There is little more comforting than a bowl of warm, oatmeal on a winter morning. Instant oatmeal is very convenient, but I am one of those “make it yourself” people and don’t like to buy pre-made mixes. Thankfully making your own instant oatmeal mix is super easy to do!
To begin, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Spread 6 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats on a baking sheet.
Bake them for 10 minutes, and then give the oats a stir. Spread them back out and bake for 10 more minutes.
When they are done baking, let them cool to room temperature.
Place 2 cups of the oats in a large bowl.
Place the remaining 4 cups of oats in a food processor that is fitted with the blade. Add in 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, a tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Buzz this in your food processor until it looks like a coarse crumb mixture.
Add it to the bowl with the reserved oats, and stir them all together.
Store the mix in an airtight container.
And there you have it!
To make the oatmeal, measure 1/2 cup of mix into a bowl.
Add in 1 to 1 1/4 cup of boiling water – depending on how you like your oatmeal.
Cover the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.
I tossed in some dried cranberries, but not everyone in my house like cranberries in their oatmeal. As an option, you can add dried fruits to the mix when you stir it all together in the bowl…raisins, cranberries, dried apple bits, or even some toasted, chopped nuts!
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix
by The Foodie Army Wife | Conni Smith
6 cups steel cut old-fashioned rolled oats
1 ¼ c brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tb cinnamon
1 c dried fruits, such as raisins, cranberries, etc
1 c toasted, chopped nuts
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spread the oats out on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, and then stir the oats. Spread them back out and bake for 10 more minutes.
Measure 2 cups of the oats into a large bowl. Place the remaining oats in a food processor, fitted with a blade. Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Buzz in the processor until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
Stir together with the whole oats in the bowl. If you would like to add dried fruit or nuts, do so now. Store the mix in an airtight container.
To prepare servings:
Combine ½ c mix with 1 – 1 ¼ c boiling water in a bowl. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy!