Making my own oatmeal packets? But in a jar? Recipes needed

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Posted: 2/22/2013 7:02:32 PM
I want to make my own maple brown sugar oatmeal with all natural ingredients. I would also like to store it in a glass jar and just take out what I need but am only finding recipes for packets where you put each ingredient in each bag. That seems like a waste of bags and time. Does anyone have any recipes or links? Even if I have to put a tiny bit of maple syrup in at the end that is fine but I would like to put the brown sugar and cinnamon or other spices in ahead of time. Just not sure how much of each?


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Posted: 2/22/2013 7:24:07 PM
The recipe I use makes cinnamon spice oatmeal mix, but I think if you added some maple syrup or whatever at the end, it would be similar. I do what you are suggesting, I put this into a big container and I actually keep it at work and scoop out oatmeal when I want it. 1/4 cup of mix plus 1/2 cup or so of water (depending on how thick you want it) makes a nice sized bowl of oatmeal.

5 cups quick or instant oats (see note below)
4 T. brown sugar
2 T. dry nonfat milk powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

If you use INSTANT oats, this will be like the stuff in the packets, and you can just add boiling water to it, let it sit, and it will be edible. If you use QUICK oats (which I prefer), you will need to cook the oatmeal in the microwave for about 1 minute.


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Posted: 2/22/2013 7:52:47 PM
I've been wanting to make my own, too!

I found the following recipe, but have been unable to fine the maple sugar it calls for locally ( I don't have a Traders Joes any where near me.). Amazon seems to carry it and I have Amazon Prime, so I think I will just order it from there.

Brown Sugar and Maple Oatmeal Recipe



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Posted: 2/22/2013 9:41:28 PM
Thanks! I've googled several times and either came up with recipes that used maple flavoring (which I couldn't find) or one that used powdered sugar. I just felt like that defeated the purpose of making my own. I had been looking for maple flakes but didn't find them locally. I did find maple sugar at a local health food store do may go back and find that.

If you mix the seasoning with oats ahead of time in a large container, do you find that you have a consistent taste or do some ingredients settle?


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Posted: 2/22/2013 9:45:58 PM
Thanks, Barbara!



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Posted: 2/22/2013 10:07:37 PM
I use a really big, round Lock and Lock container to keep mine in. When I make it, I try to mix it up really well in a big bowl before putting it in the container. I haven't noticed things settling very much, but you could just give the container a shake every now and again, which would solve the problem.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:28:19 AM

I use a really big, round Lock and Lock container to keep mine in.


Great idea! I have several of the rectangle Lock and Lock containers around here somewhere that I think I'll use.

I need to check out the closest health food store for the maple sugar.

Thanks for the ideas.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:01:28 PM
The recipes I have seen have suggested using ground oats/oat flour in addition to the whole oats if you want thicker oatmeal. I am going to use up some of the baby oatmeal that we have left for this purpose.



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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:25:06 PM
Maple flavoring (also known as maple extract) will be in any grocery store on the spices aisle. It will be in a small bottle like the vanilla extracts, almond extract and that sort of flavoring. It should be on the same shelf as the vanilla, almond, and others.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:36:26 PM
Our Costco just started carrying the maple sugar that is granulated.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:41:25 PM
If the maple flavoring is liquid could you mix it in ahead of time?



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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:43:34 PM

The recipes I have seen have suggested using ground oats/oat flour in addition to the whole oats if you want thicker oatmeal.


I think this is a good use of your leftover infant oatmeal, but I wouldn't really worry about it after you've used that up. It isn't necessary at all to use oat flour or anything else to thicken the oatmeal -- you can control it completely by the ration of water to oatmeal mix that you use. I sometimes (by accident) make mine like gruel!!

ETA: No, I don't think you could add in liquid flavorings ahead of time. You could use the granulated maple sugar someone mentioned, or add a dash of maple syrup after your oatmeal is done. I usually add a handful of dried cranberries to mine right before I eat it.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:47:38 PM
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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:48:15 PM
If the maple flavoring is liquid could you mix it in ahead of time?
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I would put the sweetener in a bowl, drizzle the liquid flavoring over it an stir it well. The sugar or sweetener will absorb the small amount of liquid and not end up being wet. Then mix it in with the oats.

Or you can drizzle it over the oats and mix. There isn't enough liquid to make either one of them wet. What liquid there is in the flavoring is alcohol which is going to evaporate fairly quickly so it won't mold your final product.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 3:15:17 PM

What liquid there is in the flavoring is alcohol which is going to evaporate fairly quickly so it won't mold your final product.


That's a good point, Volt. That will be my plan 'B' if I can't find the maple sugar.

I was trying to make a mix that I could make a big batch of to have on hand, since my DH eats it, too. I'll probably try making some both ways (if I can find the maple sugar) and see if we have a taste preference of one over the other.



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Posted: 2/23/2013 5:52:37 PM
When I make it I use dark brown sugar. It has that maple flavor and is not wet. The light brown sugar isn't mapley enough


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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:32:53 PM
This got me thinking about ways one might make oatmeal more healthy---what about adding things likfe flax or chia seeds to it? Has anyone tried a sort of "souped up" version of the maple brown sugar oatmeal? Recipes for that?



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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:46:26 PM
Great thread. I LOVE the Quaker Apples & Cinnamon and have been eating it since I was a kid. But I fear it's full of HFCS or other bad things that I don't want to know about. I'm going to try the recipe Scrapbrat posted and add dried apples.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:10:37 PM
I mix five cups of quick oats and about a tablespoon of cinnamon. Each day I heat a cup of milk, 1 T raisins and 1 T walnuts, then add 1/2 c of the oat/cinnamon mix. Let it sit for a few minutes and my oatmeal is done. I also add some cinnamon sugar and a little more milk.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:25:23 PM
That is a good reminder about the flax and chia. I usually buy the Better Oats with flax in it and add chia after cooking. If you add it before, does it swell up into little balls while in the microwave? I am trying to avoid having to add a lot of stuff each time. Would rather just scoop and add water then microwave. I want to cut time, cost, and waste while avoiding chemicals. My 4 year old likes oatmeal but never eats the whole amount that is in a packet. This way I could make less for him and more for me.



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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:32:03 PM
Thanks for posting this. My kids love eating cold cereal for breakfast and I am trying to cut down on the amount of it they it. Cereal costs a fortune here!
Here is my dumb question. I always use milk to make oatmeal instead of water. So can I leave out the dry milk powder?


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Posted: 2/23/2013 10:31:55 PM

I always use milk to make oatmeal instead of water. So can I leave out the dry milk powder?


I would say yes. But, it's not a lot of powdered milk so it wouldn't hurt to leave it in, either.



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Posted: 2/26/2013 1:24:53 PM
So, I made my oatmeal last night using the link above that called for maple sugar. It was ok, but it needed to be sweeter so I added a few more teaspoons of dark brown sugar and another teaspoon of maple sugar (I had already taken the recipe x6). It was better this morning but not as sweet as the Better Oats packets. Pretty good, though. I didn't use any powdered milk and just added my flax, chia, almonds and a splash of coconut milk after cooking.


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