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It's Saturday morning and I've just finished my weekly grocery shopping. I was capital D-delighted to find that Albertson's had their Quaker oats on sale. It's just $1.50 for a 42 ounce canister. When this happens, I'm like a greedy spider, wrapping my oat-y prey in my silken webs. Evil laughing and wringing of hands ensues...mwah hah hah....
I bought 10 canisters, dear readers, and I'm encouraging all of you who live anywhere near Albertson's to do the same. Besides making cookies, bars, cakes, and meatloaf, I use oats in a more obvious way: Homemade Instant Oatmeal. Making it yourself allows you to choose from an infinite number of flavor options, control the amount of sugar, and most especially save some moolah, during these times that try the soul and the pocketbook. So here's what you do, and please try to find young charges to help you, if possible:
Put some instant oats in the blender and pulverize them into flour.
Put two tablespoons pulverized oats into a snack-size zip top baggie
with 1/4 cup instant oats (unpulverized)
1 tablespoon sugar (brown or granulated)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of cinnamon

and some dried fruits, if you like That's it, folks. You're all done with breakfast. Say good-bye to busy mornings.
Here's the recipe for one baggie:
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons pulverized quick cooking oats
1 tablespoon sugar (brown or granulated)
pinch of salt and cinnamon
1 tablespoon dried fruit, if desired
Optional: 1 teaspoon powdered milk for added nutrition
To cook, boil 3/4 cup water in microwaveable bowl. Stir in oatmeal. That's it.....but there's more.

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59 comments:

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, brilliant! I do so miss Albertson's. They had the best sales...

Still, very clever, mama. I'll have to watch out for Instant Oatmeal to go on sale here! Hubs likes to keep a box at work, so he can eat breakfast at a CIVILIZED time, instad of 7 am. ;-)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You're so cool Prudy! Love your easy, fast and fun ideas! If I ate oatmeal at breakfast I would sure do it your way!

Adrienne said...

Wow what a good idea. I like to put vanilla protein powder in my oatmeal. The best way is to swirl a scoop into milk and use that to make the oatmeal.

Sallie My Sister's Kitchen said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I was just wondering if it was possible to make instant oatmeal.

Janssen said...

This looks DIVINE. I'll definitely need to do this as I eat a LOT of oatmeal in the mornings at school when it's chilly.

Leslie said...

Yeah..I dont buy those pre flavor oatmeals...so much better doing them yourself!!

Seth and Julie said...

Thanks for sharing this. I try to make oatmeal from scratch but it never tastes as good as those yummy sugary packets. I will have to try it this way.

Kristen said...

I am SO glad I ran into you at Albertson's!! You have such awesome ideas! Love the homemade oatmeal. Now, I can use all ten on my canisters too! Dried fruit that is genius, I have some from the morning moo's sale. I can't wait to try it! You need to wear a sign that says ask me about my money saving blog!! Thanks for sharing!

Michal said...

great idea. i was just thinking yesterday that i wanted some quicker way to serve the kids oatmeal on busier mornings, but i steer clear of the processed pouches at the store. homemade instant oatmeal looks like the answer, especially if i let my kiddos choose their own flavors to make.

Peggy Clyde. said...

I've been following your blog for several months and have loved everything you post. Thanks for the oatmeal recipe. I write a preparedness column for my Relief Society on Sundays. I would like to use your instant oatmeal recipe for the column if it is okay with you. Thanks.

Prudy said...

Peggy: You bet! I'd be flattered.

Kira said...

I love you and your grear ideas... thanks!
-Kira (Kira cooks)
P.S. If you have access to the LDS cannery right now a 25 pound bag of quick oats is around 7.50....an even better deal!

Kira said...

I meant great....that is what happens when you type with a baby in one arm :)

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Kira:
How did I miss that deal? That's indredible!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's a great money saver. Those boxes with the packets are so expenseive and probably not all that healthy either.

Ramona

Jess said...

My daughter and I made some oatmeal baggies and we're loving them! So much tastier and better than the flavored instant packets. I was able to use my leftover "original" flavor instant packets (the ones no one ever eats) as the base. Mixed with homemade applesauce is the best. Great idea!

Kiersten said...

Thanks for this post!!! I am putting it on my "to make soon" list!

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