Every once and a while, a recipe comes along that changes your life for the better. This recipe has done that for my family. Because Little J is such a finicky eater, breakfast in our home has always been a hit or miss. But then this recipe fell into my lap and now things have changed.
The best part about making your own instant oatmeal is that you have complete control over what goes into your food. Granted there may be a few additives in the ingredients themselves, but for the most part, you can eat this without having to worry that you're going to grow a third-eye. Even better still, you can't beat the price. Most of the ingredients are generally found in the typical household. Still, even if you don't have any of the ingredients you'll only pay about $10.00 for about a months worth supply of instant oatmeal. Not bad considering the bill for a months worth of Quakers Instant Oats will run you about $30.00.
For 20 packets of homemade instant oatmeal, you will need:
10 cups of quick oats (not the old fashion kind!)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of dry milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
20-30 seal-able sandwich bags.
To prepare your packets, just toss the oats into a blender or food processor and blend them a bit. Be careful not to blend the oats too much or else you'll end up with mushy oatmeal. I highly recommend only adding one cup of oats to your blender or processor at a time. It'll be easier to control.
Once you blend your oats, just stir all the ingredients together in one big bowl, then use a large spoon to add a few scoops of your mixture into sandwich bags. You can experiment a bit with the ingredients. Maybe add raisins or cranberries to give it a different taste. I added a bit of dried apples to our oatmeal for a bit of extra flavor, and it was amazing.
When you're ready to eat a packet of your freshly made homemade instant oatmeal, simply boil a pot of water and add as much, or as little as you would like. Then toss it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and your done!
So there you have it, a 5 minute solution to a breakfast that the whole family will love!