Oatmeal is one of those foods that I had to learn to like as an adult. There are times I still struggle with it, but for the most part it makes me feel good on a cold winter morning to have that healthy quick hot breakfast to start my day.
If you follow SuttonsDaze on Facebook you might remember me sharing a link to a DIY Instant Oatmeal recipe. After playing with it for a month or so this is how we made it work for us.
The fun part about DIY instant oatmeal is the experimenting that you get to do. I found that I while I love dried cranberries in any number of foods, instant oatmeal is not one of them.
Non-dairy powdered creamer
Really, that is it! The basics for DIY Instant Oatmeal.
1. Get a big bowl and put 7 cups of quick oats in it.
2. Put 3 cups of quick oats in your food processor/blender and blend until smooth.
3. Mix all of the quick oats, 1 cup of non-dairy creamer and 2 cups of brown sugar together. (note – brown sugar measurement is not written in stone. Use the amount that taste best for you and your family. For health reasons I tend to use 1 to 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar per batch)
Poof! Your basic instant oatmeal is done! You can divide it into individual packets or place it in a large container with a measuring cup.
I also add ground flaxseed and wheat germ to my mix for extra health benefits. I don’t measure these, I just eyeball them and add them until I’m satisfied that I am getting some benefits.
Mix 1/2 cup of DIY Instant Oatmeal and 3/4 cup of boiling water. Stir and set for a minute to allow it to absorb and cool off to a temp that won’t scald your mouth.
Now comes the fun part! You can flavor the entire batch or serving by serving. Here are some easy suggestions for flavoring your DIY Instant Oatmeal
Apple Pie Spice
Raisins, Dehydrated apples or any dried fruit
Chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
Pumpkin Pie Spice
The possibilities are endless!
**about our version**
We don’t use a microwave thus we don’t own one. I don’t trust them and what they do to our food. So I have not included microwave directions. You can microwave oatmeal. If you choose to, zap it for 1-2 minutes.
I am allergic to dairy, so non dairy creamer is my preference. I have read that you can add dry milk, but make certain to use your oatmeal within a month because dry milk can mold.
What do you like in your oatmeal?