Why buy those little packets of instant oats when you can make an easy homemade version? For me the main reason to make up a mix yourself is to avoid the additives the corporations put in. (thickeners, preservatives, powders etc).
Another reason to make up this easy mix is for cost. A box of 12 little sachets will cost you $1.40 per 100g, and to make it yourself will cost $.40 per 100g. Not to mention added sugar! The flavoured packets of oats are laden with added sugar – with this mix you can control how much and what type of sweetener you use.
This recipe is so customisable! I’ve come up with the basic mix (I have found oat bran and whole oats together create a perfect, creamy consistency) and you can add whatever variations you like. My favourite is Apple Cinnamon (chopped dried apple, cinnamon and coconut sugar) and Blueberry (simply add dried blueberries). You can add these to your large mix container, or just to your individual bowl before serving.
Note: this basic porridge oats mix is un-sweetened. If you like sweet oatmeal, you might want to experiment with adding sugar into your mix (see recipe notes)
- 3 Cups Rolled Oats (or Quick Oats)
- 3 Cups Oat Bran
- 2 Heaped tsp Salt Flakes
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into a large container.
- Don't forget to label your container with instructions.
- To serve, pour ⅓ cup dry mix into a bowl and pour over your milk of choice to cover by 1 cm. Microwave for 1 minute 30 and stir. Add extra water to thin if neccessary.
Apple Cinnamon: 1 cup raw, brown or coconut sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon, ¾ cup chopped dried apples
Blueberry: 1 cup dried blueberries, 1 cup raw, brown or coconut sugar
Chocolate: 1 cup raw, brown or coconut sugar, ½ cup raw cacao powder
For sugar-free sweetness, you could add 2 tsp Stevia to your mix (2 tsp Stevia = 1 Cup Sugar)
Of course you can always just leave the mix plain and then add ingredients to your individual bowl! Fresh Fruit, Prune Puree, Nutella, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Etc Etc.