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Homemade Instant Oatmeal

We eat a LOT of oatmeal around here…mainly because we like it and it’s a good, whole-grain source for fuel in the morning. And it’s fast. Our preferred way of eating it is in Baked Oatmeal, but we ain’t hatin’.  We’ll also eat it creamy style with delicious add-ins. However, my husband eats in his truck on the way to work, so sending him creamy oatmeal is a disaster waiting to happen – for him, it’s Baked Oatmeal or otherwise he might get a reputation at work as Mr. Oatmeal Pants Man. That ain’t cool.


But most of the time, if I’m going to make creamy oatmeal, it’s for my kids. It’s something I can whip up really fast for them when they won’t eat what I’m having – or when Mama isn’t in a mood to share her pancakes (don’t be lying to yourself…you know you have those moods too – like a woman guarding her chocolate).

There are approximately 1.5 million different options for instant oatmeal in the store. It boggles the mind: cranberry orange, snap-crackle-pop, apple cinnamon, apple spice, cinnamon swirl, polly-wally-doodle, snickerdoodle, not-sure-whats-in-this-one-so-we-call-it-kitchen-sink. But if you want to feed oatmeal to your kids on a regular basis, and you want to go the gluten-free or organic route, you’re gonna be dropping some good sized cash for that type of instant oatmeal.


Well, Stacy and her money are not soon parted. I like to make things at home when I can – instead of spending a fortune at the grocery store. Making your own instant oatmeal is a breeze. You can make large amounts of it and store it in mason jars (because storing things in mason jars is a hobby of mine).


You can save quite a bit of money by making your own instant oatmeal and just adding the toppings or stir-ins that you like at the end. The options for toppings are almost endless! But I’ll just tell you, once you put chocolate chips in there one time, you’re a goner. Your 4 year old will never forget that. Busted.


So, here it is…my quick and easy version of instant oatmeal. It’s a big hit here – and Mama gets to keep her pancakes. Booya.

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Homemade Instant Oatmeal


Serves: 8


  • 4 cups instant oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (I like using this for the kids since it has a lower glycemic index)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Blend 1 cup oats in food processor until powdery.
  2. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, salt, and remaining oats.
  3. Store in airtight container.
  4. Use ½ cup oats to 1 – 1 ½ cups water (depending on desired thickness).
  5. Cook this just like you would when preparing oatmeal on the stovetop.
  6. Add in or topping options: nuts, fruit, dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, seeds, Chia, jelly, nut butters, spices, pureed vegetables, cocoa powder, yogurt, etc.

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  • Thanks for the recipe, DEF gonna be putting TO great use around here! I’m switching my family to a more organic, GLUTEN FREE diet as things run out, but it is RATHER EXPENSIVE, to say the least!! Right now, expensive DOESN’T cut it, since my husband is a federal employee w/Dept. of Justice & we have NO clue when we will get paid again! This situation is SOO FRUSTRATING, they’re making him go to work everyday b/c he’s an essential employee & Congress/Senate want to be kept safe while THEY GET THEIR CHECKS but we, the little folks, don’t get money! Sorry, a rant FOR another day! I do know God will provide & HE is going to teach me something THRU THIS! Now, my question & the reason I am commenting. When we do oatmeal around here, it’s in the microwave kind (instant). In your directions, you state “to cook like normal on the stovetop.” I’ve never done that method, so can you give me an estimated cooking time , please? Lastly, my family likes the fruit & cream kind, so I figure the SKIM milk powder should work for that, what amount would I put in a batch, the size of your listed recipe?
    Thank you for your prompt answer to my questions & my little rant. Thank you for posting recipes & such. Your posts always make me smile or LOL! GOD BLESS!

    Shannon Smith October 12, 2013 AT 5:13 am
  • I work in an office surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops. I am trying to lose weight, I love oats, and I won’t spend $3 at Starbucks for theirs.

    I added dry skim milk, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, raisins, cinnamon and flax.

    I bought an electric kettle, brought a bowl and spoon from home, and now I can eat oatmeal (4 WW points) instead of the other wildly tempting foods all around me.

    Alison September 20, 2013 AT 8:59 pm
    • So smart! Good for you!

      Stacy September 23, 2013 AT 7:35 pm
  • What is the equivalent if I use regular sugar or brown sugar? As I don’t have coconut sugar. Also what is your baked recipe?

    Christine September 20, 2013 AT 7:49 pm

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