Breakfast is probably the most challenging meal of the day. It’s really easy to get into a ‘breakfast rut’ or just skip it all together when short on time.
Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast. It’s an excellent source of fibre and boasts many other healing properties including the ability to help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
The easiest oatmeal option for many are those little instant oatmeal packets. But, those little pouches are full of sugar and processed ingredients including preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, as well as many multisyllabic ingredients that you would never cook with at home. Also, most instant oatmeal packets contain powdered milk making them off-limits for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.
If healthy eating isn’t enough to make you want to try DIY instant oatmeal, then the positive effect on your pocket book will. A box of 8 packets totaling 430 grams costs about $4 depending on where you shop. I can buy 5kg (11lbs) of quick oats at Costco for $10. The price difference is astounding.
Quick and Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal
1/2c quick oats
1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp walnuts or pecans (optional)
Maple syrup or Honey
Milk or Almond milk
Place quick oats in microwave safe bowl. Add sliced banana, nuts (if using), water and stir.
Microwave for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Stir and microwave for an additional 20 seconds.
Let your bowl sit for a few minutes while you get on with your morning routine.
Add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Stir in milk or almond milk to desired consistency.
Prep Time: ~1 minute
Cook Time: 2:20 minutes + resting time
Yield: One large portion.
This portion is perfect for those with a hefty appetite (such as my husband). I share this portion with my toddler. If you want a smaller portion, try using 1/3 cup quick oats to 2/3 cup water and reduce microwave time by 30 seconds.
Instead of using banana try one of these other ideas.
- Dried cranberries and sliced almonds
- Chopped apricots
- Raisins with a dash of cinnamon
- Add a tsp of ground flax seeds to boost your intake of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
The microwave times I’ve used are based on my microwave. Because all microwaves are different, I highly recommend you observe your oatmeal the first time you cook it, otherwise it may bubble over. Once you have your timing down, you can nuke it and forget about it.
You can easily pre-measure a week’s worth of instant oatmeal and store in tupperware. If your boss doesn’t mind you eating at your desk, then you have breakfast to go.
It’s just as easy and a whole lot healthier (and cheaper!) than pre-made oatmeal packets.