If you asked me how I felt about instant oatmeal on any normal day, I'd tell you that I think they're a total waste of money and packaging for a bunch of sugar and a 1/8 of a cup of oats.
But today, when shopping for a pseudo-hiking trip, I nearly bought some.
I'm not calling our upcoming anniversary mini-vacation a hiking trip because although we're hiking in a state park during the day, we'll be staying in a posh suite and playing slot machines in a casino at night. It's not exactly worthy of the label "hiking trip" when there's a jacuzzi tub involved, right?
Anyways, even if we're not exactly roughing it, we need easy breakfasts that we can make in our hotel room. I've seen the menus at the hotel restaurant and there's not a single vegetarian item on the menu, let alone vegan and gluten free. And the microwave in the room doesn't do us much good because Mike won't eat food cooked in one (I don't mind them occasionally).
So the instant oatmeal was looking pretty appealing. I figure there's gotta be hot water for tea there. But I just can't bring myself to buy all that packaging.
So here's the solution:
1 mason jar
bulk "quick" oats (pre-steamed and sliced finer than regular rolled oats)
a big shake of cinnamon
a big pinch of salt
a healthy handful of organic brown sugar
There you have it. Waste-free cinnamon brown sugar instant oatmeal. Just pack some glass bowls to eat it out of and add hot water.
*Next trip I want to use maple sugar instead of brown sugar for maple flavor. No way am I packing maple syrup in my bag- That's just asking for a spill!