DIY Instant Oatmeal
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes


4 cups (1 L) quick-cooking oats
3/4 cups (175 ml) sliced almonds (or other nuts)
3/4 cups (175 ml) dried fruit (e.g. raisins, chopped dried apricots)
1/2 cup (125 ml) flaxseeds
2 tsp (10 ml) cinnamon
1 tsp (5 ml) nutmeg
pinch salt



  1. Combine the oats, almonds, dried fruit, flaxseeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in an airtight storage container or freezer bag.

To prepare on the stove

  1. Bring 2/3 cup (150 ml) water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/3 cup (75 ml) of oatmeal mix to the water and stir to combine. Simmer on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  2. To serve, top with milk or yogurt.

To prepare a single serving in the microwave

  1. Combine 2/3 cup (150 ml) water and 1/3 cup (75 ml) of oatmeal mix in a microwave safe bowl. (Tip: use a larger bowl than you think you will need, to ensure the oatmeal does not boil over). Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the water is absorbed and the oats are creamy.

    Note: Oats prepared either way will thicken as it sits

  2. Top serve, top with milk or yogurt.