3 c. rolled oats (gluten free if you need them)
1/4 c. golden flax (optional)
6 c. water
This is the basic oatmeal, for Nourishing Traditions style combine these ingredients and soak overnight before cooking.
In the morning add your choice of the following ingredients and cook till it's done. I like my oatmeal nice and runny, not gloppy so add less water if you want. You may also add whole milk or cream after cooking.
chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon, honey, white sugar or pure maple syrup
dehydrated "just strawberries", honey, white sugar or pure maple syrup
chopped bananas, nuts, cinnamon, honey, white sugar or pure maple syrup
homemade jam (with just fruit and sugar)
cocoa powder and white sugar
NOTE: dehydrated fruit may seem expensive but it takes a lot of fresh fruit to make a little dehydrated. If you are comparing an expensive oatmeal packet with fresh oatmeal you can still easily afford a tbsp of dried fruit in your oatmeal.
If your kids love the oatmeal packets and can't get away from them just use zipper baggies, measure out the right size portion for them complete with dehydrated fruit and plenty of sugar so it will "match" the store stuff. You can always slowly decrease the sugar.