You’re Gonna Love it in an Instant

Sorry, Carnation, this isn’t an ad for your product (which I was obsessed with in the 80’s, by the way).

Thanks to Better Oats, I’ve got a ton of flavored instant oatmeal in the house and decided to make some pancakes this morning.


For one serving – combine 1 packet instant oatmeal (I used the Cinnamon Roll flavor) with 1 tsp. baking powder and 1 egg. Cook in a sprayed, nonstick skillet over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Very thick and hearty, and since there’s already sugar in them (or in this case, sucralose) I didn’t really need my usual maple syrup or fruit preserves on top – I chunked up some honeydew on the side for some juiciness/sweetness:


Very quick, filling and satisfying – will be making these again and again (until I run out of packets!)


Most of the day was spent working on a film audition I have later this week – there’s a lot of research/prep to be done on this one, and luckily I’ve got the time!

Lunch was 3 hours post pancake –



Two organic Calimyrna figs too


Yup, I just eat them whole and raw (but not the stem part). A very simple but satisfying meal.

Now I’m off to Christy’s – she’s going to help me rehearse!

  • fitandfortysomething

    oh what a creative way to use the instant oats! hope you had fun with christie!

  • lequan@luvtoeat

    what? another kind of fig? looks like i need to study up on figs if i’m on a fig mission. have fun rehearsing!

  • Simply Life

    great idea with the oats!

  • Serena

    Looks good! Do you think there is any way to make this vegan? πŸ˜›

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      maybe try it with a flax egg – one TB ground flax seeds with 3 TB water?

      • amy dunahee

        I have flax seed, and have been looking for recipes to use it in. would the flax seeds and water give a wierd consistency though?

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Good luck with the audition! Is it wrong to say that? I don’t want to jinx you! The pancake looks great! I love oatmeal pancakes and waffles!

  • Anna

    Have fun with Christie! Ha, yes– I too was a HUGE lover of carnation instant breakfast in the eighties. What’s up with that? Their jingle was very effective, I guess! :-)

  • Christina

    Those pancakes look great! Oats are so versatile :)

  • theemptynutjar

    if u put that in the oven…would it turn into a muffin i wonder?

  • vanillasugar

    girl you do a lot of food prep. i’m proud of you. maybe a chef in a past life?

  • Kim

    Mmm, I’m gonna have to try the pancakes like that. Looks good!

  • Lauren

    That is such a great idea to make a pancake out of Instant Oatmeal!!!

  • Cindy

    That is an interesting twist on a pancake. Sounds yummy.
    Would you believe that my friends brought Mochi Ice Cream Bon Bons over on my Birthday, the day after your post with the Mochi treats? Funny.

  • MizzJ

    Oh damn, this post made me remember that I forgot to pick up some oatmeal today at the grocer when I was there! I got distracted buying some frozen spinach to make that quick n’ easy spinach with eggs dish you featured awhile back :p

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health

    Good luck with the auditions!
    The salad looks really good, particularly with the shaved Parmesan!

  • Jos

    Finally, I could make a good use of my Quaker Blueberry Instant Oatmeal packets! I have no idea what to do with those when I got these as a gift..haha..thanks for sharing!

  • Monet

    I also have a lot of these packets in my pantry….random boxes from my parents, free samples, ect. I liked seeing your innovation, and I am always happy with pancakes. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow love!

  • greensandjeans

    I need to do some fig research!

  • wendy lee

    Hey, do you ever use the old-fashioned expression “I don’t give a fig”? You certainly ought to, given your propensity towards figs!
    BTW, I got introduced to Carnation Instant Breakfast when I was told that instead of Ensure (which I need on occasion when I’m sick) a packet of C.I.B. has all the same necessary ingredients and you can mix it up in a blender with milk, if you’re not lactose intolerant or soy milk and come up with sort of the same product except it’s cheaper. Otherwise,I’m not a fan.

  • saltytooth

    That looks like a massive and delicious pancake!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life

    Good luck on your audition!

  • Aletheia

    I don’t think I’ve ever had calimyrna figs before! Alas, I have been deprived! It’s only been black mission for me thusfar. The calimyrna ones are bigger, right? Which ones taste better, oh Fig Master?

    Best wishes for your audition–you’re going to rock it! Because I said so. :-)

    xo Aletheia

    P.S. Your Milk adventure sounded superfun. I don’t think I’d pay 3.75 for a red,white, and blue cupcake though. πŸ˜›

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      The green ones are less sweet, though equally delicious! I honestly don’t think I could tell the difference in a blind taste test.

  • anutritionisteats

    Love the idea of using oats like that!! I have some that I need to use up too!

  • theexperfectionist

    Mmm I love making oatmeal pancakes. But I’ve never done it with instant before. Great idea!