I love hot oatmeal for breakfast and I used to buy the Instant Quaker Oatmeal in packets. That is until I started reading labels a few years ago. They are full of added sugar and salt. I read an article about how to create your own instant oatmeal packets and that’s how I started making my own. Over the years I have experimented with some different ingredients and flavors and this version is the very best I’ve found. My favorite way to eat it is with some sliced fresh banana … mmmmmmmm! It’s nutritious and delicious, it costs a fraction of what the individual packets costs, and it takes about 5 minutes to make enough for about a month! I hope you’ll try it and maybe even try some of your own variations and let me know about them
6 cups Quaker quick oats, dry
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup non-fat dry milk
1 cup Splenda
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup raisins
Place 2 cups of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a food processor. Process until the oats are a fine powder. Place 4 cups of oats along with the wheat germ, dry milk and Splenda into a very large bowl; add the powdered oat mixture. Place the walnuts into the food processor and chop into small pieces (do not over process, you don’t want walnut powder); add walnuts to the bowl, add the raisins. Mix very well. Store in a tightly covered container.
To server, place 1/3 cup of the oatmeal mix into a bowl, add (approximately) 1/3 cup boiling water; stir well and let sit for about 90 seconds. You may want to add more or less water depending on how “soupy” you like your oatmeal.
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