Monday, August 30, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

The Girl loves oatmeal for breakfast.  But, we've gone terribly wrong somewhere along the way.  She doesn't like honest-to-goodness cooked on the stove, old fashioned oatmeal.  No matter how much maple and brown sugar I put in it.  Nope.

She only likes instant oatmeal.

And that gets expensive.

So, I decided to see how homemade instant oatmeal works out.
Please ignore the directions on here - use a 1:1 ratio instead.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Variation)

3 1/2 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c beveri flax seed milled with berries
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 c dry milk

In a food processor or a blender, pulverize 1/2 c of the oats.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Store in an air tight container.  For each bowl of oatmeal, add 1/4 c of the mixture to a bowl.  Pour 1/4 c -1/3 c boiling water over it (depending on how thick you like your oatmeal), stir, and let sit for about 2 minutes. 

The variations are endless - Stir in what you like, make it to your own desired sweetness, add peanut butter for a really interesting treat!

The recipe as written, per 1/4 cup mix =
Nutrition Facts

  20 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 86.4
  Total Fat 1.8 g
      Saturated Fat 0.3 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 146.5 mg
  Potassium 89.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 17.4 g
      Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
      Sugars 7.6 g
  Protein 3.0 g

  Vitamin A 15.2 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 18.3 %
  Vitamin C 0.1 %
  Vitamin D 0.6 %
  Vitamin E 0.5 %
  Calcium 9.8 %
  Copper 3.1 %
  Folate 12.1 %
  Iron 18.7 %
  Magnesium 5.6 %
  Manganese 26.6 %
  Niacin 13.5 %
  Pantothenic Acid     1.8 %
  Phosphorus     6.8 %
  Riboflavin 8.3 %
  Selenium 10.3 %
  Thiamin 17.5 %
  Zinc 2.9 %

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  1. It's this great flax seed - corrected the recipe with a link - that's milled right with mixed berries.

  2. I only like instant oatmeal, too. It's what my mom bought, so it's what I grew up used to. I can *force* myself to eat regular oatmeal, but I really don't care for it at all.

    Brown sugar and cinnamon is the best!

  3. "Whoa, Momma" posted about this on the St. Pete Times. What a great idea!! I have been getting the instant oatmeal that is geared for weightloss since it has more protein in it and fills my kids (and me) up better until lunch. Do you have any recommendation of how much soy or whey protein would be added to your recipe above (and if there would be any problems with adding protein powder to the premixed recipe? wood dot online at verizon dot net

  4. I don't use protein powder generally, so I don't know if I can answer that question... maybe just try a scoop in the oatmeal before adding water? You could also add more dried milk for more protein.. let me know if you try it out!