Did you ever buy those packets of high fiber instant oatmeal? If so, do you know what’s in those packets? Recently, I checked the ingredient panel on some different packaged high-fiber oatmeals and found they contained sucralose (artificial sweetener), caramel color, artificial flavors, guar gum, maltodextrin and soy lecithin.
You don’t need all that stuff in your oatmeal! You can make your own high fiber oatmeal using fewer ingredients. And you’ll save money as well! The recipe I created below has 9.5 grams of fiber per serving. The high fiber version sold in packets has 10 grams so the homemade version is almost equivalent in fiber content. And if you want more fiber, you can add more oat bran, flaxseed or oats. Give it a try!
DIY High Fiber Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon oat bran (usually found in the cereal aisle)
2-3 teaspoons brown sugar
1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped or shredded apple
1/2-1 cup water
Chopped walnuts (optional)
Combine everything (except walnuts) in a medium to large microwave-safe bowl. Adjust water as needed to make the oatmeal the consistency you want. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes or until oats are cooked, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds to prevent mixture from boiling over. Top with chopped walnuts, if desired. Makes 1 serving.