Okay, I did think of oatmeal. In fact, it’s been my go-to breakfast for years. I order it in 25 or 50 pound bags, store it in my pantry in buckets (gotta love gamma lids!), eat it almost daily for breakfast, and use it frequently in baking.
But after years of daily oatmeal, a little variety was in order. I had seen blog posts about making instant oatmeal packets with dried fruit and recipes for baked oatmeal, but nothing really caught my eye.
Then a grocery store clearance special caught my eye!
I found packages of organic trail mix for next-to-nothing and bought as much as I could. This trail mix contains sunflower kernels, dates, peanuts, dried coconut flakes, pepitas, and almonds…but NO raisins (bonus!) and NO oats or granola. Munching it was great and I marveled at the lack of cheap filler ingredients, but then I wondered about adding oats, or rather, adding the trail mix to my morning oatmeal.
Wowza! It was good!
It’s become my new daily go-to breakfast, oatmeal with trail mix, sweetened with mashed banana when I’m behaving and with brown sugar when I’m not. I love the sweet creaminess of the oatmeal and the variety of textures added by the trail mix. It’s delicious!
A quick perusal of the label tells me a serving of the trail mix adds 4 grams of protein to my bowl of whole grain goodness. Why didn’t I think of this before?
So am I the only one who never thought to put nuts and seeds in her oatmeal with the dried fruit and sweeteners? Please tell me I’m not alone! Then go grab some trail mix and try it. Yum!
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