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First of all Do I have to pay for my first Nutrisystem meeting? Many thanks for any answer. Another question on my mind: On hot Kentucky 90 degree days, the last thing I want to eat is a nice steaming bowl of oatmeal. So I tried a recipe that I used to use for regular oatmeal with Nutrisystem's Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal and it turned out to be pretty tasty..

The night before your are going to eat it, dump a package of Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal into some tuperware, mix in 1/4 cup of plain FF yogurt, 1 TBL of sugar free syrup, 1/2 cup of cut frozen strawberries, and sprinkle with splenda and cinnamon. Put in the fridge and by morning, the strawberries are thawed and the oatmeal has soaked up the yummy mixture of syrup, yogurt and spices. Good thing to take to work. You can add an additional TBL of syrup and splenda before eating. Enjoy!..

Comments (22)

Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

Does the oatmeal get soft? I might try that with applesauce and syrup...

Comment #2

Hi, I find that the Maple and brown sugar oatmeal is already so sweet what kind of syrup are you adding to that? I trade it with a dessert sometimes and have it at night as dessert it is so sweet, and have a dessert bar for breakfast. Maggie..

Comment #3

Do you think it would work without the strawberries? I think I'm the only person on the planet who doesn't like them. I do like this oatmeal (never have liked it before NS) and would like to keep eating it in the summer. Thanks for the idea...

Comment #4

This is a wonderful recipe that I AM NOT TAKING CREDIT FOR!!!.

I am sorry but, I didn't write down the person who posted this, but it is the BEST for oatmeal on hot days...I bake 'em the night before!.

THANK YOU whoever posted it originally! It is YUM!.

Oatmeal Cookies for Breakfast.

1 pkg Nutrisystem oatmeal.

1 tsp margarine.

2 Splenda packets.

1/8 tsp baking soda.

1 T raisins or dried cranberries.

Cinnamon to taste.

Drops of fat free milk.

Drops of vanilla to taste.

(I also add a tablespoon Golden Ground Flaxmeal to thicken it a bit and make the batter stick together...this was not in the original post).

Cream margarine, Splenda, add baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla and oatmeal packet (add ground flaxmeal if you want).

Add drops of milk until cookie dough consistency, stir in raisins..

Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet sprayed with Pam, flatten, makes 4 small cookies..

Bake 12-15 minutes @ 350 degrees..

Enjoy and thanks to the originator!.


Comment #5

Zuzuspetals I think that recipe was posted by ModelT I have a very similar version in my "collected recipes" by her from about a year ago and don't think I saw earlier oatmeal cookie recipes in my reading of the old recipe board....

Barefootrunner your idea sounds like a great way to have the oatmeal on a hot day you might also look at the oatmeal/pancake mix muffin recipe in my "collected recipes" post - make several batches with different fruits and freeze - then you only have a short time with hot oven once in a while and "grab & go" breakfasts for the week....


Comment #6

Thanks for the great oatmeal idea! Wish I'd read this last night!.

It was 85 this morning at 7 am (108 now) and I could have used this!.

Thanks again!..

Comment #7

Hi y'all.

I'm new here so one quick question. I looked in the meal planner and didn't see anything about being able to have sugarfree syrup. I must be missing it. Could someone tell me what page it is on?.


Biker Dude..

Comment #8

Hi dude, and welcome. The SF syrup would be a "free food." We're allowed 3 free foods daily (not in one sitting) and the serving must be 20 calories or less to qualify. FF Cool Whip, SF Jello, SF Syrup are some of the foods people like to use. Good luck to you! ~~ Kate..

Comment #9

I made this last night subbing frozen blueberries. Had it this morning and it was really yummy. Gonna make it again tonight! ~~ Kate..

Comment #10

Hi Kate, I am also new, first day. I didn't read anything about free foods. Can you tell me more about that? Marilyn..

Comment #11

Hi Marilyn and welcome. I'll search for my list of Free Foods and post them. Just give me a little bit. ~~ Kate.

Welp, I'm hoping I have the list of Free Foods on my office computer because I sure can't find it here at home. I'll keep looking but perhaps, if someone else reads this and has the list, they will be kind enough to post it...

Comment #12


I want to let you all know, I tried the Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies that Nancy had given the recipe for. I did change it just a bit cause I couldnt get it to stick together. I added a little more milk and also a few drops of egg beaters and had some little mini muffins pans. I put them by spoonful in there and I had 5 nice sized , very filling, mini muffins. They were yummeeeee!!!.

Thanks, Nancy for sharing...........


Comment #13

For a quick substitute when everyone else is eating pie, cut up a medium apple, sprinkle with Splenda, put in a small baking dish, cover with water, and sprinkle one of the flavored oatmeal packets on it. Bake at 350 until bubbly!..

Comment #14

I saw where Casey9 posted the list of free foods on the main forum so I copied it over here AND to a file on my 'puter so I can find it again easily. Thanks Casey9! ~~ Kate.

Here is a suggested list of "free foods" that was provided by NutriSystem. Remember, a "free food" is anything that is 20 calories or less and you can have up to 3 per day (they don't need to be with your meals, you can have them anytime). I use SF Popsicles as a snack before bed. You can eat SF Jello topped with 1 tablespoon Free Cool Whip, which is nice in the afternoon. Just don't have all 3 at once, that would make it a carb. Be well..


There are Free Foods that can be used on the NutriSystem plan. The term Free Foods comes from the American Diabetes Association. They are low calorie foods (20 calories or less) that can be added to the meal plan in small amounts. This minimal amount of calories will not affect weight loss, but we do recommend that they be limited to 2 or 3 servings per day if the foods have any calories at all..


Coffee/Tea Unlimited.

Diet Soda Unlimited.

Sodium Free Seltzer Water Unlimited.

Sugar Free Tonic Water Unlimited.

Club Soda (not tonic or quinine water) Unlimited.

Artificial Sweeteners Unlimited.

Spices (salt-free) Unlimited.

Herbs Unlimited.

Vinegar Unlimited.

Lemon Juice Unlimited.

Sugar Free Gelatin 6oz per serving = 15 cal.

Sugar Free Gum 1 stick = 5 cal.

Nonstick Cooking spray Unlimited.

A-1 Sauce or Steak Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Butter Buds 1 oz.

Bouillon or Broth (Dry)- Low Sodium 1 packet, 1 tsp, 1 cube.

Bouillon or Broth (Canned)- Low Sodium cup.

Catsup 1 Tbsp.

Cocoa, dry unsweetened 1 Tbsp.

Coffee Whiteners (Powdered) 1 Tsp.

Chili Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Chocolate Topping (Reduced Calories) 1 Tbsp.

Cool Whip (fat free) 2 Tbsp.

Sugar Free Candies 20 cal or less per serving / 0 fat.

Low cal or reduced cal syrup Amount not to Exceed 20 cals/ 0 fat.

Dill Pickle 1.

Dream Whip 1 Tbsp.

Sugar-free Jam/Jelly Amount not to exceed 20 cal.

Low sugar Jam/Jelly 2 Tsp.

Horseradish 1 Tsp.

Mustard 1 Tsp.

Picante Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Popcorn (light and natural) 1 Cup.

Relish 1 Tsp.

Salad Dressing (Fat Free) 2 Tbsp.

Salsa 1 Tbsp.

Soy Sauce (Low sodium) 1 Tsp.

Taco Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tsp..

Comment #15

I can't wait to try these for breakfast....thanks so much for the post..

Comment #16

That's a great idea. I usually use the Nutrisystem granola on a baked apple..

Thanks for the all the great Nutrisystem oatmeal recipes..

Comment #17

I had it this morning. I didn't use the syrup and I used frozen mixed berries. It was soooo good! I need to get some more oatmeal now! I think I might try it with non Nutrisystem oatmeal since I don't have anymore!..

Comment #18

Yum, sounds good. I find the oatmeals very sweet, so I've been 'cutting' the sweet taste with a bit of plain low-fat yogurt. I think I'll soak it all together overnight and see how that tastes..

Thanks for the tip!..

Comment #19

Is one of the featured breakfast recipes in the Recipe Club!! With good reason, I might add. I have fixed it many times and love it. Way to go! ~~ Kate..

Comment #20

Yes, I totally agree. The recipe is wonderful but I find the oatmeal too sweet for my taste, so I use frozen mixed berries (less sweet than frozen strawberries) and plain FF yogurt to cut the sweetness. I also add in 4 walnut halves, crushed just before eating it (from the dinner fat serving). YUM!!!!!..

Comment #21

The maple brown sugar oatmeal is the higher in calories choice of the oatmeals, so I usually have the apple cinnamon one. It is true that this is a winter dish, but, I take a cold serving of applesauce and put it in it and it cools it down as well as counts for a fruit and entree..

You just have to play around with the entrees till you find what works for you..

God bless...

Comment #22

One third of a piece of string cheese can be a free food..

Tonight, my dinner was a beef patty cut up into a salad and the last bite I took happened to be a piece of jalopeno..

Needless to say, my tongue was on fire and the nibble of cheese before I went to bed saved my poor tongue and was quite tasty..

Live and learn!.

God bless...

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