Bulk Dry Mix for Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

This is a quickie I like to keep on hand for those freezing mornings that simply DEMAND a warm filling breakfast in your belly with only minimal time. You can of course buy those pre-made, store-bought, ready to go packets but they are infinitely more expensive and again have a ton of fillers and additives that you can avoid by doing it yourself. When you make it in bulk ahead of time you can just scoop it out as needed and it’s just as fast as one of those store bought packets too! It’s a win-win!


Dry Mix: Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

2 cups quick oats (grind them up in the blender or food processor)
2 cups quick oats (leave them whole)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 TBSP maple flavoring (it’s a liquid you can find next to the vanilla extracts and such)
1 1/2 TSP salt
2 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP nutmeg

1. Combine the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple flavoring in a bowl. Stir it very very very well. That maple flavoring is going to want to clump up little balls of the powders and not distribute evenly – really concentrate on getting it evenly mixed, a mixer is helpful.
2. Add in the regular quick oats and the ground oats. Stir well and store in an air tight container for up to 2 years.


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Bulk Dry Mix for Pancakes and Waffles


14 responses to “Bulk Dry Mix for Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  1. Angela

    March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    LOVE this dry mix! It has got to be the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. Since I don’t usually measure the water, I microwave it for 1-1.5 minutes. I also added 1/2c of powdered milk (b/c I like milky oatmeal) so I can take it on the go and only really need water! Thanks OtCB!! 🙂

  2. Sherry

    March 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This sounds good, how do you use it? Microwave, stovetop, proportions? Thanks

    • offthecuttingboard

      March 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

      I microwave mine. The proportions are roughly 1/2 cup mix to 2/3 cup milk or water.

  3. Sherry

    March 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Angela, do you add the 1/2 cup powdered milk to the dry mix recipe?

  4. Angela

    April 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I just saw this comment now. I added the powdered milk to the dry recipe, so I could microwave with water…in case I’m running low on milk (about a gallon every 2 days around here). I also wanted to mention that this is SO easy with my food processor. I literally dumped everything in there and pulsed until fine and then added the unground oats after. My son LOVES this recipe!!

    • Diane Rubinato

      November 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      I did the same and it works like a charm 🙂

  5. Kate Pace

    July 2, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Hi, I just came across your site, and I am enjoying it. I am wondering about the maple flavoring…does it make it not as safe, because of the moisture in the mix, left at room temp? I know it is minimal, but I still think about those things. I suppose the alcohol in the flavoring takes care of that ? Could you explain ? I would appreciate it . The fact that the recipe doesn’t call for the addition of dry milk is already a draw for me . Thanks so much.

    • offthecuttingboard

      July 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Hi there! The maple flavoring is very minimal and is safe at room temperature. You mix it in with the various powders and it dries/absorbs almost immedietly and you can’t even see that it’s there. For the dry milk part, I do have a reader that prefers to add a 1/2 cup of powdered milk to the dry mix so that she can just add water when she pours some out to eat. For me, it’s just a personal preference to add milk when I’m cooking it up 😉 I hope you give it a try and like it! Let me know what you think!

  6. Kate Pace

    July 3, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Hi again,
    I just got thru fixing the oatmeal. It is DELICIOUS ! It seems to me, to be the perfect combination of spices and sweeteners. I am no longer concerned about the moisture from the maple flavoring because, it is as you said, It does absorb quickly. I found the paddle attachment on my kitchen aid mixer worked well to mix it all. Thank you so much for a great recipe !

  7. Becca

    May 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Can old fashion oats be used instead of the quick oats?

    • offthecuttingboard

      May 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      I’m so sorry it took me so long to answer you – I’ve been having some major problems with my computer the lately.

      As to your question, the quick oats will heat up and be ready to eat almost like an “instant oatmeal” package from the store. The old fashion style oats take longer to soften up and would work if you are ok with the longer prep time – either heating/cooking them or trying it as an ‘overnight oats’ type dish.

  8. Angela

    May 20, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Becca. I’ve used old fashioned oats before when someone has bought the wrong one… it turned out fine . The texture was a little different, as in the family noticed the difference, and it only took slightly longer to cook thoroughly (less than a minute difference). I prefer the texture with the quick cook though.


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