WFMW- Homemade Instant Oatmeal

 I despise having to wash one single more dish than I absolutely have to. One morning, as I was cooking a pot of oatmeal, I bemoaned the fact that not only did I have to wash the breakfast dishes, but the pot that the oatmeal was cooking in, as well. I make lots oatmeal during the week, which equals a lot of pot-washing. I thought back to my dormitory days, when all I had were those instant oatmeal packets. All I did was add boiling water...


I discovered that this does not work only with over-priced, sugary packets of oatmeal, but it also works with bulk quick oats and old-fashioned oats, too! Here's how you do it:

1. Put on some water to boil. 

2. While you're waiting for the water to boil, scoop the desired serving amount of oatmeal in the bowl you plan to eat out of. The oatmeal will expand a little, so don't fill the bowl too full!

3. When the water is boiling, pour it over the oatmeal. Be generous, because the oatmeal will absorb a lot more water than you think it would.

4. Let it sit for a couple minutes (the old-fashioned oats take just a wee bit longer). Put on all the toppings you like (I myself love cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts), and enjoy!

No more dirty breakfast pots! That works for me!


  1. This is my favorite EVER WFMW post. And I'll be taking your advice first thing tomorrow morning. Thank you for saving me from washing an icky oatmeal pot!

  2. Thanks, Lisa! This was my first time posting a WFMW tip, and I appreciate the encouragement. Glad you found this useful!

  3. I put my oatmeal & water in glass bowl & put in microwave.


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