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Easy Instant Oatmeal, 6 Ways

Amy Palanjian
You can make a handful of containers ahead of time, then pull them out for easy breakfasts when you need them. Or, make and serve all at once.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal


  • 3 cups instant oats (sometimes called "quick oats" or "1-minute oats"
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (like dried blueberries, raisins, apples, or mango, or freeze-dried strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional; or chia or flax seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • milk and/or nut or seeds butter (optional, for serving)


To make the oatmeal mix:

  • Divide the oats into ix 1-cup containers or bags.
  • Add 2 tablespoons dried fruit and 1 teaspoon seeds (if using) to each.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon. Seal and store for up to 3 months.

To cook the instant oats:

  • Pour one container or bag into a heat-safe bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water, stir, and cover with a plate. Let sit for 2 minutes. The oats mixture will absorb the liquid and plump up.
  • (Alternatively, you can add the water to the bowl with the oats and cook in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, stopping to stir at least once. This way makes for slightly more well cooked instant oats.
  • Top with milk, brown sugar or honey, nut or seed butter, or with sprinkles as desired.


  • Start with instant oats to ensure that they cook quickly when you're ready to use them.
  • Add fruit, cinnamon, and seeds for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • Store in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
  • Top with milk and nut or seed butter when ready to serve as desired. (Adding nut or seed butter will make them more filling.)
  • Gluten-free: Use GF certified rolled oats.
  • Dairy-free: Top with your favorite non-dairy milk.


Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg
Keyword instant oatmeal, instant oats
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