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instant oatmeal


oatmeal - jarred

What’s this? An actual recipe post? I know, I know, it’s been a while since I posted about food, or at least food that isn’t for the under 1 crowd. And it’s oatmeal! How exciting!

But really. This oatmeal is so easy and quick and it’s one of those things that I just love knowing is in the pantry. I start to get a little nervous and twitchy when I know there isn’t much left. And every time I make it, I make two batches just so I know I won’t get that twitchy feeling again for a while.

oatmeal - jarred

Oatmeal, for me, brings up two distinct different reminiscences. The first is of the little paper packets and their mapley oaty dust that puffs out when you dump their contents into a bowl. (And the fact that you need at least two to make a decent sized breakfast. Or is that just me? I really like cereal.) Oh, those little tiny dried apple pieces. The second, and less favorable, is of scrubbing out dried-oatmeal-encrusted pots, with their stuck-yet-slippery coating of oat goo. This recipe gives you the teensiest bit of the first memory, with nothing of the second!

oatmeal - ready for eating!

Each batch fits nicely in a one quart mason jar, which I where I store my dry goods. And you can customize it any way you like – add different spices, leave out the brown sugar and serve with maple syrup, add nuts of your choosing or flaxseed meal. Mix it up! I usually keep it pretty simple for the basic mix but add a handful of raisins and some chopped walnuts before I add the boiling water. Delicious!

oatmeal - chop chop!

instant oatmeal
adapted from Catherine Newman’s recipe

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup date pieces
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup of the oats with the remaining ingredients until mostly powdered. Add remaining 2 cups of oats and blend until they are broken down. To serve, place 2/3 cup oat mixture in a bowl and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Let sit for a bit, stir and enjoy! As I mentioned, I often add raisins or other dried fruit and some chopped nuts before the boiling water.

oatmeal - ready for water!


3 thoughts on “instant oatmeal

  1. hmm, that’s making me hungry. I’m in an oatmeal phase right now – only with almond milk, so it’s sweet and thick! I never thought that it would be good with nuts though!

  2. This sounds easy, I may need to try it. I like my oatmeal very thick, I use Scottish oatmeal normally. I wonder if that would work at all? I will give a try. I would like to have something quick and easy for a snack at work.

  3. This instant oatmeal tempt me to taste it soon.. Its one of the best recipe for health.. Very easy step to prepare and enjoy the healthy meal.. Well done!!!

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