Easy Instant Oatmeal, 6 Ways
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.
- 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