Ingredients: (makes 24 servings)
10 cups of quick oats
2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup non-dairy coffee whitener (or powdered milk*)
1 cup brown sugar*
1 cup granulated sugar
ziplock snack sized baggies
*see note below
Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.
Blend 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery. Do 1/2 cup at a time, and then add to the big bowl of oats. (Blending the oats gives it the smoother consistency of store bought packets)
Add salt, cinnamon, whitener, brown sugar and granulated sugar to the oats. Stir thoroughly until well blended.
Measure 1/2 cup mixture and put into individual snack sized baggie, seal. This should make 24 servings of instant oatmeal.
To prepare, just empty 1 baggie of oatmeal into a bowl and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Microwaves vary, so add more if necessary)
Or in the summer time if you want it cold, mix the packet with 3/4 cup yoghurt (any flavour) and set in the fridge over-night.
– powdered milk has been known to mold if not used with a month or two. Creamer/milk optional
– You could use 2 cups of brown sugar instead of white sugar, or reduce by half if using variations below.
– you could add salt, cinnamon, whitener, and sugar to the blender/food processor to mix fine.
Adapted from: Coffee Break with Liz & Kate
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.
Bart-man Oatmeal – add 2 Tbsp. ‘Butterfinger B.B’s’ candies to each packet.
Blueberries & Cream Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried blueberries
Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Confetti Oatmeal – To each packet, add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.
Cookies n’ Cream Oatmeal – add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer to each packet.
Exploding Oatmeal – add 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. ‘Pop Rocks’ candy to each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.
Fun Fruit Oatmeal – To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of ‘fruit snack’ type dehydrated fruit.
Health Nut Oatmeal – To each packet add 2 Tbsp. any kind of wheat germ
Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins.
Peaches & Cream Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried chopped peaches
Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried chopped strawberries
S’More Oatmeal – add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp. Milk Chocolate Chips to each packet.
Southern Charm Oatmeal – to each packet add 1 Tbs Chopped Pecans, 1 T. Brown Sugar, 1 tsp non-dairy coffee creamer, 1/8 tsp cinnamon
Sweetened Oatmeal – To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar