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Blog Special: Holiday Gifts – Part 2, Oatmeal Mixes


Winter and holiday flavors are packed in these oatmeal mixes. This is a tasty, nutritious, and filling gift to give. Besides these four, try other flavor combinations you enjoy.

Feel free to use the decorative gift tags for each recipe, and let us know how you made each mix your own.

To see each mix prepared, watch the videos for:

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Oatmeal Mix

In the cold weather, warm up any variation of this oatmeal mix. Use mix within 2 months.

Spiced Hot Cocoa (serves 5)

2 1/2 cups quick-cooking (1-minute) oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg

To prepare mix as a gift, in a wide-mouth quart Mason jar, layer oats and remaining ingredients in any pattern desired. Seal lid and ring, and decorate as desired.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 310 calories, 12g fat, 0mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 9g protein

Recipe adapted from: Spicy Oatmeal Cereal, Illinois Nutrition Education Programs recipes

To prepare on stovetop:
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 4 cups water or milk to boiling. Add jar of oatmeal mix.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute or until oatmeal is cooked and liquid is absorbed. If mixture is too thick, add more water or milk.

To prepare in microwave:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 4 cups water or milk. Microwave on HI for 2-3 minutes. Microwaved oatmeal can overflow, so watch it carefully to prevent a mess.

To turn into overnight oats:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large bowl. Add 4 cups water or milk, and mix to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before eating and add more water or milk, as desired.
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Pecan Pie (serves 4)

2 cups quick-cooking (1-minute) oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

To prepare mix as a gift, in 4 half-pint Mason jars, layer oats and remaining ingredients in any pattern desired. Seal lids and rings, and decorate as desired.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 390 calories, 22g fat, 5mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 8g protein

To prepare on stovetop:
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 4 cups water or milk to boiling. Add jar of oatmeal mix.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute or until oatmeal is cooked and liquid is absorbed. If mixture is too thick, add more water or milk.

To prepare in microwave:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 4 cups water or milk. Microwave on HI for 2-3 minutes. Microwaved oatmeal can overflow, so watch it carefully to prevent a mess.

To turn into overnight oats:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large bowl. Add 4 cups water or milk, and mix to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before eating and add more water or milk, as desired.

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Apple, Walnut & Raisin (serves 2)

1 cup quick-cooking (1-minute) oats
1/4 cup chopped dried apples
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

To prepare mix as a gift, in a wide-mouth pint Mason jar, layer oats and remaining ingredients in any pattern desired. Seal lid and ring, and decorate as desired.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 260 calories, 8g fat, 10mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 7g protein

To prepare on stovetop:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 cups water or milk to boiling. Add jar of oatmeal mix.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute or until oatmeal is cooked and liquid is absorbed. If mixture is too thick, add more water or milk.

To prepare in microwave:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 cups water or milk. Microwave on HI for 1-2 minutes. Microwaved oatmeal can overflow, so watch it carefully to prevent a mess.

To turn into overnight oats:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large bowl. Add 2 cups water or milk, and mix to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before eating and add more water or milk, as desired.

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Chocolate, Cranberry, & Coconut (serves 2)

1 1/4 cups quick-cooking (1-minute) oats
2 Tbsp dried cranberries
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp flaked coconut
1 Tbsp white sugar

To prepare mix as a gift, in a wide-mouth pint Mason jar, layer oats and remaining ingredients in any pattern desired. Seal lid and ring, and decorate as desired.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 280 calories, 6g fat, 20mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 8g protein

To prepare on stovetop:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 cups water or milk to boiling. Add jar of oatmeal mix.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute or until oatmeal is cooked and liquid is absorbed. If mixture is too thick, add more water or milk.

To prepare in microwave:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 cups water or milk. Microwave on HI for 1-2 minutes. Microwaved oatmeal can overflow, so watch it carefully to prevent a mess.

To turn into overnight oats:

  1. Empty jar of oatmeal mix into a large bowl. Add 2 cups water or milk, and mix to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before eating and add more water or milk, as desired.

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Oatmeal Mix Tips

  • To make just one serving at a time, shake jar to combine ingredients. Each jar should have enough headspace to make this possible. Scoop out only what you want to eat. As a general rule, add twice as much liquid as oatmeal when cooking.

  • This recipe can be made with rolled oatmeal instead of quick-cooking oats. The cooking time will increase by a few minutes.
  • Our marketing and video guru tried mixing in a few tablespoons of ground oats into her oatmeal. She said it added extra creaminess. Make your own by adding some oats to a food processor and blending until almost powdery.


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