Monday, May 30, 2011

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

It's cold here! I mean really cold here in the mornings. Yesterday we topped out at a whooping 3 degrees. Cold mornings call for warm breakfasts. I have one child who would eat eggs every day for breakfast and another who'd gladly eat a bowl of oatmeal every day. Especially if it's cold.

The problem is too many cooks around the stove can cause mass confusion and people tend to get cross and burned. Then while searching down ideas for a craft project I stumbled across the idea of making your own instant oatmeal mixes.

In the US you can buy all sorts of instant oatmeal from Maple Pecan all the way down to some "hidden dinosaur" which basically means oatmeal with sprinkles in it. We've rarely ever purchased any of the packets because it's far more economical to get the big bags of oatmeal.

After looking at something like a dozen different recipes it all came down to four ingredients. Instant oats, salt, sugar, and spices/flavoring.  I figured it couldn't be that hard and decided to try our own combination out. I decided to skip the salt and any spices or flavoring. I never salt any of the hot cereals I make and I rarely add spices so that each person can deck their bowl as desired.

We ended up mixing the following:

4 cups of ground instant oats {I simply tossed them in my mini food processor and gave them a whirly gig until they were the substance of flour..}
8 cups of whole instant oats
1/2 t of pure Stevia Powder Extract
2 cups of powdered milk {we used whole instant because it's what we had on hand}
3/4 wheat bran

I put it all in a large lidded container and mixed it all up with a large spoon & then, just to be safe, I shook it up some more!

To use the kids put 1/2 cup of the mixture into a cereal bowl. They pour 1/2 - 3/4 cup of boiling water {they use the electric kettle} on to the cereal. We like to put a small plate on top to let the steam help soften the oats. Set the timer for 2:00 - 3:00. When the time goes off top as you like. I prefer maple syrup and fruit. The kids prefer coconut sugar and fruit with the occasional splash of milk to cool it down.


Tracey said...

This is so smart!

Jen's Busy Days said...

Have you considered Baked Oatmeal? Eggs and oats in one dish.

Best wishes