If you are doing the pantry challenge, how is it going? It’s been fun for me, finding creative ways to rotate my stock. For instance, I canned French onion soup a couple years ago, and need to whittle down those jars, so I made French onion burgers. I made the soup into a gravy to saturate pan fried burgers, and served on homemade buns. Alongside we ate pickled vegetables – gotta make room on the shelf for spring and summer pickles!
With a stocked pantry, I can whip up creations, including my own convenience foods, to make life easier. I 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. I just made a new batch of instant oatmeal, adding my dehydrated fruit. I let my family choose from dried cinnamon apples and peaches, pears, strawberries, mango, pineapple, bananas and blueberries. If you make fruit powder, you can add that too. I started dehydrating some of my fruit in diced form, accommodate muffins, granola and oatmeal better.
With this instant oatmeal recipe, you can change it up any way you like. You can leave out the chia or flax meal if desired, or change up the spices. Here, you also make your own “quick oats” which is really just blended up oats before the oat flour stage. This is easy, economical, and helps to rotate your pantry items.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
4 cups old-fashioned oats, quickly pulsed in food processor
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1/4 cup of chia
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 2/3 cup of oatmeal mixture to a bowl, and also fruit of choice.
Add 1 cup of boiling 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.