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instant oatmeal

When I am traveling, I eat almost all my own food.  There is a random meal or ice cream cone that is not something I have fixed but otherwise it is mine.  When we are camping and Koda Bear likes oatmeal when it is cold, that can be difficult.  

In comes Carmella Rayone's blog Assortment.  She posted a recipe for making your own instant oatmeal.  Something I hate buying but do for boyos who want a quick bowl of oats.  A bowl of oats that takes as long to make as to brew the tea.  I figured I would give it a try at home.

I roasted 2 cups of rolled oats as a test.  325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.  I put them in a blender with a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  I upped the salt a bit from the original recipe to make dividing by three easier.  I also add cinnamon because I did not wish to have to carry cinnamon in the camping gear.  Powdered ginger would be good too.

It looked like coarse flour or cornmeal.  I then covered the oats with about twice as much boiling water as oats.  I gave it a good stir and covered the small bowl with a saucer.  Let sit about four minutes

All the oats needed was the additions of brown sugar, butter, and a spoon.  

Koda Bear was very pleased with the oatmeal.  Now, camping we did eat pan toast of the cinnamon swirl bread I had made for most of our travels.  But that has to do more with pan toast and cinnamon swirl bread being favorites.  We also really only had one cold morning.

But now I have a jar of homemade instant oatmeal.  From groceries that are always in my house.  Less trash.  More options of what to put in it except eggs that become dinosaurs or gummy bears  It pleases me.

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