Make your own homemade instant oatmeal mix! This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit, and spices.
Raise your hand if you secretly love maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. (Raises hand.) Raise your hand if you are hungry 30 minutes after consuming said packet of instant oatmeal. (Raises hand.) Oatmeal in general is good for you. It’s a good source of fiber and iron. There are studies out there that claim it can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Instant Oatmeal vs Homemade Oatmeal
Instant Oatmeal packets can contain a lot of preservatives, have a lot of hidden ingredients that can boost sugar and decrease nutritional valule. While instant oatmeal is not necessaraly bad for you– it’s not exactly good either.
Homemade oatmeal on the other hand is more filling because you control the ingredients. Making your own instant oatmeal is as easy as combining oats with your favorite dried fruit, chia seeds, nuts, brown sugar, and spices to keep you full all morning.
That’s why oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts! Whether it’s Baked Oatmeal with Berries, The ULTIMATE 90 Second Microwave Oatmeal, or Quick Banana Oatmeal with Flax; 9 times out of 10 I am eating oatmeal (or smoothies) for breakfast.
Make your own Instant Oats Mix
Here are a few tricks to making it extra special so that your family will gobble it up.
Start with your favorite dried fruit and nuts. Do others in your family have different favorites? Make several mixes at the same time for efficiency’s sake.
Toasting and chopping the nuts in advance makes for an easier (and more delicious!) eating experience, but you can skip these steps if you’re in a hurry.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. You can portion the mix out into individual bags just like the store packets, or keep it all in a single air-tight container and scoop when ready.
Other ways to boost flavor in Oatmeal:
Adding toasted Nuts: By popping the chopped walnuts and almonds in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes, the natural oils are released and the end result is a warm, nutty, and toasted flavor that you wouldn’t get using raw nuts.
Add Fruit. I love raisins, don’t get me wrong. But why not give a shout-out to your other favorite dried fruits? Apricots, cranberries, cherries, dates, figs… go crazy with your dried-fruit-loving self.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I add nutrition to oatmeal?
Sneak in Nutrition: Flaxseed meal, toasted wheat germ and other whole grain foods do a body good and I guarantee your children will not notice it’s in there. I do guarantee their bodies will appreciate the omega-3’s, zinc, protein, B vitamins, fiber, and other goodies.
How do I make oatmeal savory?
Use sage, golden raisins, less sugar, and perhaps buttery toasted pinon nuts. Look at Middle Eastern and Moroccan style spice mixtures for savory-sweet oatmeal.
How do I cool down hot oatmeal for kids?
Mix in a fruit like frozen blueberries to cool it down.
On busy school mornings, with my oatmeal mix prepped in advance, I can have breakfast on the table in 90 seconds. My kids have their own favorite mixes and I know that I am feeding them a hearty, healthy breakfast that will keep them full until lunchtime at school.
Other Oatmeal Options:
Not looking to prepare oatmeal in advance? No worries. You can make oatmeal on the fly using my 90 second ultimate oatmeal recipe. Have more than 90 seconds? Try my banana nut oatmeal which can be made in advance in a slow cooker– and is is a big hit.
Your spoon is waiting.
Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread chopped nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast nuts for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients including toasted nuts. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks.
- To serve: scoop out 1 cup of the oatmeal mixture and place it in a bowl with 1/2 cup water or milk. Microwave for 90 seconds or until liquid is absorbed.