Make your own 'instant oatmeal'
My friend Astrid, who does the marvelously creative blog Lunches Fit For a Kid, has once again come up with a genius idea: do it yourself instant oatmeal. Her daughter loves oatmeal for breakfast. But even though her mom is a fabulous cook, she says, "She doesn't like honest-to-goodness cooked on the stove, old fashioned oatmeal. No matter how much maple and brown sugar I put in it. Nope." She only likes instant oatmeal, and that gets expensive.
So, Astrid decided to see how homemade instant oatmeal works out. She reports great success, and the possibilities are endless. She also sneaks in a serving of flax seed meal, which is a great source of antioxidants and Omega-3, an essential fatty acid. You can add nuts, maple syrup, peanut butter, diced apples, anything you feel like and none of the processed and expensive fake food in the bargain. Here's her recipe:
Homemade Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Variation)
(Astrid, as posted on Lunches Fit For a Kid)
3 1/2 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c flax seed meal - I used Beveri brand milled with berries
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 c dry milk
In a food processor or a blender, pulverize 1/2 cup of the oats. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Store in an air tight container. For each bowl of oatmeal, add 1/4 c of the mixture to a bowl. Pour 1/4 c -1/3 c boiling water over it (depending on how thick you like your oatmeal), stir, and let sit for about 2 minutes.
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