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Make-Your-Own Instant Oatmeal Mix

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 servings 1x


This healthy instant oatmeal mix is quick and easy to whip up, easy to customize with your favorite ingredients, and absolutely delicious!  It’s also naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.


  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped dried tart cherries, dried blueberries, or chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds or raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/3 cup lightly-packed coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In a large storage container or freezer bag, combine the oats, almonds, dried fruit, flaxseeds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine.
  2. To prepare a single serving of oatmeal on the stove: Pour 2/3 cup water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Stir the oatmeal mix again to ensure that it’s evenly blended, then pour 1/3 cup of the oatmeal mixture into the boiling water.  Stir to combine, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the oats have absorbed most of the water and are creamy in texture, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. To prepare a single serving of oatmeal in the microwave: Stir the oatmeal mix again to ensure that it’s evenly blended.  Combine 1/3 cup of the mix and 2/3 cup of the water in a microwave-safe bowl (use a slightly larger bowl than you think you’ll need, so the oatmeal doesn’t bubble over).  Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, pausing to stir if necessary to prevent overflow, until the oats have absorbed most of the water and are creamy in texture.
  4. The oatmeal will thicken up a bit more as it cools.  Let the oatmeal rest for a few minutes, until it reaches a palatable temperature.  Stir again, add any garnishes that you might like, and serve.
  5. Leftover dry mix will keep at room temperature for up to 3 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Tip: In the single-serving directions, Kathryne suggests using 1/3 cup dry oatmeal mix because it is about the equivalent of a packet of oatmeal.  If you would like to cook up more oatmeal at once, just follow the directions, using twice as much water as oatmeal mix.

Gluten-Free Cooking: If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats and other ingredients.

Recipe used with permission from Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites To Delight The Senses And Nourish The Body by Kathryne Taylor (from Cookie & Kate).