DIY Instant Cranberry Oatmeal

Cook’s Notes: I found the oatmeal is thick enough without the powdered oats. Also, I tried the non-dairy creamer, and it made the oatmeal taste way too artificial (there was a definite “chemical” taste). This simple recipe has only 5 basic ingredients, and it’s delicious on a cool autumn morning. And it is much more economical than buying the pre-made packets.

1/3 cup quick-cooking oats (the “instant” kind that is ready to eat in one minute)
1 to 1.5 teaspoons sugar (to taste, start with the smaller amount)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries (or raisins or chopped toasted nuts)

Optional Add-ins:
1 to 2 Tablespoons powdered oats (puree 1/4 cup oats in a food processor or blender)
1 teaspoon fat-free non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon ground flax

Place all ingredients in a zip-top plastic sandwich bag.

When ready to eat, pour bag contents into a bowl (save the bag for reuse, of course). Add 3/4 cup boiling water to make oatmeal. Stir well.

Source: Adapted from thekitchn (link) and The Simple Dollar (link)