Someone I know posted a recipe for Homemade Instant Oatmeal on one of my message boards. I was so happy that she shared it because it looked so simple, so I gave it a try. It ends up being cheaper than buying the instant packets at the grocery store and you get to decide what flavors you want to make and you aren’t committed to an entire box of one flavor.
- 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender or food processor and blend to a powder. Let me tell you what a great job my Vitamix did!
Add the following into each of the 8 Ziploc baggies:
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 2 Tablespoons powdered oats
- 1/8 teaspoons salt
To use: Empty one of the packets into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water – for thinner oatmeal, use more water.
I added in the boiling water and actually ended up microwaving it for 30 – 45 seconds. I removed it from the microwave and added in a little bit of milk.
You can adapt this recipe to make many different flavors. My favorite flavor is brown sugar oatmeal so I added in 1 Tablespoon of packed brown sugar to each packet. You can also add in craisins, raisins, splenda, dried apples, apricots, nuts, banana chips, fresh fruit, etc. The possibilities are endless. I LOVE a little bit of peanut butter in oatmeal so you could swirl a spoonful of that in there too! Add chunks of banana and you’re good to go! Mmmm. I think I may try that one tomorrow.
You can also make a fruit and cream version as well! Add in 1 Tablespoon of powdered creamer and 2 Tablespoons of dried fruit. I like to add in a little brown sugar to that as well. That’s what I did for my Dried Apricot & Cream Oatmeal that you see pictured to the left.
What is your favorite flavor of oatmeal?