I was sent a breakfast hamper a few weeks ago, and in it (amongst other things) there were some of those sachets of instant oatmeal - the kind you just add water to. They were absolutely delicious and I loved being able to have a nice hot breakfast with barely any effort - much more satisfying than my usual bowl of cold cereal. But, when I looked at buying some more, I realised how expensive the sachets are, and how much cheaper it would be to make my own...
So, I did!
The shop-bought sachets cost around 25p each, whereas my homemade version is more like 7p per portion. I like it when my breakfasts are less than a third of the price!
Homemade instant oatmeal - just put some of the mixture in a bowl, add some hot water, and leave it for a few minutes.
At first, it will look like you've added far too much water...
But after a few minutes, the oats will have absorbed most of the excess liquid, and you'll be left with a perfectly hot and creamy porridge.
The creaminess comes from the milk powder that's included in the mix. You'd think that using fresh milk would be superior, and it probably is in certain ways, but I actually find I can't tell the difference between oatmeal made with fresh milk, and my own instant version made with powdered milk.
Plus it's much easier - I hate trying to heat milk in the microwave (it's fine, it's fine, it's fine, oh wait it's bubbled all over the place and made a big mess), and I don't like the idea of having a pan to wash up before I've even fully woken up.
So, powdered milk it is.
I also added a bit of sugar to my instant oatmeal mix - you can use whatever sweetener you like (if any!), but I found that a bit of good old caster sugar worked just fine.
If you want, you can also add some mix-ins straight into the jar of instant oatmeal - dried fruit or nuts would work really well. I leave mine plain though, so I can choose what to add on a day-to-day basis - fruit, nuts, a drizzle of honey, a spoonful of chocolate spread (<-- favourite!!), or even a dollop of jam.
I've made about three batches of this so far this month - each batch only makes around 7 portions, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if you know you'll be using it often!
Homemade instant oatmeal
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- 300 g rolled oats ~ 3 cups
- 60 g skimmed milk powder ~ ½ cup
- 85 g caster sugar ~ ¼ cup, or brown sugar
- Optional mix-ins: dried fruit nuts, chocolate chips, seeds, etc.
- Optional toppings: dried fruit nuts, chocolate spread, jam, honey
- Add the rolled oats, skimmed milk powder and caster sugar, along with your choice of mix-ins, to a large bowl, and mix well. Transfer to an air-tight container to store for up to 6 weeks in a cool, dry area.
- To serve, scoop about 70g (~ ½ cup) of the mixture into a bowl. Add 125ml (~½ cup) of boiling water (or however much you find you need to get to your desired consistency), and mix well. Leave for a few minutes, then eat with your choice of toppings.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.