tina’s instant oatmeal

I’ve never liked oatmeal. The consistency has always unnerved me a little. I’ve really wanted to like it (just like salmon and eggplant). But somehow – someway – Tina converted me.

2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup nonfat powdered milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of oat bran (you can pulse oats in the food processor to make your own!)

Combine above ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

To prepare: Mix 1/2 cup of the base with any flavor combination. Mix with 2/3 cup boiling water. Let sit until desired consistency.

Flavors:

apple pie: 2 tbsp dried apples, 1/4 tsp baking spice, 1 tsp sugar

apricots and cream: 2 tbsp chopped apricots, 1/2 tsp dried vanilla creamer

chai spice: pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and coriander, 1 tsp sugar

fig newton: 2 tbsp chopped figs, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp sugar

mocha latte: 1 tsp instant espresso, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp sugar

raisins, date and walnut: 1 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp chopped dates, 1 tbsp crushed walnuts, 1 tsp brown sugar

s’mores: 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips, 2 tbsp mini marshmallows

blueberry: 2 tbsp dried blueberries, 1 tsp brown sugar

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