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Old 11-15-2009, 07:21 PM   #58
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I've had a packet of instant oatmeal two nights in a row just before bedtime. That's comfort food to me but they get expensive so I googled some recipes to make yourself. I'm usually short of calories and this is one way of getting them in plus I've noticed I sleep all night, don't even wake up to go potty.


Plain Instant Oatmeal
Yields: 8 servings
@ Home:
3 cups quick-cooking oats: Blend 1 c of the oats in a food processor until
powdery (if using a blender, blend 1/2 c @ a time). Leave the other 2 c as
is.
You will need 8 plastic sandwich bags.
Optional flavor ingredients (below)
Into each sandwich bag: 1/4 c unpowdered oats, 2 TBSP powdered oats, and a
scant 1/4 tsp salt. Store in a box or airtight container.
@ Camp: Empty packet into a bowl/cup. Add 3/4 c boiling water; stir and let
stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water; for thinner, use
more water.
Note: For a creamier oatmeal: Mix the bag with 3/4 c cold water; let stand
1 - 2 min; then cook to heat thru (or eat as is).
VARIATIONS:
Sweetened Oatmeal
To each packet, add 1-2 tsp sugar.
Creamy Oatmeal
To each packet, add 1 TBSP powdered dry milk.
Creamy & Sweetened Oatmeal
To each packet, add 1-2 tsp sugar & 1 TBSP powdered dry milk.
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
To each packet, add 1-2 tsp sugar, dash or 2 of cinnamon, and 2 TBSP chopped
dried apples.
Cinnamon-Spice Oatmeal
To each packet, add 1-2 tsp sugar, 2 dashes of cinnamon, and a dash of
nutmeg.
Oatmeal with Raisins & Brown Sugar
To each packet, add 1 tsp packed brown sugar and 1 TBSP raisins.
Wheat Germ Oatmeal
To each packet, add 2 tsp wheat germ.
Fruit & Cream
To each packet, add 1 TBSP powdered dry milk and 2 TBSP chopped dried fruit.

Extracts: (1/8-1/4 tsp of 1 ext.) vanilla, almond, rum, cloves,
allspice, brown sugar, dates, molasses, honey, syrups, dehydrated fruit,
chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips; instant cocoa (mixes), malted milk powder,
jams/jellies, yogurt (plain/flavored), flavored gelatins, pudding mixes,
seeds &/or nuts, fruit leathers, peanut butter (or other nut butter),
margarine (or Butter Buds),
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