Homemade Instant Oatmeal doesn't have to come from a packet! It's easy to make your own bulk instant oatmeal to have ready on hand for busy mornings! This is a healthy vegan, high protein oatmeal, with no preservatives or added sugar like the packets. It's super kid-friendly and easy to flavor any way you like!
Why We Love It!
- Meal Prep for Busy Mornings - Our mornings can be crazy with hungry little kids ready to start the day! I want them to start the day off with a hearty breakfast, and a bowl of oatmeal is one of our weekly staples. 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 which we all love! BUT, a very easy back up plan, is to have my own homemade instant oatmeal always on hand!
- It's Healthier Than Whatever They Put in the Flavored Packets! - The flavored packets are full of sugar and artificial ingredients. By making your own instant baked oatmeal, you can control the amount of sugar you're adding. You are really just baking regular rolled oats ahead of time so they become like a quick cooking oat. Then grinding nuts and seeds in your food processor to add protein to the baked oats. The oat mixture is stored this way, unflavored, and ready to heat in the microwave on busy mornings. Flavor it with any sweetener, like brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup, and add all your favorite toppings!
- If you Love Quick and Easy Oatmeal, try my Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Cups and add a No Recipe Smoothie to make it a meal!
- Regular Rolled Oats - I like to buy a big bag of regular rolled oats from the bulk bin at the store (same oats I use to make homemade granola). Use regular rolled oats, not quick oats.
- Nuts - I like to use any combination of walnuts, pecans, almonds, or cashews. All those nuts make this a vegan high protein oatmeal.
- Seeds - Any combination of sunflower, chia or flax seeds adds protein.
- Cinnamon - A few dashes of cinnamon give the oatmeal a little flavor but you will mostly flavor your finished bowl of oatmeal with toppings.
- Milk or Water - To make your oatmeal, microwave the oat mixture with milk or water. Any type of dairy or nut milk will work and adds additional protein to your oatmeal.
Step 1 - Pour your oats on two large sheet pans and bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Allow to cool about 5 minutes.
Step 2 - In a food processor, add the nuts, seeds and cinnamon and process until ground to a crumb-like consistency. Add about 3 cups of the cooled oats to the food processor, the exact amount doesn't matter, and pulse about 10 times. You want them to be partially ground, yet still have some texture. Add the ground oat/nut mixture back to the pans of baked oats and mix it in with a spatula or your hands. Cool completely and store in jars.
Step 3 - To make oatmeal, add about a half cup of oatmeal and a half cup of milk or water to a bowl and microwave 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Serve and flavor the oatmeal with any toppings you like, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, applesauce, raisins, yogurt, granola, berries, pomegranate seeds or kiwi!
- Storage - Store your bulk instant oatmeal in jars at room temperature for up to 3 months.
- You won't need a recipe! - After making bulk instant oatmeal a few times you won't even need a recipe. The amount of oats you use doesn't need to be exact. In just 30 minutes you will have many mornings of stress-free breakfasts! It also makes it easy to make just a single serving of oatmeal for one person!
- You Can Mimic Any Flavored Oatmeal Packet You Like! - This instant baked oatmeal is the perfect substitute for your favorite flavored oatmeal packet while using real natural ingredients. If you love the apple flavor packet, try mixing a scoop of applesauce, brown sugar and cinnamon into your cooked oatmeal. Love the maple syrup flavor? Top your oatmeal with a drizzle of real maple syrup. For peaches and cream, make your oatmeal with milk and top with fresh or frozen diced peaches and drizzle of honey.
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Homemade Instant Oatmeal - Not from a Packet
- 8 cups oats
- 1 cup nuts any combination of almonds, walnuts, pecans etc.
- ¼ cup seeds sunflower, flax, or chia
- 1 teaspoon 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 the 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 ½ cup oats to a bowl with ½ cup milk or water and microwave 1-2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds (adjust amounts if you like your oatmeal runny or thick). Top with brown sugar or honey, a scoop of yogurt, applesauce, Granola, berries, peaches, dried fruit, or your favorite toppings.