There’s just something about oatmeal for breakfast in the winter that warms my insides and makes me happy…even if it is still winter. I had been using the organic, more healthy version of oatmeal packets, and was pretty happy with the taste but not the price. I decided my next project should be sorting out making my own, as I do love making my own things. It is incredibly cost-effective and doesn’t require spending 20 minutes making a pot of oatmeal every morning!
This took a few tries to get right, but the most important thing is to start with toasted oats. I put about 6 cups of old-fashioned oats in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. You might stir them around a little once or twice in that time to make sure nothing gets too browned. This toasting gives the oatmeal a nutty flavor like it has peanut butter in it, but without the actual nuts.
Take about half of the toasted oats and put in the food processor to blend to a flour-like consistency. This allows the oatmeal to get thicker when you cook it in the microwave or with boiling water or milk.
Now, add 4 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp salt and about ¾ cup flaxseed meal. I love the added benefits flaxseed bring to the oatmeal, and also the taste. I mix this up and put it in an airtight container in the pantry.
On the mornings I want oatmeal, I measure about 1/3 cup of this oat mixture in a bowl, add about 1/3 cup milk (of course, vary this depending on how thick you like your oatmeal and you could use water instead) and microwave for a minute and a half.
That’s it! So easy! You could also divvy the oat mixture up into Ziploc baggies if you want something portable to take with you to work in the morning. It’s warm, nutty, delicious and cheap—all my favorite things!