An Oatmeal Recipe

by Rae Osenbaugh

I participate in a few e-mail discussion lists that include frugal living, homeschooling, and one called "declutter." Recently on the frugal living discussion, a recipe for "instant oatmeal" came through my monitor. This is a great recipe, so I couldn't resist passing it on! I wrote to Deborah Reynolds (she lives in North Carolina) and begged for permission to tell you all about it. Of course, she agreed, so now everyone can enjoy Instant Flavored Oatmeal and not have to pay $2 for 6 small packets of it!

For each bowl of oatmeal, you want to have a mixture of 1/2 cup oats (regular oats, as the 'quick' kind is unnecessary), 1/4 tsp cinnamon, one tbsp brown sugar (I like it pretty sweet), and one tbsp chopped dried fruit (such as apples or dates). It's easiest to make up in batches of 4 or 16 servings:

For 4 servings, mix up 2 cups of oats, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup dried fruit.

For 16 servings, mix up 8 cups of oats, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 cup brown sugar. and 1 cup dried fruit

Mix all these dry ingredients together. To make one bowl, scoop 1/2 cup of the mixture into a bowl, add one cup water, and microwave for three or four minutes. Let stand for another 3 or 4 minutes and then it's perfect. Buy all the ingredients in bulk to save even more.

Thanks so much to Deborah for the recipe! Have a good day everyone!


Rae is the mother of nine (and grandmother of two) in central Nebraska. She says her house runs smoothly due to "organized chaos, and lots of lists! Anyone wishing to drop her a line is welcome to at

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