Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Banana Oatmeal Mix Oatmeal has a laundry list of health benefits.  It’s a high-fiber food rich in carbohydrates that provides energy and helps people achieve and maintain healthy weight and blood pressure.  It’s also a BIG comfort food, especially as part of a hearty breakfast on a cold morning.   Before we go a lot further, I have to be honest:  This is not, in any way, a health food!  This recipe works for my family.  There are plenty of ways to make it healthier.  If you don’t care to use dairy, you can substitute powdered coconut milk.  Staying away from sugar?  Use coconut sugar which has a much lower glycemic index than regular sugar.  Or you can use the sugar substitute you feel comfortable using.  Please consider this recipe a canvas.  It’s hard to mess up oatmeal.  Because I make a lot at a time and often store it for extended times, I do not add nuts to my mix.  I add them as I make individual bowls of oatmeal.   Honestly, I was never such a huge fan of oatmeal back when I was cooking and eating it plain.  Then I discovered Chef Tess.  At the time she was working for Honeyville and had developed a collection of flavored oatmeal “packets” for individuals and a separate collection of flavored oatmeal family-sized meals in quart jars.  The beauty of these, aside from being delicious, was that they could be made ahead and stored until needed.   I bought stacks of small plastic storage containers and made all kinds of flavored oatmeal that was ready with the addition of...

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Banana Oatmeal Mix Oatmeal has a laundry list of health benefits.  It’s a high-fiber food rich in carbohydrates that provides energy and helps people achieve and maintain healthy weight and blood pressure.  It’s also a BIG comfort food, especially as part of a hearty breakfast on a cold morning. Before we go a lot further, I have to be honest:  This is not, in any way, a health food!  This recipe works for my family.  There are plenty of ways to make it healthier.  If you don’t care to use dairy, you can substitute powdered coconut milk.  Staying away from sugar?  Use coconut sugar which has a much lower glycemic index than regular sugar.  Or you can use the sugar subsitute you feel comfortable using.  Please consider this recipe a canvas.  It’s hard to mess up oatmeal.  Because I make a lot at a time and often store it for extended times, I do not add nuts to my mix.  I add them as I make individual bowls of oatmeal. Honestly, I was never such a huge fan of oatmeal back when I was cooking and eating it plain.  Then I discovered Chef Tess.  At the time she was working for Honeyville and had developed a collection of flavored oatmeal “packets” for individuals and a separate collection of flavored oatmeal family-sized meals in quart jars.  The beauty of these, aside from being delicious, was that they could be made ahead and stored until needed. I bought stacks of small plastic storage containers and made all kinds of flavored oatmeal that was ready with the addition of hot water.  The...