Prep 2 mins
Cook 5 mins
This is sort of a mix between a rice pudding and oatmeal. I generally like just plain oatmeal, but this is what I eat when I want a real treat. I'd imagine it would be a good way to get kids to eat oatmeal, if they don't mind the texture of it. Also, I make it with many different combinations of pudding/extract. Vanilla and almond are my personal favorite, but it's also good with chocolate or caramel pudding and other extracts. Play around with it!
- 1⁄2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 (4 ounce) container prepared sugar-free vanilla pudding (Like a Snack Pack, or Jello. I use sugar-free, feel free to use regular!)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon almond extract
- Splenda sugar substitute, to taste (optional)
- chopped almonds (optional)
- Combine oats and water in a deep microwaveable bowl (very deep to prevent spilling over).
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes, or less if your microwave is strong. Let sit in microwave for about 2-3 minutes after it's done to let it thicken up (this is important).
- Remove oats from microwave. Stir in pudding, extract, and sweetener.
- Microwave for about 30 more seconds to re-warm.
- Sprinkle with almonds if desired.
- NOTE - I have NOT tried this using quick-cooking oats, I'm not sure how that would taste. Also, you can really cook the oats however you want, just make sure that they are thick before you add the pudding. I have a slow microwave, so 5 minutes is how long mine takes.
This recipe has been in my cookbook for a while, and I wish I had tried it sooner! I used 1/4 cup of Quaker old-fashioned oats and half a cup of water, but all 4 ounces of pudding... so it was REALLY creamy! I microwaved the oatmeal and water for 2.5 minutes, let it sit for a couple more, and then added vanilla extract (I didn't measure it but it was probably 1/4 teaspoon), two packets Splenda, and vanilla pudding. I didn't re-heat it because the thought of microwaving pudding just wasn't very palatable to me, but maybe one day I will try that! I'm planning to try this recipe with chocolate pudding and strawberry, lemon or orange extract... thanks for posting this truly fabulous recipe!! EDIT: I did try this with instant oats, chocolate pudding, and strawberry extract. I think the old-fashioned oats add a more pleasing texture, but the instant oats worked out just fine too.
This was pretty good, better than plain oatmeal! I fudged it a bit and made a packet of instant oatmeal per direction in the mircowave and then added a vanilla pudding cup. It would probably have been even better if I had had any extract to add in. It made a great lunch, thanks!
This is a wonderful recipe both for breakfast and for a snack. I made it last night using butterscotch pudding and was tempted to include butterscotch chips as well. :) Only problem was bubbling over in the microwave (sigh) but well worth it.