Here's the thing, though: Quaker flavored oatmeal isn't nearly as good for you (LOTS of sugar), it's a lot more expensive, and the packets are a pain. After some experimentation, we were able to come up with a recipe that tastes like the "real" stuff (not quite as sweet) and is crazy cheap. We buy oats in 10-pound increments, but this recipe works for the big cylinder you'd find at your local grocery. If you buy the oats from the store, this recipe will cost you about $3.50 for about 30 breakfasts, so just over $.10 per meal. If you buy the oats in bulk, it's half that.
42-oz cylinder of quick oats
1 cup dried milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 t ginger
1 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
- Take 3 cups of oats from cylinder and add to food processor or blender. Process for 10 seconds.
- Pour processed oats in large mixing bowl. Add dried milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly.
- Add remainder of oats (about 9 cups) to mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Pour entire mixture into resealable container.
- To serve, boil water (we love our electric kettle), pour 2/3 cup of oat mixture in a bowl, and add boiling water to your own preference.
I like my oatmeal a little runny, my wife likes hers closer to a brick. To each their own. After a bowl or two, you'll know how much water to add.