This Instant Oatmeal recipe is DIY genius for a quick healthy breakfast: it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than store bought packets!
Looking for a quick healthy breakfast? This recipe is a stroke of genius. And it’s not our genius: it comes via our friend Katie Sullivan Morford from her cookbook, Rise and Shine. This homemade instant oatmeal recipe is so simple we wish we would have thought of it ages ago! Instead of standing over the stove in the morning, this instant oatmeal can be made in just 2 minutes in the microwave. Simple as that! And in terms of flavor, this truly is the best instant oatmeal. Keep reaching for the instant oatmeal recipe, why it’s cheaper, healthier and tastier than store bought, and more about Katie’s book Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings.
When it comes time to eat the oatmeal, it’s truly a 2 minute process if you have a microwave. Just add water and microwave the oats for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Then voila — it’s done! I love a little salt in my oatmeal, so I like to stir in a pinch of kosher salt after it cooks. We’ve been using this for breakfast for our toddler Larson in the mornings. It’s especially perfect for busy mornings when he goes to his preschool, when a quick healthy breakfast is a must. Of course it’s perfect for any life phase, from busy professionals to college students. This instant oatmeal recipe is a lifesaver!
Instant Oatmeal Mix
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, dried cranberries, diced dried apples, or diced dried apricots
- 1/2 cup slivered or shopped roasted nuts
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
To make one small serving (equal to one packet; double for 1 adult serving)
- Rounded1/3 cup instant oatmeal mix
- 2/3 cup water
- Kosher salt
- Pure maple syrup and plant milk, for serving
- To make the instant oatmeal mix, put the oats, dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon into a large jar or resealable bag with a bit of extra room. Shake well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- To prepare one serving of oatmeal, scoop 1/3 cup of the Oatmeal Mix into a deep, microwave-safe cereal bowl. (If the bowl is too shallow, the oatmeal may overflow when it cooks.) Add 2/3 cup water and stir well.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for about 2 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in a pinch or two of kosher salt. The oatmeal will thicken as it cools. If you prefer thicker oatmeal, scale back the water by 1 or 2 tablespoons. Add milk and maple syrup.