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.
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!by