Back at Christmas, I picked up some 42 oz canisters of quick oats on sale for 99 cents. I was so happy with the price. Then, about a week and a half ago, I did a coupon deal where I got a 42 oz. canister of quick oats for 14 cents! Last week, I got one of the little 18 oz. canisters of quick oats for free with coupons. What's next? Paying me to take quick oats?
It's time to make sure that oatmeal gets into the breakfast rotation.
Based on our 'testing' here at Ten Things Farm, these are not instant oats. You cannot just add some hot tap water and end up with something that will make you happy. However, they can be cooked in the microwave (watch that they don't rise up over the sides of your container) or better yet, cooked on the stove in just a couple minutes.
This is easy - you just combine all the dry ingredients in a canister, give it a good shake or stir, and that's it! You can add any dry fruit that you like. For this batch, we used some apples we dried at home
and a few craisins that I found in the cupboard. I tore the apples into small pieces, which only took a moment, stirred everything together, wrote the cooking directions on the jar with a Sharpie and that was that.
Here is the recipe. Adjust it as you see fit - you may prefer your oats a little sweeter or with a bit more milk. You could use stevia in place of the sugar, try a different spice (pumpkin pie spice?) leave out the milk entirely - just make adjustments as you see fit.
Ten Things Farm - Apple Cinnamon Quick Oats
4 cups quick oats
1/2 cup powdered oats (put 1/2 cup oats in the blender, whir, and add to storage container - no need to re-measure)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (break it up before adding it to the canister - it's just easier that way)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup dried apples, cut or torn in to small pieces
1/2 cup milk powder (if you don't have milk powder, leave it out, and make the oats with half milk and half water)
To make a bowl of oats, simply measure 1/2 cup of the mixture into a bowl. Add 1 cup water and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Watch to be sure that your oats don't overflow the bowl.
To make multiple servings, measure 1/2 cup of the mixture per person into a saucepan, and add 1 cup water per person. Bring to a simmer; simmer about one minutes - that's it!