples, and then there is flavoring to make it taste like the fruit. That seems a liiiiittle devious to me. Yet despite all those factors, I was still eating the packets. Until now.

I came across this recipe on the Sprinkled With Flour blog and immediately was intrigued. I had never had steel cut oats before, but they're good--they have some texture to them. In case you've never had them, let me save you a head-scratching minute of standing in the breakfast aisle looking at the oats. They're not there. They're in the fancy flours section (or the organic section). I found them at my regular grocery store with all the small Bob's Red Mill bags...those little bags with the yellow or blue labels.

The great thing about these is that you boil the oats at night, place them in the individual jars, and let them sit on the counter overnight. The next morning, you add your sweetener/spices/fruit and stick them in the fridge. There's a bit of prep work involved, but it's so easy when you're ready to eat. You can grab a jar, take it to work or wherever, microwave it, and eat. No more packets with questionable ingredients! The original recipe calls for 6 jars, but I switched this to 8 because I don't like to eat a lot for weekday breakfasts. Plus, it was hard to stir in the add-in ingredients, and when I heated them up in the microwave they overflowed. So your jars will be a little less full than the ones in my pictures. If you like a big breakfast or you're making them for hungry people, I would use 6 or 7 jars. Or you can use bigger jars, too. 

Update (April 17, 2012): I ate my last jar this morning (more than 2 weeks after I made them), and it still tasted great. It didn't have any fruit in it, so I'm not sure how long those would last. If you have jars with just spices in them, you can keep them for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.

Grab and Go Oatmeal
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1 2/3 cups steel cut oats
4 cups water
Pinch of salt

8 half-pint jars (8 ounces)

In a large saucepan, combine the oats, water, and salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes and then turn off the heat. Using a large spoon or ladle, spoon the oats and water into the jars. Cover tightly and let sit on the counter overnight.

The next morning, add the spices/sweetener/fruit for the flavors you want. I used sugar, but I think you could use Splenda or another sweetener with good results. I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of spice. I ended up doubling both of those, but you can adjust according to your tastes. Here's the flavor combinations I tried:
 
Strawberry:
1 tablespoon sugar
1 strawberry cut into pieces

Brown sugar cinnamon:
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon raisin:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons raisins

Apple cinnamon:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 of a Granny Smith apple peeled and cut into small pieces. Microwave with a splash of lemon juice for 30 seconds to 1 minute until soft.

Cinnamon spice:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash nutmeg

Stir the ingredients of your desired flavor and 2 tablespoons of milk (optional) into the jars. Seal tightly and store in the fridge. When you're ready to eat, microwave for 2-3 minutes until hot. You also can add the milk before or after you microwave them.

Once peaches come into season or I have enough motivation to buy a bag of frozen peaches, I plan on trying peaches with 1 tablespoon sugar, too.

My favorite flavor so far is the apple cinnamon. Love it. The cinnamon raisin is good, but the raisins get very plump sitting in the liquid for so long. If you aren't a fan of that, I would make it without the raisins and then add the raisins in right before you microwave it to eat.

Source: Barely adapted from Sprinkled With Flour
 


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04/06/2012 6:24am

these look awesome, how long do you think they'll last?

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She Makes and Bakes
04/06/2012 6:46am

So far, I've had them in my fridge for almost a week, and they're still good. I have two left, so I'll let you know about those next week.

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04/06/2012 8:50am

So, to do this right, make the oats, spoon in the jars, cover, then sit overnight. THEN, add your additional topping/flavors, refrigerate after that. Just want to make sure I'm getting those steps right. I want to make these for my hubby, I think he'll love these. He's always looking for something to grab and go for work.

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She Makes and Bakes
04/06/2012 9:54am

That's exactly how to do it. Let me know what you think!

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She Makes and Bakes
04/06/2012 12:16pm

Hi, I just made an update to the recipe. I actually used half pint jars...not pint jars. Just wanted to inform you in case you had printed it off already.

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04/06/2012 10:24am

This is a great idea. I love having breakfast all ready to go in the morning. A little prep work on Sunday is OK with me.

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She Makes and Bakes
04/06/2012 12:17pm

I just made an update to the recipe. I actually used half pint jars...not pint jars. Just wanted to post that in case anyone had printed it off already.

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04/06/2012 4:11pm

I LOVE this idea: portable, simple and HEALTHY. Lovely to meet you on Tasty Kitchen from your newest fan! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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04/10/2012 9:34am

Love this idea. I'm always looking for quick but healthy oatmeal breakfasts. I'm going to give this one a try!

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04/10/2012 6:57pm

I love anything in half-pint (or full pint, for that matter!) jars. It's just so cute and appealing! Very good idea. :)

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04/10/2012 8:10pm

Wheat berries or steel cut oats are my go to breakfast everyday of the week. Thanks for spreading the word that grains are not that difficult to prepare. Once you've tried these you'll never go back to processed cereals again.

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04/11/2012 11:46am

OK - this is so on point. I WAS JUST thinking about what the heck is in those little packets and, after reading this, I think it's time to break out that jar of steel cut oats that is in the pantry and I need to experiment. Thank you SO much for posting this!

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05/22/2012 11:07pm

My favourite is apple cinnamon. I make my oats every morning. It would be so easier to make enough for a week. Thanks for sharing.

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Món ăn gì nhìn hấp dẫn quá vậy bạn
11/30/2012 6:59am

Món ăn gì nhìn hấp dẫn quá vậy bạn

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02/14/2013 12:05pm

I love this! Question: should I do anything differently if I'm using rolled oats?

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She Makes and Bakes
02/14/2013 9:37pm

I've never made this using rolled oats, but I think the cooking time is pretty different between the two. It's definitely going to be an experiment if you try it that way! You may want to scale the recipe back a lot in case it doesn't work.

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Kaye
01/03/2014 5:15pm

Can I reuse the lids?

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She Makes and Bakes
01/06/2014 9:57am

You can reuse the jars and the lids.

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