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

Familystyle Food
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 | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 229mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g
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  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!

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