Homemade apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal

Add this super-speedy idea to your recipe box and you’ll never skip breakfast again.



paper or plastic sandwich bags

for each bag

1/2 cup
instant or quick oats
1 tbsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 cup
chopped dried apples


  • In each of 10 paper or plastic sandwich bags, combine 1/2 cup instant or quick (1-minute) oats with 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of salt and 1/4 cup chopped dried apples.
    When ready to eat, add oatmeal mix to bowl and top with 1 cup boiling water or milk. Stir and let sit for 5 min. For the microwave, add 1 cup water or milk, stir, then microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 min. Stir again and enjoy.


Omit cinnamon. Use 1 tbsp pure maple flakes instead of sugar plus 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans instead of apples.

Cinnamon-Sugar Raisin:
Use 1 tbsp granulated sugar instead of brown sugar plus 1/4 cup raisins instead of apples.

Use 1 tbsp cocoa powder instead of cinnamon and 1 tbsp granulated sugar instead of brown plus 1/4 cup chopped banana chips instead of apples.


Issue: February 2013

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Photo credit: Photo by Roberto Caruso

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