Stir up a batch of Practically Instant Oatmeal Mix, and keep it on hand to make, well, practically instant oatmeal. It's a great, cheap, tasty alternative to the overly sweetened, artificially flavoured oatmeal that comes in individual packets.
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Measure all the ingredients into a bowl and, by hand, mix it all together (kid job alert!), rubbing to thoroughly combine everything. This will also crumble up the oat flakes slightly so that they can cook faster.
To make one generous serving of oatmeal, measure 1/2 cup (125ml) of mix into a microwave-safe bowl and stir 1 cup (250ml) of hot water. Microwave on high power for 1 minute, stir, then lower the heat to medium and cook for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Serve with milk, if you like.
Try using chopped dried apples instead of raisins, or even chopped apricots or peaches. And remember to give the mixture a stir before scooping it out to use—this helps avoid the dreaded sunken fruit syndrome.
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