Thursday, March 3, 2011

Recipe: McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

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I thought it would be nice to honor Mark Bittman for giving me the idea for this post by using the method of preparing oatmeal in his book How to Cook Everything, but unfortunately, I found it too messy and time consuming. It's really not that bad, there's just a much easier way to make oatmeal for one - you don't even have to cook it! I honestly surprised myself with how well this method turned out, and I do have to give Bittman credit for suggesting some of the components in his blog post. The consistency is perfect and there's no goopy pan to clean. What more could you ask?

I've used a canning jar for this recipe, but any microwave-safe container you trust not to leak in your work bag will do (and if you're eating it at home in a bowl, just cover the bowl with a plate instead of using the jar's lid.)

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp. raisins
1 tbsp. golden raisins
1 tbsp. dried cranberries
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. half and half, cream or milk
Special equipment:
Canning jar or other microwave safe container
About 1/4 small apple

Servings: one
Cost per serving: $0.68


Set water to boil. Place oats, dried fruit, sugar and cream in jar and cover with one cup of the just-boiled water. Screw on the lid and shake to mix. If you're using a bowl, stir it with a spoon and then cover with a plate. Let the jar sit for about 10 minutes, although it's fine if you leave it longer.

Dice the apple and store the rest in a plastic bag. After 10 minutes, remove the jar's lid and microwave the jar for one minute, which will reheat the mixture and make it much less liquid-y. Stir in the apples and you're ready to go! I ate some on the train to work yesterday and it stayed really hot.

If you won't be eating this until you get to work, you can either pack all the dry ingredients in the jar and do the whole process in your office kitchen (assuming they keep milk around), or pour the hot water in the jar and do the microwaving stage as soon as you get there. You could pack the apples separately or just throw them in with the hot water -- they're probably not going to get any mushier than what you'd get from McDonald's.

Of course, you don't have to use apples at all. Nuts are a great addition, as are tons of other mix-ins. Any ideas?


  1. There's no maple in actual McDonald's oatmeal either - they just use a bit of brown sugar like Diana did here.