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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.



1 individual serving


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.


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.


This recipe was provided by James Z from Madison