Making Instant Oatmeal…and How.

make instant oatmeal

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.

Measure the oats into a large bowl.
Take 1 1/2 cups of those oats, put in the blender or food processor and pulse until it resembles finer bread crumbs (left).  This is the trick that gives the oatmeal the same texture as store bought packages.

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.

Add the salt and sugar or sweetener.  I chose a low calorie sweetener for two reasons.  First, the obvious, lower calories, and second, it’s lighter then sugar and is less likely to sink to the bottom of the mixture.  It will stay well blended with the other ingredients in my oatmeal.  Using a blend of white sweetener and brown sugar is the best in my opinion!
Now it gets fun!  You can either leave it in a big jar with a scoop and portion out your serving each day, or you can pre-portion your servings and have a different flavour all set for each day.  Curious of the flavours I did?

Here they are, from left to right, starting from the top row pictured in group image above;

Cherry & Dark Chocolate with Walnuts
Blueberry Brown Sugar & Pecan
Cinnamon Chocolate Pecan with Raw Sugar
Cranberry Ginger with Shredded Coconut
Goji Berry, Green Raisin, Sunflower Seeds & Chia
Cinnamon Raisin with Apple and Walnut
Strawberries & Cream with Almonds & Vanilla Sugar
Let’s discuss a few of the ingredients!

  • 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 could also portion them into mason jars with reusable chalkboard painted lids noting the flavours.  Grab one for a breakfast on the go or an easy lunch for work.
Add 3/4 cup of boiling water and stir.  Cover for about 1-2 minutes, then eat.  Adjust the amount of water so it is to your preferred consistency.

You’ll never buy instant oatmeal again!

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  1. says

    Amber, thanks for sharing this trick with us. We eat oatmeal every morning. When we take road trips, we have to buy packages of instant oatmeal. Now with your trick… no more packages!
    We add flax seeds, hemp or chia. Instead of sugar, you can try to add half a banana in your bowl. It gives this natural sweet taste and makes the oatmeal creamer! Yum!


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