Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Homemade Instant Oatmeal: Recipes

A few days ago, I promised to post some oatmeal recipes, just as soon as they were tested. Well, I just finished off a bowl of Cranberry Orange oatmeal, and I'm ready to post.

A word of warning: I don't really like my oatmeal too sweet. If you're used to the teeth-rotting flavored instant oats that we normally see in the store, you may want to add a little sugar. In fact, some days I could really use the extra sweet, so I keep sugar packets swiped from Denny's and hotel coffee stations in my bag with my oatmeal. You know, just in case.

That said, taste is subjective, and you'll likely make your own changes. I certainly hope you do. I would love to see people posting their own variations in the comments area of this post. In particular, I fully expect Scothoser to post some blueberry-nut concoction.

The instructions for each of these are the same, so I've listed the individual ingredients for each one first, and then the instructions at the end. Enjoy!

Peach Ginger Instant Oatmeal

1/4 cup roughly chopped freeze-dried peaches
1 tsp finely chopped candied ginger
1 tsp white granulated sugar
1/2 cup plain instant oats

Strawberries 'n' Cream Instant Oatmeal

1/3 cup sliced freeze-dried strawberries
1 Tbsp non-fat instant dry milk
1 tsp white granulated sugar
1/2 cup plain instant oats

Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal

3 Tbsp chopped dried apples
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 - 3 tsp dark brown sugar
1/2 cup plain instant oats

Cranberry Orange Instant Oatmeal

1/3 cup sliced dried cranberries
2 tsp orange drink mix
1/2 cup plain instant oats

Add dry ingredients to a pint- or quart-size resealable bag. Seal and shake to distribute evenly. Unseal, press out the air, and reseal. When ready to serve, pour into a bowl and cover with hot water. Allow to sit for at least a minute before stirring. Add more water, milk, cream, etc as you like. Add sugar or salt to taste.


  1. well, i'll just add in here the ones that scott and i havee been using for the past few months (instructions are about the same, so i'll just list ingredients):

    Church Cannery Oatmeal:
    1/2 C oats (quick or regular... i like both)
    handful dried apple slices
    brown sugar
    dehydrated milk

    raisin oatmeal:
    1/2 C oats
    raisins (craisins are good here too)
    brown sugar
    dehydrated milk

    pretty much, i'll go for a wide variety of thiings here. i generally just throw in whatever happens to be lying around in our cupboards. since we have hot water at work, i just stick some hot water in there, and have a quick breakfast!

  2. This one worked for me. I don't have exact measurements, because I put this together here at work. But here are the ingredients:

    Blueberry and Pecan Oatmeal:
    Oats (probably about 1/2 cup)
    chopped pecans (about 1 tbsp)
    powdered non-dairy creamer (abt. 1 1/2 tbsp)
    dried blueberries (abt. 1 1/2 tbsp)
    Sweetener of choice (mine is honey)

    I mixed the dry ingredients together, and then covered with hot water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, mixing occasionally. It ends up being pretty creamy, and once you add the honey (I have a great little bit of wild honey I picked up), it's all the better.

    Next I'm going to try blueberries and cream (no nuts), and then I might try at some time adding some maple flavoring... Just to see how it goes over. ^_^


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