Friday, October 28, 2022

Reviewing Homemade Instant Oatmeal

 


I really like oatmeal for breakfast.  It is warm and filling and keeps you going till lunch or beyond.  Unfortunately, I rarely want to take the time to make it.  Boil the water, stir and stir, trying to figure out how much sweetner to put in, it is just a hassle for only one person. As a result, I used to buy instant oatmeal in the package; pricey but quick and easy was my reasoning until one day I took a look at the ingredients:

  • Whole Grain Rolled Oats
  • Sugar
  • Natural and Artificial Flavor
  • Salt
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Guar Gum
  • Carmel Color
  • Niacinamide
  • Reduced Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Palmitate
  • Pyridoxine
  • Hydrochloride
  • Riboflavin
  • Thiamin Amononitrate
  • Folic Acid

Hydrocloride?  Pyridoxine?  What is that?  Whatever it is I don't think it sounds very healthy.  I would prefer something that is a bit more good for you than store bought instant oats that are full of stuff I never heard of.  

So I decided to see if I could make my own instant oatmeal that would be convenient, quick and best of all not chocked full of additives and preservatives that are definitely not good for you!  I wanted to make a recipe that I could do in bulk and then split it up into individual servings, that was easy to store and would keep for at least a week.  

I sat down with a pencil and paper and did some thinking.  After coming up with a plan, I did some checking on the internet to see if the ingredients needed refrigeration and how long they would stay fresh.  When I had my formula (I actually did feel kind of like a mad scientist.....hehe) I made my first batch.


It took some experimentation but after a few tries, I finally came up with my favorite recipe for instant oatmeal:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (can use Splenda Brown Sugar)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Mix these together in a bowl

Put 3/4 a cup into a small zipper bag


How to Cook:

Pour the contents of the baggie into a bowl or mug

Add 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups of skim milk and stir

Cover with a paper towel 

Microwave for about 3 minutes

Stir and let sit for a couple minutes


To keep from getting bored, sometimes I put other things in my oatmeal to give it different flavors like:

  • Pistachio nuts or any nuts you like, chopped
  • Coconut
  • Dried apricots, chopped
  • Dates, chopped
  • Dehydrated apples, chopped
  • Mini Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips
Sometimes I put fresh fruit in my oatmeal, if I have any in the fridge, like strawberries or blueberries.  I have also been known to put maple syrup or honey in it instead of brown sugar. There are so many things you could put in your oats, it would take years to find them all.  Actually, its kind of fun to come up with different flavor combinations.  I have run across a few that were surprisingly delicious like:

  • chocolate chips and peanuts
  • sliced fresh bananas and coconut
  • dried cranberries and pecans
  • diced dehydrated apples and chopped walnuts

These zipper bags do not need to be refrigerated and they last a long time without spoiling.  They also make great jar gifts for friends that have the bad habit of skipping breakfast!      My homemade oatmeal is much healthier and cheaper than what you buy in a store and frankly much more yummy!  Try making some and see for yourself.

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7 comments:

  1. Wow! Aren't you clever coming up with your own, healthy, version of instant oatmeal. I am a fan of oatmeal for breakfast as well, so will definitely be trying this out. Cinnamon and brown sugar are my favorite additions. Thanks Tracey.

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  2. Tracey, I have oatmeal every morning and I have been buying the premade packs. I am really looking forward to trying your recipe. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your secret.

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  3. I have always admired how you make so many things from scratch instead of just accepting what is store bought convenience. I love oatmeal! You are a bit of a mad scientist, truly the best kind. I also appreciate how you share your "creations" so the rest of us can enjoy them too. Fabulous!

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  4. Before I switched to a grain-free, low carb diet, oatmeal was one of my favorite breakfasts. Like you, I have always preferred it with some warm spices and raisins or other dried fruit (my favorite was chopped dates—yum!). Part of my new, healthier approach to eating includes cutting down on highly processed foods and eating mostly whole and less processed foods, and I’m sure your recipe will appeal to many people who, likewise, would prefer to est healthier and “cleaner.” Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  5. My husband loves oatmeal for breakfast too! This sounds like a great way to make healthier choices and probably save some money as well. A Win-win situation for sure, so thank you Tracey for this great way to do something new and better!

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  6. This sounds perfect. One of my sons is an oatmeal fanatic. He makes it all the time, basically everyday. I like your idea of putting it in a baggie to mix everything together. I could eat of bowl of this right now!

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  7. Your oatmeal recipe sounds delicious and such a lovely breakfast! I love that you created it yourself. We also try to eat healthily and avoid too much processed food. Love how you can add different ingredients to ring the changes. We would have to avoid the sugar but I think that would be Ok in this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe creation!

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