Secret Recipe Club April!

23 Apr

This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Aimee’s blog From Chapel Hill to Chickenville. Aimee is one busy and amazing lady! With so many recipes to choose from, I finally chose to reproduce her recipe for Homemade Instant Oatmeal.


Cinnamon Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal

Yields about 1 1/2 cups instant oatmeal

1 cup + 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, divided
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. chia seeds, ground in a coffee grinder


In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except for the 1/4 cup oats. Pulse 4 to 6 times until the oats are small and all the ingredients are combined. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and stir in the 1/4 cup whole oats.



Divide the oats into 3 snack size bags (about 1/2 cup in each bag).

To make the instant oatmeal: add hot water, stir well, and enjoy a great bowl of oatmeal anywhere you are! And use your imagination here: add some dried fruit like raisins, dried apple or cranberries, different spices, coconut flakes, and/or more whole nuts.



26 Responses to “Secret Recipe Club April!”

  1. Aimee @ Chickenville April 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Thanks girls! I’m so glad you found something to convert to vegan. So all you had to do was remove the milk powder – right? I love the addition of walnuts – yum!

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      Took out the milk powder and added in some ground chia! Worked out perfectly! I was debating between making this recipe or the cookie dough truffles… mmm!!! I like my choice, and my waistline does too LOL!!! <3

  2. misschels April 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Chia seeds are the new black. I love oatmeal…this would be perfect for a take along breakfast for work!

    • veg-unite April 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Agreed! I think it would be great for a number of things: bringing to work, bringing on the plane, or even bringing on a hike. As long as you have access to hot water, you’re good to go!! (:

  3. cindy April 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    What a great idea! Perfect SRC pick.

  4. Erin April 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Yummy! What a great idea!! Love that this is healthy and has some great tasting ingredients to boot! Awesome choice for SRC. :)

    • veg-unite April 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Thanks Erin! I also love how healthy the recipe is… and it’s versatile so you can change the flavors to your preferences!! Great food for a dark and rainy New England day like today!

  5. Danielle April 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    How handy and convenient! Great choice!

  6. Carrie April 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Great idea, I’m always running out of the house without eating. My daughter would like this too!

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      Definitely great for kids. The packs are so light-weight and great to throw in your purse. You could toss in some more kid friendly ingredients like chocolate chips and a little cocoa powder or dried strawberries!! Mmm!!

  7. veggiegrettie April 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Looks fantastic…what a great idea!

  8. Teri @ The Freshman Cook April 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    What a great recipe! This recipe will come in very handy!

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Yes Teri I agree!! I boiled some water this morning for my tea and it worked perfect with the oats!! Very handy (:

  9. Devon @ deli-cute-essen April 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Oh this is such a good idea! Love it.

  10. Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles April 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Wow this looks so simple…and natural! Much better than the processed, pre-packed stuff :).

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      That’s exactly why I wanted to make it! No junk like in commercially processed instant oatmeal packs!

  11. Cooking In Stilettos (@cookinstilettos) April 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Great recipe and love the idea of the chia seeds!

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      I added the chia seeds as a thickener and it worked perfectly! And the chia seeds add some protein and omegas! Yay!

  12. heidi April 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Great idea and good choice for SRC – always nice with something like this in the pantry!

    • veg-unite April 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Very true! I was thinking this morning that I want to make a bunch and put it back into the oatmeal container. That way I can just shake it up and use a scoop to portion in the morning! Yay quick oats (:

  13. eliotthecat April 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Dontcha’ love Aimee!!!!!!! You got a great blog to explore. I love this idea and am stealing it! This would be great to take and store work aso I can have a heatlhy breafkast when I am running late. (That would mean I might have to share it though.)

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