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Making oats more instant

picture of Instant Oat Ingredients

As my husband can tell you I am not much of a morning person. I don't really feel fully awake and alert until about 10 AM. So, I try to do everything I can ahead of time so there is minimal thinking required in the mornings. Rob eats oatmeal most mornings and I eat it from time to time so recently I started making pre-measured oatmeal packets in small plastic snack bags. I have been making them using instant oats, salt, and dried cranberries. You could use other dried fruits such as apricots, raisins, etc. Rob doesn't like milk on his oatmeal, but if you do you could also put in powdered milk or creamer and then all you would have to add to the mix is water. Here are the proportions I have been using in case you would like to try it:

Oatmeal Packets (these are the amounts per packet)

1/3 cup quick oats
pinch of salt
2 Tbsps. dried cranberries

I just line up several small plastic snack bags and then fill them assembly line style.

picture of Bags of Oatmeal

After the individual bags are filled I place them in a larger ziploc bag for convenient storage in a drawer. We save the empty bags and reuse them.

picture of Oatmeal Storage

To prepare add the packet to 3/4 cup water and then microwave for 1 minute on high. You can also cook this in a saucepan by adding the contents of the packet to the water and bringing it to a boil and then turning off the heat and letting it sit for a few minutes.

This technique will help you ease into the morning a bit more seamlessly if you are not a morning person. 🙂


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6 Comments on “Making oats more instant”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Aug 10th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Dave and I are also night people and would love to be able to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and than sleep in. Alas, we both have to work, so we can’t live our dream life until retirement.

    Anyway, what a great idea you have! I often eat oatmeal in the morning too, but have been buying the premixed Quaker oatmeal. I never thought of mixing my own – DUH! We buy big bags of craisins quite inexpensively at Sam’s because I love them in tossed salad and turkey dressing (I have a wonderful recipe for a sausage and craisin stuffing, if you’re interested. We love the sweet bites they add), but never thought about putting them in oatmeal. Next trip to the store, I’m getting some oatmeal and mixing up a few batches for myself.

    Thanx for another great recipe to try out.

  2. #2 Rob
    on Aug 11th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    And the height of “recycling” is that I put the empty snack bags back into the big bag to be refilled. I really like my morning oatmeal, and it’s super easy and fast – a big plus when you’re trying to get ready and out the door quickly in the morning.

  3. #3 Ann
    on Aug 13th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    So the oats are the regular quick oats you buy in bulk? I always thought the oatmeal in instant oatmeal was more processed than that. (I do mean the quick oats, not the old-fashioned kind.)

  4. #4 Becka
    on Aug 13th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ann B: Yes, I just use instant oats from a large container that I purchase at Aldi. They cook up just fine in the MW.

  5. #5 Gerry-Lynn Klassen
    on Aug 15th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I just wanted to comment on your idea for oatmeal. I just happened upon your site while searching for breakfast recipes and I wanted to say, wow, great idea! I’ve never thought of dividing out oatmeal into bags for morning rushes! With school coming up very soon, I’m going to make some baggies of oatmeal for my teens in the am so they can get fed nutritious food (with little mess) while I have a little more time to get ready in the am myself! PS…I also love your website…it’s sweet and well done! Keep it up! G-L

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Aug 16th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    What a great idea! Have you tried dried tart cherries. Wow.

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