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
- In a large storage container or freezer bag, combine the oats, almonds, dried fruit, flaxseeds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).