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Instant Oatmeal

Instant Oatmeal

Why pay for packaging and preservatives when you can make your own containers of instant oatmeal by combining instant oats, sugar, and salt? You can even add your own flavorings. You may have noticed that the instant oatmeal in the supermarket comes in flavors like "strawberries and cream" and "peaches and cream." That fruit is artificially flavored and the "cream" is actually non-dairy creamer, the stuff set out with the coffee at the bank. Non-dairy creamer contains a lot of gross ingredients (hydrogenated oils, an ingredient found in fertilizer, corn syrup) and is flammable. Not exactly what you want to eat for breakfast.
Ingredients:

1 (18-ounce) container quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Add-ins:
For Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Substitute 1/4 cup brown sugar for granulated sugar.

For Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup slivered almonds

For Walnut-Flax Oatmeal
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon flax seeds
Substitute 1/4 cup brown sugar for granulated sugar.

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in large Tupperware container.
Store in a cool, dry place up to one year.
If you use one of the flavorings, they can be stirred directly into the Tupperware container with the oats, sugar, and salt and stored; if you use nuts, the oatmeal should be stored in the freezer until you're ready to use it.

To prepare:
Give the oatmeal/sugar/salt mixture a quick stir, then measure 1/2 cup serving into a microwave-save bowl.
Add 1 cup water or milk, then microwave 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir and serve.


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