I think I’ve discovered something amazing with this recipe. Instead of buying those sugary and expensive packets of instant oatmeal, just create your own mix and store it in a lidded container! You get to control the quality of ingredients and the flavors you add. Don’t like raisins? Add dried cherries! Prefer walnuts? Add those too!
Not only is it nutritious and fast, it also just may have cured my two year old of her addiction to breakfast bars. She now asks for oatmeal in the mornings, and for the past two days, she has actually finished it and asked for more!
Be sure to shake it before you use it every time so that the ingredients have a chance to redistribute themselves. I forgot to do this once and got a bowl of many raisins. This oatmeal has a different consistency than slower oats; it is stickier, probably due to the instant milk.
This will definitely be a pantry staple!
from Homemade: How to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh, and more naturally. p. 27, 2007.
- 6 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 1/3 cups dry milk
- 1 cup dried diced or small apples, apricots, banana slices, prunes, raisins, or mixed dried berries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Combine all ingredients in a large container with a lid.
2. Label, date, and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
To Use: Shake the mix well before using. *In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup oatmeal mix. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 minute.
Makes 8 cups
*I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet you could eliminate dirtying a pan by boiling water and then adding it to your bowl of oatmeal mix, just like with those packets.
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