*If desired, quick oats can be substituted for the large flaked oats for faster preparation time (camping trips, breakfast-on-the-go, or quick snacks). Hydration time will be approximately 5 minutes. Microwave time will be approximately 1 to 3 minutes.
*If using dried apple rings, roughly cut into ¼-inch pieces.
*To ensure recipe is gluten-free, choose oats manufactured in a gluten-free facility.
*Powdered peanut butter can be found at most bulk foods, health food stores, and the organic aisle in grocery stores. If unavailable, drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter after heating.
*If using salted roasted peanuts, omit salt in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal recipe.
*Recipes can be made with all water, all oat milk, or any non-dairy-based milk. Alternatively, milk can be used in place of oat milk if dairy is not an issue.
*If thinner oatmeal is desired, additional oat milk or water can be added after or during the cooking process.
*Microwaves differ in heating capabilities. Oatmeal is done when the oatmeal just begins to boil, and oats have swelled in size and are tender. For individual servings, check at the 2-minute mark and heat at 30-second intervals until the desired consistency is reached. For full servings (4 servings), check at the 5-minute mark and heat at 30-second intervals until the desired consistency is reached. Note the heating times for future meals.
*If desired, garnish with fresh fruit (e.g. apples, cranberries, or sliced banana), sprinkle with cinnamon, toasted pecans, chocolate chips, or peanuts, and/or drizzle with chocolate or peanut butter.
*The Redpath® Demerara Style Sugar is used in the Cinnamon Apple Nut Oatmeal to emphasize the brown sugar flavour in the oatmeal and complement the earthiness of the toasted pecans. The intense caramel flavour also complements the sweetness of the dried apple pieces.
*The Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar is used in the Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal as the subtle caramel undertones complement the flavours of cranberry and ginger. Using this sugar gives the oatmeal a more complex flavour, enhancing the warm spiciness of the ginger and bringing out the sweetness of the cranberries.
*The Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar is used in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal recipe because the deep caramel flavour of this brown sugar pairs well with the sweet bitterness of the chocolate and cocoa powder and the nutty flavour of the peanuts and powdered peanut butter.