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Homemade Instant Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal
I like oatmeal, but don't always have time to make it. I've tried commerically available instant oatmeal, but do not necessarily like the taste. So, I learned to make my own kind from fresh ingredients I have at home. It is fresh-tasting and much less dense and starchy than some of the commercially made instant oatmeal products.

Submitted by: James from Madison, WI
Yield: 1 individual serving


Featured in this Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons "quick" oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar ( for variety, try vanilla sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon raisins
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 walnut pieces, broken, optional
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Preparation Instructions:

In a plastic sandwich bag or zip-lock “snack” bag, combine all the dry ingredients

Seal each bag and store in a cool, dry place.

When ready to use, place the contents into a cereal bowl and add ½ cup boiling water. Let stand about a minute before it’s ready to eat.

Helpful Hints

Use fresh cinnamon to bring out the flavor, and try different kinds of cinnamon to vary the taste. The Chinese cinnamon is a good starting point, and Ceylon cinnamon is also fine. Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon has a stronger taste, which I personally like. This can be a good recipe to prepare with children, since they can work as a team to measure the ingredients and assemble each portion. For vegan oatmeal, use beet sugar or evaporated cane sugar instead of brown sugar.

Based on 2 reviews

Customer Reviews

Mary Ann S

I will be trying this. I make a Chai Oatmeal with 1 bowl in the microwave.
1/2 c. quick oatmeal
1 c milk
raisins or any other dried fruit
Cinnamon to taste,
Ginger about 1/2 tsp.
Cardamon about 1/2 tsp
Add all together, in a microwave safe bowl. My microwave does it in 2 min. so check how fast your microwave works.
Once its done, I add about 1 tsp of brown sugar.

Hali Megan G

I love this recipe! Instead of using boiling water I used 1% milk and Microwaved everything for 1 min! I also added just a little hint of butter! Nothing like waking up to a good bowl of Oatmeal on a bone chilling morning!

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