Instant Oatmeal

instant oatmeal

For me, having this homemade instant oatmeal in a jar is another of my money-in-the-bank food situations: come a chilly morning, the kids can decide to have oatmeal without me standing at the stove or scrubbing a sludge-slicked pot. It's because you grind the oats up fine, which is all instant oatmeal really is, so that they cook on contact with boiling water.

You can customize this however you like, of course. Skip the dates and cinnamon and leave it plain -- or add in other favorite treats such as walnuts or dried apples (or flax meal--yum!). And you can, of course, omit the sugar and serve it as is or with a bloop of maple syrup or fruit jam. But if you leave out the salt, you will be punished with blandness.

Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


    3 cups old-fashioned oats
    1/2 cup date pieces
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)


  1. In a blender, whir 1 cup of oats with the remaining ingredients until powdered.
  2. Now add the rest of the oats and pulse until the oats are mostly broken down. You may need to stop and shake up the blender jar if the oat powder at the bottom is gumming up the works.
  3. To make the oatmeal, pour 3/4 cup boiling water over 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture, stir, and let stand for a minute (I usually add a small handful of dried cherries before I pour the water over). Add a few spoonfuls of milk or cream and serve.

Read more about Catherine making Instant Oatmeal with her family.

See all recipes from Catherine Newman's "Dalai Mama Dishes" blog.

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