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Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:05 pm
by GeneralDiscontent
Hey all -

My fiancee likes to eat oatmeal for breakfast, but isn't crazy about all the preservatives in store-bought instant oatmeal. Tonight she decided to by a container of rolled oats and make her own. All you need to do is add some salt and powder some of the oats in a food processor:

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Here's the recipe:
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Instant Oatmeal

3 C Quick-Cooking Oats
Salt
8 Plastic Sandwich Bags

Powder the 1 C. of oats in a food processor.

Into each sandwich bag put

1/4 C. unpowdered oats
2 Tbsp powdered oats
scant 1/4 tsp salt.

Store in a box or airtight container.

To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 2/3 c milk or water. (Add more or less depending on how you like the consistency). Microwave for 2 minutes, stir.

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
To each packet add 1 T. sugar, 1/4 t. cinnamon, and 2T. chopped dried apples.

Sweetened Oatmeal
To each packet add 1 T. sugar

Cinnamon-Spice Oatmeal
To each packet add 1 T. sugar, 1/4 t. cinnamon, and a scant 1/8 t. nutmeg.

Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar
To each packet add 1 T. packed brown sugar and 1 T. raisins.

Wheat Germ Oatmeal
To each packet add 2 T. any kind of wheat germ

Fruit and Cream
To each packet add 1T. dry milk and 2T dried fruit or fresh fruit after cooking or jam.
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We store the baggies in a tupperware container in the pantry:

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We keep an assortment of dehydrated fruit on hand, which is great for adding to the oatmeal:

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(coconut, strawberries, apples, bananas)

Cost comparison - The store-bought instant oatmeal (generic/store brand) is $2.00 for 10 single-serving packets. Rolled oats are $2.00 for 15 cups, which makes 40 servings.

Ingredient comparison:

Store bought - Rolled oats, sugar, dehydrated fruit, sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide, natural flavors, salt, calcium carbonate, guar gum, spices, citirc acid, ferric orthophosphate, malic acid, vitamin a palminate, niacinamide, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid.

Our homemade - oats, salt, fruit. :lol:

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:21 pm
by andygates
That's a keeper. Great stuff.

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 9:47 am
by Kathy in FL
I do this a lot. You can get very creative with the flavorings if you are so inclined.

You can also do a similar mix 'em up kind of thing to make packets of instant grits - flavored or unflavored.

If anyone like butter in their oatmeal or their grits, a product called Butter Buds is a good way to get it in your packets.

And, if you want to add fruit to your oatmeal, but don't have any fresh or dried on hand ... just make up plain instant oatmeal and add jam, preserves, or marmalade to taste. If you want a fruit & cream type mix you can also add either coffee creamer (flavored or not) or powdered milk.

You can get as creative as you want with this type of thing. One of my kids favorite holiday treats is apples and cinnamon oatmeal ... but instead of using powdered cinnamon they throw in those Red Hots.

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 3:48 am
by Apollo-11
Mmmmm... oatmeal.

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 5:54 am
by herbalpagan
great post! I love oatmeal and am always looking for new things to do with it.

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 11:57 am
by Kathy in FL
If you like peaches 'n cream oatmeal use dried peaches and amaretto flavored coffee creamer in your oatmeal. Its really good.

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:27 pm
by sdg
Thread resurrection: Anyone have any idea how well do these keep? Shelf life?

Re: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:11 am
by GeneralDiscontent
sdg wrote:Thread resurrection: Anyone have any idea how well do these keep? Shelf life?
We've never had a problem and I know we've eaten some that were in the pantry for well over a year. i would guess the oats will keep pretty much indefinitely, if you add stuff it probably varies according to what it is / how well it's dehydrated.