Convenience foods are so tempting, because they make life easier. However, many of us don’t enjoy the taste or health consequences of processed foods. Plus, they can be expensive. I recently became extremely pleased with myself after making mini-meatballs and freezing them as a dinner helper one night, and I’ve been thinking about how to make even more convenience foods from scratch. My daughter Katelyn loves strawberry oatmeal, but are those real strawberries in that oatmeal? Maybe they are, but surely something has been done to them. I decided to try making my own instant oatmeal, with fruit I’ve dried. I let my family choose from dried cinnamon apples, dried cinnamon peaches, dried pears, or dried strawberries.
The results are great, and my version is much healthier. And, cheaper, which is always good.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
4 cups old-fashioned oats, quickly pulsed in food processor
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
1 cup powdered milk (the best price I’ve found is at Restaurant Depot, then Aldi)
Dried fruit of your choice
Mix all the ingredients in a storage container, except fruit, and store. When ready to use, add 1/3 cup of oatmeal mixture to a bowl, and also fruit of choice. Add 1/2 cup of water to bowl and mix. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and see if you need more liquid. If so, add more and microwave for another 30 seconds.