Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

What a busy weekend! I’ve been at the Blogalicious blogging conference and having a great time! I was tempted to not join #SundaySupper this week because of how busy I knew this week would be, but the theme was SO easy, I couldn’t pass it up!

This week’s theme is “5 Ingredients or Less”, hosted by Amber of Mama’s Blissful Bites (which just so happens to have one of the most fun blog headers!)  My contribution to the 5 Ingredients or Less #SundaySupper is Homemade Instant Oatmeal.

One of my favorite breakfasts is oatmeal, which I make all sorts of different ways. But, truth be told…the most common way I have it is a pre-made packet that comes from a box. But I’m trying to change that because I’m sure I could make it cheaper, plus have great control over ingredients such as sodium and sugar.

This is the recipe below that I use. You’ll notice it’s very basic and I purposely keep it that way so that each member of our family can add their own fruit, nuts, etc

To make Homemade Instant Oatmeal, the first step is to place 6 cups of old-fashioned rolled oat on a baking sheet. You place this in a 300 degree F oven to lightly toast them.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

After toasting, place 4 cups of the oats, the brown sugar, and the salt in your food processor.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

You process them with brown sugar and salt until everything is a rough powder.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

The mixture, plus the remaining oats, is added to a storage container of your choice. I give it a label such as the one you see below.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

To prepare, you mix 1/2 cup of oats with 1 to 1 /2 cups of boiling water. Cover with a plate and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Then stir and serve.

NOTE: I generally always need more than 1 cup of water for the 1/2 cup of oats. But, in our house, we prefer to start with 1 cup boiling water to 1/2 cup of the oats and, if necessary, thin it out with a bit more hot water.

Top with fruit or nuts, if you like. I topped mine with a bit of dried cranberries.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Oatmeal
  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread oats on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Place 4 cups of toasted oats, the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is a rough powder. Pour into a storage container of your choice and add remaining toasted oats. Mix well. Add a label to container, if you wish, that gives instructions below:
  3. To make a bowl of oatmeal, mix ½ cup of oats with 1 to 1½ cups boiling water in a bowl. Cover bowl with a plate and allow to site for 5 minutes. Stir and top with fruit or nuts, if you wish. Serve.
--Will keep for about 4 weeks in airtight container in your cupboard

Source: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making — a great cookbook!

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  1. says

    I have always wondered what the difference between instant oatmeal and regular was, now I know. This is so simple to make and so much cheaper then buying the packets. Thanks for sharing, this is going to make breakfasts a lot simpler for me this winter.

  2. says

    Instant oatmeal ( store bought) has so much sodium !! So glad you have this home made version without added sodium. We all need to have some handy and I am making a batch of this to keep in my office ! Thanks for sharing !

  3. says

    This is such a great and simple idea. I will be it costs a lot less than those flavored oatmeal in the packet. Great job, not only is this five ingredients or less, but it is cheap and good for you!

  4. says

    Great alternative to buying the little packets. I have tried making homemade instant oatmeal before at home, but I didn’t toast the oats first. Next time will try that! I keep them in individual sized mason jars so they are easy for my husband to grad on his way out the door and eat at work.

  5. says

    I am definitely saving this one! I can’t believe how much money we spend on instant oatmeal. This is so cheap and easy and a million times better! WOW! Thanks!

  6. says

    I can’t help but think this would be a cute gift to a family member or close friend – you could make different blends and wrap up a big jar with a cute ribbon!

  7. says

    Wow, this is such a great idea especially in this weather when warm breakfasts feel so good! I’ m definitely going to be making a big batch of this :)


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