DIY Instant Oatmeal
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Nutritional Info
Calories130 kcal
Protein5 g
Fat5 g
Carbohydrate19 g
Fibre2 g
Sodium20 mg
Calcium33 mg
Source: Lee Finell, RD


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.