February 21, 2011 by Flora Dawn
If you have kids, chances are you have bought your fair share of those little “instant” packages of oatmeal. Super sweet and ready in no time, they are one hot breakfast that seems practical in the morning rush.
However, once you go gluten-free the flavored instant oatmeal options are rather slim. And let’s face it, they aren’t cheap. They become a rather expensive convenience item. So why not just make your own?
It is super easy very cost effective to prepare individual servings in sandwich bags. My oldest daughter assembles the bags, they don’t have to be measured precisely, so it is a great task to delegate to the kids.
I didn’t do a complete cost analysis here, but hopefully this will give you some idea how inexpensive making your own (even with the gluten-free oats):
Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Oats 32 ounce package costs roughly $6 (this breaks down into 1/2 servings for $0.30 each). Of course if you catch a sale or buy a large quantity, the less expensive this becomes.
Quality dried fruits seem to range in the $4-$10 a pound ballpark, but you are only using a couple tablespoons per serving. Even at $10 a pound, organic, dried apples broke down to $0.20 a serving. Which I thought was very affordable, and of course more reasonably priced fruit, like raisins will cost mere pennies per serving.
If you have some cinnamon and brown sugar in your pantry, you’re set to go.
Worse case scenario making your own gluten-free instant oatmeal will set you back fifty odd cents per serving; but that would be some high-quality, great tasting oatmeal, nothing like the gummy stuff that comes in those packets.
So, if you can eat oats, I think making your own Homemade Instant Oatmeal is a smart and convenient choice. No additives, no preservatives, just real ingredients for a really fast, hot breakfast.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
These are the measurements for one serving of oatmeal in a sandwich-size bag.
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking gf oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TB brown sugar
- pinch of salt, optional
- 2 TB dried fruit, chopped if necessary (raisins, apples, cranberries, etc)
- Microwave Directions (our favorite method): Pour contents of bag into a bowl and add 1 cup of water, microwave 1 1/2- 2 minutes and stir before serving.
- Stove Top Directions: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add contents of bag and reduce heat; cook 3-5 minutes, depending on desired consistency. Remove from heat and cover, let stand a few minutes before serving.
- Boiling Water Directions: Empty contents of bag into a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir and cover; let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir again before serving.