Thursday, June 20, 2013

Step Up to the Calorie Counter: Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal

Save money. Eat exactly the food you enjoy.Reduce over-processed food from your diet.
These are just a few ways homemade instant oatmeal is a good idea. Check out this great recipe from Kate Morin at Greatist.

Makes about 16 single servings
What You'll Need:
  • 6 cups quick cooking oats
  • ½ tsp salt

Flavoring Ingredients:
  • The Classic: ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Raisin Spice: 1 cup raisins, 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • Chocolate mix: 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Tropical Mix: ¼ cup dried apricots, ¼ cup crushed macadamia or hazelnuts, ¼ cup powdered creamer (like CoffeeMate)
  • Get Nutty: ½ cup chopped toasted nuts (pecans or slivered almonds work well)
  • Blender or food processor (if you want to cut down the recipe and make a much smaller batch, a Magic Bullet works wonders, here)
  • 16 plastic baggies, OR a large jar for storage (I often keep my mix in a large jar, and scoop out one serving into a single-serve Tupperware container when I want it on-the-go)
  • Large spoon ( for mixing, duh)
  • Large bowl
What to Do:
  1. Place 2 cups oatmeal into blender/food processor until it turns to powder.
  2. Mix powdered oats in large bowl with remaining 4 cups whole oats. Add salt and whatever extras you want. Stir until evenly combined.
  3. Place mixture in airtight container or divide into single-serve portions in baggies. Usually, it’s a heaping ½ cup. (If you think that’s too big a serving for you, you can cut it down and just have more single servings.
  4. To eat: Mix the oats with ¾ cup boiling water. Stir to combine, and let sit for 3 minutes.  As with any oatmeal, you can use milk instead of water if you so desire!
Recipe and photo courtesy Greatist

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