Our mornings can be crazy, hungry little kids ready to start the day before I am, and getting food on the table while they are under my feet can be challenging. I want them to start the day off with a full tummy of nutrition (tired parents too), and a bowl of oatmeal is one of our family staples. It’s often served with a smoothie and never without a coffee. There are many ways to buy and make oatmeal…the packets, the cups, boiling quaker oats, etc. Once a week, I make overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats BUT, a very easy back up breakfast plan, is to have my own homemade instant oatmeal always on hand. This will replace whatever it is they put in the flavored packets, it’s healthier, cheaper and just as simple.
This recipe (although after you make it a few times you won’t need a recipe) takes less than an hour, and will give you many mornings of stress-free meals to feed the adults, the kids and it happens to be my 14-month-old’s favorite. The recipe follows, but this is the basic idea:
Buy a big bag of regular rolled oats from the bulk bin (same oats I use to make granola), pour the oats on a sheet pan and bake it. In a food processor, add a handful of nuts and seeds for extra protein and a dash of cinnamon and grind, then add a just few handfuls of the baked oats and pulse to get a powdery yet still chunky consistency. Add the ground mixture back to the sheet tray of baked oats and mix it all up with a spatula, cool and store in jars. Mornings are the easy part, add a few scoops of oatmeal to a bowl with some milk and microwave! Top it with brown sugar, yogurt, granola, berries or whatever you like!
Homemade Instant Oatmeal…NOT from a Packet
- 8 c oats (exact amount doesn't matter)
- 1 c nuts any, almonds, walnuts, pecans etc.
- ¼ c seeds sunflower, flax, or chia
- 1 t cinnamon
- Bake oats at 325° for 25 minutes on 2 large sheet pans, let cool slightly.
- Pulse nuts, seeds and cinnamon in a food processor until ground. Add a few scoops of the cooked oats, (about 3 cups) and pulse 10 or 15 times until oats are partially ground.
- Mix food processed nuts and oats back in with the oats on the sheet pan, use a spatula or your hands.
- Cool and store in jars.
- To use, add 1/2 c oats to a bowl with 1/2 cup milk or water and microwave 1-2 minutes (adjust amounts if you like your oatmeal runny or thick). Top with brown sugar or honey, a scoop of yogurt, Granola, berries or your favorite toppings