Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

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Make your own homemade instant oatmeal mix! This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit, and spices.

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If you know me, you know I love oatmeal for breakfast. And while I love the convenience of instant oatmeal, store bought can contain a lot of preservatives, hidden ingredients, and processed sugar that decrease the nutritional value. That’s why I love to keep the convenience without skipping the nutrition by making my own homemade instant oatmeal mix. I’ll be sharing my favorite way to make it, but this method can be an outline you follow and make your own!

Ingredients

Ingredients for homemade instant oatmeal
  • Oats: We like to use old fashioned oats, but you can use quick oats as well.
  • Chopped nuts: Use your favorite, I typically use a mix of walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
  • Dried fruit: Again, use your favorite mix, I use raisins, dried mango, or dried apricots.
  • Brown sugar: Adds a wonderful richer sweetness to the finished oatmeal.
  • Warm spices: I love the warm, more savory flavor that nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves give to the oatmeal.
  • Flaxseed: Flaxseed meal doesn’t add anything in flavor, but is a packed with nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids.

how to Make your own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

Chopping nuts

Start your homemade instant oatmeal by chopping your mixed nuts. For added flavor, toss them in the oven and toast them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Cutting up fruit into a bowl

Then prepare your dried fruit and toss it in a large bowl with your oats.

Adding brown sugar to oatmeal

Next add the brown sugar.

Adding flaxseed to bowl

Followed by the flaxseed meal.

Adding spices to bowl

Then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, along with a pinch of salt.

Stirring dry oatmeal ingredients

Stir everything together until your oatmeal mix is evenly combined.

Make your own homemade instant oatmeal.

To prepare your oatmeal, mix a cup of the dried mix with 1/2 cup of either milk or water, and microwave for about 90 seconds. Then serve, and enjoy your homemade instant oatmeal mix!

Easy Substitutions

  • Switch up the fruit. Apricots, cranberries, cherries, dates, figs… go crazy with your dried-fruit-loving self. You could also add fresh fruit before serving, like blueberries or strawberries.
  • Sweeten it differently. Instead of brown sugar, use honey or maple syrup. Like it sweeter? Try adding in chocolate chips.

Frequently asked questions

Which is the healthiest oatmeal?

All kinds of oats are actually similar in nutritional value, they just take different amounts of time to cook. Steel cut oats usually take the longest, and

Can you eat oatmeal everyday?

Yes you can! It’s high fiber and probiotic content make it a great breakfast choice.

How long does homemade instant oatmeal keep?

Kept in an airtight container at room temperature, the mix will keep for up to 3 weeks.

Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal 3 cups

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Make your own homemade instant oatmeal mix with Liz.

On busy school mornings, with my homemade instant oatmeal mix prepped in advance, I can have breakfast on the table in 90 seconds. My kids have a hearty breakfast that will keep them full until lunch, and your can, too.

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Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal

Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

4.44 stars average
This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit and spices.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 2 minutes
TOTAL: 12 minutes
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Servings16

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

1/2 cup of liquid is used to cook oatmeal but feel free to add more or less to reach desired oatmeal consistency. 90 seconds will cook the oatmeal but if you prefer a more mushy oatmeal, feel free to cook longer. I like it a little on the chewy side!
We like using old fashioned oats for added texture but you can also use quick cooking. Just note that it will cook faster and be a bit on the mushier side.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 444mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 3mg
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113 responses to “Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix”

  1. Lynn Avatar
    Lynn

    I make three-ingredient granola that has no oil in it, from Chef Kathleen’s book “Cooking Thin.” I eat it almost every morning. The main ingredient is oats, oats, and more oats! I look forward to trying your recipe, although my kiddos aren’t old enough to be making their own breakfast yet!

  2. Heather Vereecken Avatar
    Heather Vereecken

    I usually make a smoothie or toast with peanut butter and bananas! Love your blog and all your receipes!

  3. bugeyedlindsay Avatar
    bugeyedlindsay

    Apple slices with peanut butter are quick for me.

  4. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    I love the idea of your instant oatmeal! I need fast breakfast in the morning for our family. I like eating hard boiled eggs and multigrain Cheerios for breakfast, but they get old pretty fast. This will be a nice change. And I refer to The Lemon Bowl often for healthy recipes to try! Thanks!

  5. Laura Jacobson Avatar
    Laura Jacobson

    For a busy morning when I am in a hurry…I will grab fruit! I love apples and bananas and keep them on hand for when I am running late!

  6. Katie Kraai Avatar
    Katie Kraai

    Egg beaters make for a quick/healthy breakfast! Sometimes with salsa for a little flavor. I’m excited to try out this do it yourself oatmeal!

  7. chellie Avatar
    chellie

    Hey Liz!
    We are big oatmeal fans, and have it most mornings, even when we’re busy. Our favorite way is with walnuts, sunflower seeds, craisins, apples and cinnamon. We usually top it off with a little vanilla yogurt. I love the idea of having an instant mix, My kids could probably make their own!
    p.s. I already follow you on fb, twitter, and pinterest. :D

  8. Shelly Avatar
    Shelly

    My favorite is definitely a whole wheat bagel thin with some reduced fat peanut butter!

  9. Tara Avatar
    Tara

    Overnight oatmeal is my go to breakfast. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  10. m gurney Avatar
    m gurney

    I’ve never heard of dried cloves, is this ground cloves? Thanks.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes it is! I’ll correct that in the recipe to avoid confusion! :)