Carmelo's Power-Packed Oatmeal: Simple, Healthy, Delicious

Carmelo’s Power-Packed Oatmeal: Simple, Healthy, Delicious

Breakfast…it’s the most essential meal of the day! However, it’s easy to skip during the mad-hatter style mornings that ensue as we rush to work or to get the kids to school.

I learned long ago that it’s helpful to prep some ingredients for breakfast at the beginning of the week or even the night before. My go to is a special oatmeal mix. I’ve used all kinds of different toppers, like sweet apples & almonds, that fill me up and give me energy.

We’ve all heard it before, but it’s absolutely true: children who eat breakfast perform better in school. Of course, this doesn’t just pertain to children – the same goes for adults, so eat up!

For the oatmeal mix, as well as fantastic toppers, see below…

Oatmeal Mix

Make a large batch and only pull what you need each morning. Dry mix stores well in the freezer.

  • 4 c. rolled oats
  • ½ c. oat bran
  • ½ c. each sesame seed and soy flour
  • ½ c.  each almond meal and non-fat dry milk
  • 1 TBL cinnamon

To Eat

Bring ½ c. oat mix and ¾ c. water to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover, set aside for 4 minutes. Spoon oatmeal on top of the topping mix of choice (see below), sprinkle with flaxseed and serve.

Oatmeal Toppings


Apples are fantastic for breakfast and have unique health benefits. Grated, sliced, diced or dried, apples are a source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, natural enzymes (which help digestion) and powerful antioxidant polyphenols & flavonoids.

  • ½ apple, grated
  • ½ tsp lime juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. organic Agave nectar
  • 1 TBL sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp flaxseed (whole or ground)

Mix all ingredients in a cereal bowl just before breakfast- time. Makes enough for one serving of oatmeal. Feeding more than one? Increase measurements accordingly.


This is a healthy, easy and delicious partner to your morning oatmeal. I use “The Magic Bullet” for little treats like this; it’s inexpensive, easy to use and (the best part) easy to clean. You can also use a small Cuisinart or blender.

  • 1 bskt raspberries
  • 1 TBL organic Agave nectar (a healthy sweetner made from organic agave plants. Best of all it’s low glyscemic)
  • 1 TBL water

Blend all ingredients together in a Magic Bullet or blender and pour over prepared oatmeal.

Cook’s note: You can use any type of berry for this…olallieberries, strawberries, blackberries…yum!


I reach for these ingredients when I’m feeling the need for something a little sweeter.

  • 1/8 cup raw, fresh pecans pieces
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup

Mix the pecans and bananas in with the cooked oatmeal. Drizzle the maple syrup over the top and dig in!

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