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Quick-and-Easy Instant Oatmeal

When we’re on vacation, we often “treat” the kids to a box of instant oatmeal packs. They think these are great fun and and a big treat. Usually the ingredients are okay (we stay away from any that have a milk powder) but they almost always contain sugar in one form or another.

More recently it occurred to me that I could make up a bulk version of instant oats to keep on hand for the kids. When I accidentally came across a bag of Bob’s Red Mill dried diced apples at a local Ocean State Job Lots (they’re a great source of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free grains- whole and in flour form), the deal was sealed.

I didn’t even pause to consult the internet for recipe ideas. I combined some quick oats (they’re the tiny, extra-thin variety), some raisins, the diced apples plus cinnamon, and shook it all together. I scooped some into a bowl and covered with boiling water and the kids were thrilled. You can include a natural crystalized sweetener in the mixture (maple sugar or sucanat) or simply add a little honey or maple syrup when ready to serve.

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Quick and Easy Instant Oatmeal

6 cups quick oats

2 cups raisins

1 cup dried diced apples (or other variety of dried fruit- dates, cranberries, etc.)

4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

opt: 1/3+ cup maple sugar or sucanat (unrefined evaporated cane juice)

Combine in a large bowl or jar and shake to combine. Scoop 1/2 cup of mixture into a bowl. Pour 3/4- 1 cup boiling water over top. Mix and allow to set for a couple of minutes before serving. Top with non-dairy milk, chopped nuts and/or natural sweetener, if desired.

I realized that I can use the same large jar seasonally for two different oat mixtures. This instant oat mixture for the cold seasons and muesli for when it warms up again. Yay!

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4 Responses to “Quick-and-Easy Instant Oatmeal”

  1. Shelly says:

    Are quick oats whole grain? Great recipes Shelly

  2. Kim Wilson says:

    Yes, they are. They’re just rolled thinner and tend to be smaller, but they’ve got all the original oat-goodness!

  3. Brenda says:

    do you have a hard copy of your e book good and easy eats? if not do you have a hard copy book comparable to the ebook? My grandson has autism and I need more info on gluten free & casein free. Any referneces would be appreciated.

  4. Kim Wilson says:

    I’m sorry, but Good and Easy Eats (www.goodandeasyeats.com) is only available in ebook form. I have several other books in print that will be a great help to you and your grandson. They are all gluten-free and casein free and are available at http://www.simplynaturalhealth.com. You might want to get started with Everyday Gluten-free or Everyday Wholesome Eating.

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