Introduction: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is great for a quick breakfast at the office. Not only is it easy to make your own, the homemade version is more filling and less expensive (LESS EXPENSIVE! MORE FILLING! *ahem*) than the store bought stuff, and you can make it without all the sugar and preservatives.

Update: This morning was the first bowl of oatmeal of the season, so I took the opportunity to add a brand new photo (and more appetizing, I hope).

Step 1: Ingredients

Basic oatmeal:

quick-cooking oats
nonfat dry milk powder (vegans and the lactose-intolerant can skip this)
one Splenda packet (or 2-3 teaspoons of sugar)

Additionally, for apple-cinnamon oatmeal:

dried apple bits

Step 2: Measure, Mix, and Store

Into a container or bag, put:

1/2 cup oats
1 tablespoon milk powder
1 splenda packet
1/8 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)

If you are making apple-cinnamon, add:
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
sprinkle with dried apple bits (as much as you like)

Seal the container and shake it up. You now have one serving of instant oatmeal to take to work, school, etc.!

Step 3: Eat

To use your instant oatmeal: put it in a bowl, add about a cup of hot water (give or take), stir, and let it sit for a few minutes to cook.