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Homemade Instant Cinnamon Oatmeal Mix

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In his Opinionator column, Mark Bittman once laid out a good rant on how McDonald’s managed to screw up their ” ‘bowl fulla wholesome‘ also known as…oatmeal”.

I appreciate that he’s become somewhat of a food-politics populist over the past few years; and I really like that when Mark Bittman opens his opinionated mouth, the mediasphere responds quicker than popcorn in a microwave.

Two days after Bittman’s piece ran,  McDonald’s responded via their Twitter feed: “It doesn’t make sense to compare McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to a candy bar. Here’s why.”

The link leads to a nutriton facts page on the McDonald’s website, where you can read in bullet points noting how full of wholesome McD’s bowl is.

Yes, you can order oatmeal from the drive-through without fruit and sugar and get a reasonably nutritious breakfast on the run, but what you get will still be processed McDonalds-style with “11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen”.

My solution: Make your own oatmeal mix. It takes almost no time and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. Here’s the version I make.

Instant Cinnamon Oatmeal Mix

Karen Tedesco
A wholesome morning oatmeal mix. Just add water or milk and cook in the microwave or stovetop. Store the mix in a covered container.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine healthy
Servings 5 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar or maple sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons dry milk powder, [organic whole milk powder] recommended


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 
  • To make oatmeal, measure 1/2 cup of the mix into a microwaveable bowl along with 1 cup of water or milk of your choice. Microwave on high heat 1 – 1/2 minutes, until thickened.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 229mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g
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  1. I love this idea! Especially since I’m trying to incorporate more oats into my life. Glad you’re posting more!

  2. What a cool idea…that would be so neat to take along when on a road trip. Gas stations are always giving me hot water for tea…why not oatmeal! Love it! Lovely to discover your blog!

  3. That looks yummy. It would probably be really handy when you travel.