I love oatmeal. As a kid, I ate those store bought packages of maple brown sugar instant oatmeal all the time! Now that I’m grown up and have my own child, WE eat it often. But there is no need to buy the packages… no, no. Make your own lickity split, and at a much lower cost.
Like anything else, making your own allows you to control what goes into it such as how much sugar / salt. With this recipe, the texture will be the same as store bought instant oatmeal packs, so if that’s a concern… let it go. We’ve got that covered!
This recipe will yield approximately seven, 3/4 cup portions (dry), enough for your entire week. So come along and let’s make some hardy delicious oatmeal, exactly how YOU like it!
5 cups of quick cook / 1 minute oats
1/2 cup sugar or sweetener (half white, half brown is my preference)
1/4 cup bran flakes (optional)
1-2 Tbsps flax seeds (optional)
1 tsp salt
*Adjust the sugar to your liking. This is enough sugar to make it mildly sweet.
Do the same with the bran and flax seed. Flax seeds are hard for the body to break down, so blending it allows us to reap the benefits of these little seeds (right). Add the ground ingredients back into the oats.
Here they are, from left to right, starting from the top row pictured in group image above;
- Ground chia seeds are a great addition and packed full of antioxidants.
- A few nuts are a great way to add bulk to your oatmeal to help you feel full longer. Choose unsalted, raw or dry roasted nuts.
- Dried fruits are perfect for adding variety to your oatmeal. Be sure you are choosing fruits with no additional sugars or additives. Bulk stores are a great place to shop for these.
- To get the ‘cream’ part of the ‘strawberries and cream’, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of coffee whitener or powdered milk to each portion.
- When adding chocolate to your oatmeal as a treat (not every day of course), choose pure dark chocolate which also has antioxidants in it. Trust me, just a few will go a long way!
- Raw (turbinado) sugar, sugar substitute, maple flakes or stevia are great ways to add extra sweetness to your oatmeal on those days you just want a little more.
You’ll never buy instant oatmeal again!