I have fond childhood memories of the packets of instant oatmeal - still like it! My husband and son like oatmeal, too...but in our house there's only time for instant. Rather than spending the $$ on bunches of packets, I found a recipe to make a batch of the instant stuff to keep on hand. Much cheaper! We always have this available for breakfast.
Instant Oatmeal Mix
18 oz. quick-cooking oats (about 7 cups)
3.2 oz. nonfat dry milk (about 1-1/3 cups)
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup raisins (I like to use dried currants 'cause they're smaller)
In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Transfer to airtight container. For breakfast: Scoop 1/2 cup oatmeal mix into bowl. Add 1/2 cup water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Rest for 5 minutes. Makes about 16 servings.
A few months ago, I found another yummy version of an instant oatmeal mix in The Mason Jar Soup-to-Nuts Cookbook:
Apple Oatmeal Mix
6 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apples
1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
Combine ingredients in large bowl. Store in airtight container. For breakfast: Place 1/2 cup oatmeal mix into bowl, add 2/3 cup boiling water, and stir gently until well mixed. Let stand for 2 minutes to thicken; stir again. Makes about 16 servings.
That's it! Homemade instant oatmeal mix works for me! For more great tips and ideas, be sure to stop by Rocks In My Dryer for Works-for-me-Wednesday.