We are working our way through the Little House Living book of recipes and today is our first post! You can read the introductory post here. All recipes will be rated based on a scale of 1-7 thumbs up (because we are a family of 7).
The first thing we decided to try was the Baked Oatmeal Mix and the Instant Oatmeal Mix. I love the idea of making our own kitchen mixes so that it is quick and easy to cook. I love the convenience of mixes from boxes and cans, but I don’t love the extra unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients that are often in them. Also, since we are Gluten-Free because of Celiac disease, our options are limited, expensive, and often not very tasty. So the concept of making our own kitchen mixes so we know exactly what is in them and can save money was very appealing to me.
We eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast in our house. We have a recipe for baked oatmeal that we enjoy, and we sometimes are able to find instant oatmeal packets at the discount grocery for a good price. But the instant packs are too big for some of our kids and too small for others. So I was interested in trying out these two recipes.
Even though we have our own recipe for baked oatmeal, I was open to trying out hers. I made the pre-made Baked Oatmeal Mix. Each recipe for the base mix fits on one quart jar.
I made four of them because that used up the oats I had.
I added less sugar than suggested because I could tell by the amounts it would be a bit sweeter than we prefer.
Then you take the premixed jar and add some wet ingredients and your choice of fruit to it, mix, and bake. You can do it the night before and then just throw it in the oven in the morning, or you can do it in the morning too. Either way is pretty fast with the premixed dry ingredients ready.
We chose to use some of our home-canned apples in honey syrup as the fruit for our first batch.
It turned out delicious! All the kids loved it, and they even said they liked it better than our other baked oatmeal recipe. The only problem, for our family of 7, was that it was too small of an amount. So we decided that when I mix up a bunch more I will double each recipe and use half-gallon jars for storing the mix. That way it will feed us all.
First recipe gets 7 thumbs up!
Instant Oatmeal Mix
We like the single-serving instant oatmeal packs from the store, but they are never the right amount in one package. Some kids can’t finish a whole pack, and some want more than one. They also are expensive and have extra ingredients we don’t want. So I loved the idea of making bulk instant oatmeal mix so each kid could just scoop out the amount they want, add water, and have instant breakfast. Three of the kiddos’ favorite flavor is apple cinnamon, 1 of them likes plain with just brown sugar, and 1 of them likes either of those choices. So I decided to make some of both options.
The results were again excellent. The kids loved it and they really loved the freedom to make the amount they wanted. And I love a quick and easy breakfast that they can make independently (except the littlest, of course). Another recipe that gets 7 thumbs up from us!
So it looks like we will be getting some big bulk bags of oats and instant oats so I can mix up a bunch more of these two great recipes.