I learned a version of this homemade instant oatmeal recipe at MOPS last year, and then shared it again with our group of mamas and it was a big hit. I make it almost every week and it provides about 9 breakfasts. It takes about ten minutes to prepare the whole batch to store. I reuse the same gallon ziplock bag over and over to store the mix in my pantry. Each morning you just scoop out a half cup of mix, add 1 cup of water or milk, and microwave for 90 seconds. I let mine set for a few minutes and then stir and eat. Easy and yummy and quick.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal:
4 cups oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup dried fruit bits
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 large ziplock bag or other storage container
Measure your ingredients and toss them into a storage container like a gallon ziplock bag or pyrex dish. Stir or toss to combine well. To serve – add 1/2 cup mix to 1 cup milk or water and microwave for 90 seconds (ish). Let set for 2 minutes, stir, and enjoy.
Feel free to add fresh fruit after cooking for more deliciousness. Other fun add ons: pecans, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cocoa powder, etc.