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Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe | Quick healthy breakfast | How to make instant oatmeal

Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This Instant Oatmeal recipe is DIY genius for a quick healthy breakfast: it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than store bought packets!



Instant Oatmeal Mix

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, dried cranberries, diced dried apples, or diced dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup slivered or shopped roasted nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

To make one small serving (equal to one packet; double for 1 adult serving)

  • Rounded 1/3 cup instant oatmeal mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Kosher salt
  • Pure maple syrup and plant milk, for serving


  1. To make the instant oatmeal mix, put the oats, dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon into a large jar or resealable bag with a bit of extra room. Shake well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. To prepare one serving of oatmeal, scoop 1/3 cup of the Oatmeal Mix into a deep, microwave-safe cereal bowl. (If the bowl is too shallow, the oatmeal may overflow when it cooks.) Add 2/3 cup water and stir well.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for about 2 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in a pinch or two of kosher salt. The oatmeal will thicken as it cools. If you prefer thicker oatmeal, scale back the water by 1 or 2 tablespoons. Add milk and maple syrup.


Reprinted with permission from Rise and Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American