I almost always have oatmeal for breakfast, and sometimes even for lunch. I like the ease of taking an oatmeal packet to the office with me each morning, but since going gluten free, that has become a very costly venture. The average GF instant oatmeal packs are 6 to a box with a price ranging from $4.99 – $6.29 per box. That comes close to $1.oo per packet! And the flavors are not very exciting and usually consist of maple with flax seed, cranberry almond with flax seed and raisin with flax seed. And surprise surprise, they taste like cardboard and flax seed. I know oatmeal is supposed to be healthy, but by golly let me at least enjoy it, especially at that price!
So enter the infamous internet search. There were tons of recipe postings for gluten free oatmeal, but as usual, the posts seemed to go out of their way to create recipes too far fetched for the average oatmeal eater. I do not want to hunt for nuts and berries in the woods or make my own raw vanilla sugar or collect sap from a tree. And for darn sure I do not have time to grow and harvest stevia plants, start my own bee colony, or visit a grainery. I simply want oatmeal!!!
I located several basic recipes and culled insight from many comments to derive the recipe below – easily adjustable to your own tastes. It may not be the healthiest, but neither are those flavored varieties that are most popular at the store. But there is no gluten, you can easily pronounce all of the ingredients, and you still benefit from eating oatmeal.
GF Instant Oatmeal Packets
1 bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Oats (contains 10 cups of oats for about $7.00)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (light works better than dark)
1 cup nondairy creamer (flavored or unflavored – your preference)
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoons of salt
- In a very large bowl, place 7 cups of the oats.
- Combine the remaining 3 cups of oats with the rest of the ingredients. Pulverize these in a blender until it reaches a powder consistency. It is best to do this in several small batches. (Thanks for the tip Jillee.)
- Combine the powdered oat mixture with the large bowl of oats and mix well.
Serving size is 1/2 cup of oats to 6 ounces of hot water. This normally makes between 20 and 22 servings. Depending on what you pay for your oats, sugar and creamer – this averages less than 50 cents per serving – half the price whoop whoop!
This recipe is very versatile. Want it sweeter??? Just add 1/2 cup more brown sugar. Want more cinnamon? Add another tablespoon. Want more flavors? Use a flavored creamer – hazelnut, french vanilla, caramel, etc. Want fruit? Add raisins, craisins, dried apples, etc.
This would also be very cheap and easy for those of you non GF eaters who could fill a car with the amount of oats $7.00 would buy.
Go sow your oats!