Freezer Food: 1st Edition

A few months ago I became obsessed with this frozen oatmeal Trader Joe's sells. It's about 1.50 for a pack of two, which isn't too bad, but if you think about it, IT'S OATMEAL. Oats are cheap. So I came up with my own version:

Freezer Oatmeal

You'll need:
4 cups oats
1/4 cup flax seed if you like it
6 cups water
dried or fresh fruit, your choice, any combination, any amount
- dried cranberries
- fresh or dried blueberries (I prefer fresh)
- raspberries
- peach
- diced fresh apple
- dried apricots
1/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
brown sugar, to taste or maple syrup (use the real stuff folks)

Boil water and add oats and flax seed, reduce heat to med/low (you can also boil the water with the oats in it for a creamier oatmeal...I like mine chewy). About 2 or 3 minutes in, add the dried fruit and apple. Stir regularly. Pull the oatmeal off when water is gone (check it around 5 minutes). Stir in fresh fruit such as berries, and also the nuts, let rest until it reaches your desired consistency. Eat some now and freeze the rest! I use freezer bags - freeze in individual portions. Press out as much air as possible and flatten the oatmeal in the bag so it defrosts evenly. To defrost, remove frozen portion from bag and reheat in microwave about 4 minutes, checking and stirring about 1/2 way through.
This is so good and an easy way to have a healthy filling breakfast.

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