DIY Almost-Instant Apple Pie Oatmeal

Oatmeal and me– we are close. It is hard to find a simpler or more frugal breakfast.

Thursday I was out of oatmeal. Good! I could branch out from my oatmeal rut I had been in ever since we removed eggs and dairy (in addition to gluten, corn, and soy).

Millet porridge it was! And millet porridge in the trash. 

Breakfast cookies it was! I needed something I could take to the first meeting of MOPS, and still eat. ( Not my oatmeal raisin ones, obviously.) Yeah… we did not make it to MOPS and another breakfast into the trash. When something has fruit, nuts, sugar, and cocoa and kids refused to eat it, you know you struck out.

Thursday night came around and I decided I was going to have oatmeal for the next morning. I sent Mark to the store for that oh, and something else to make for DINNER as Natalia’s over-enthusiastic super-spicy-mustard-adding “help” made IT INEDIBLE TOO!

Friday morning came around and I saw he had gotten the wrong kind. Nothing too bad, it was still the gluten-free kind, but I usually buy steel cut or old-fashioned oatmeal instead of quick.

It was then I had an brilliant idea. Make “instant”, flavored, oatmeal. Sort of like those packs, but far cheaper, and with ingredients we can eat AND pronounce. I really love instant oatmeal packs! They are so delicious!

Apple pie “instant” oatmeal it was– perfect for the mornings after a day where 3 out of the 5 scratch-made meals you cooked were inedible!

  • Or you take the food out of the fridge to put on and discover it has gone bad.
  • Or you wake up early feeling nauseous you are so hungry but cooking would wake the family up.
  • Or you just do not feel like cooking.
  • Or you just do not feel like cooking.
  • Or you have been thrown up on, pooped on, and do not feel up to cooking.
  • Or sending with my husband to work since do not usually have breakfast together.

Healthier, cheaper, tastier version of “instant” oatmeal and me. We are close. You should be too. Just saying.

Apple Pie Almost-Instant Oatmeal

20 cups quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons real salt*
4 cups natural (non-sulfured) dried diced apples**
2 cups sucanat, or 1 1/2 cups white or raw sugar*
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cloves (optional)
1/4 teaspoon allspice (optional)

*Yes, that is a lot. It makes a TON though.
** I get mine frugally from Country Life Natural Foods, but most bulk stores or sites should have them for cheaper then a regular grocery store.

Mix everything together. Store in an airtight gallon size jar.

When you want some mix roughly 1 part oats and apples with 2 parts boiling water. You can mix in the bowl you will eat it from!! You can eat after a minute or two, or if you want a creamier texture cover your bowl with anything around that is handy and let it sit for 3 minutes.

For me I do 1 cup oats and the kids get 1/2 cups oats.

Don’t even wash the pot, but sit down to a homemade “convenience food” breakfast.



  1. This sounds wonderful. I have this brand of oatmeal with a little cinnamon, flaxseed and almond milk most mornings for breakfast. What’s adding a little more goodies?

  2. Yum. I used 1 1/3 cups raw sugar… barely sweet, just perfect. I also added 2 cups ground flaxseed!

    • Mmmm… sounds delicious. Did you have to add more water so that it did not gel up? I am just curious cause that sounds like a great way to bring more nutrition to an otherwise not super healthy breakfast.