There’s no need to pay a higher price for single serving oatmeal or to settle for bland oatmeal because the flavored oatmeal has refined sugars or too much salt. You can easily make your own single serving packets of instant oatmeal flavored to your liking.
Put 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you’re using a food processor, you can do 1 cup of oats at a time.
Put the following ingredients into each baggie: 1/4 cup un-powdered quick-cooking oats, 2 tablespoons powdered oats, and small pinch of sea salt. Store baggies in an airtight container.
To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water – for thinner oatmeal, use more water.
Apple-Cinnamon: to each packet add 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar or sugar sub, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup chopped dried apples.
Sweetened: to each packet add 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar or 1 packet Nutrasweet.
Maple Cinnamon: to each packet add 1 tablespoon maple sugar & 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Raisin Maple: to each packet add 1 tablespoon maple sugar and 2 tablespoons raisins.
Health Nut: to each packet add 2 tablespoons each wheat germ and ground nuts.
Fruit & Cream: to each packet add 1 tablespoon cream and 1/4 cup chopped dried Fruit.
Fun Fruit: to each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of “Fruit snack” type dehydrated Fruit.
Confetti: to each packet, add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.
Chocolate Chip: add 1 tablespoon grain-sweetened chocolate chips to each packet.
The above variations were inspired by Kaylin Cherry who is the editor/owner of three ezines, Real Food for Real People, Real Healthy Food for Real People, and Real Crafts for Real People. For free, daily email recipes, visit her at http://www.realfood4realpeople.com or subscribe by sending an email to: email@example.com
One more variation:
add dried fruit to your instant oatmeal