If you're looking to siphon the last bit of Christmas flavors into 2013, glögg oatmeal from Iss' Magic Mixes is an ideal fast breakfast option for you. Made and sold locally by Melissa "Iss" Seil-Webb from her own recipe, this spiced oatmeal contains more than just oats. After her father was diagnosed with diabetes, she searched for a super-healthy and quick option for him and came up with the mix of rolled oats, cinnamon, flaxseed, chia seeds, and almond meal. This power breakfast is more than just a protein-packed, low-sugar oatmeal -- it's also mighty tasty, with the flavor of the classic Swedish mulled wine drink.
See Also: Silver Spoon's Lemon Lavender Biscotti
Price: $6 for a small three-serving bag
Vendor: Iss' Magic Mixes
Where to Pick It Up: Town & Country Farmers Market, open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Gilbert Farmers Market, open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What Else to Grab: Cranberry Date Maca Oatmeal Bar ($4)
If you go to Iss' website, you'll find recipes that use the oatmeal in pancakes, waffles, and granola. We even like it raw over yogurt, though it only takes a couple of minutes and hot water to make it as instructed. What really sets Iss' oatmeal apart from others is the generous helping of Ceylon cinnamon, which gives it a much spicier flavor than we're typically used to, so keep that in mind if you're looking to use it in your favorite oatmeal-based baking recipe. That cinnamon also does double duty as a naturopathic heart-healthy supplement, so don't worry if you overindulge.
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