Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
Oatmeal is a standard breakfast for so many households, including my own. I wonder how many of you have instant oatmeal packets in your pantry right now! That was me for many years! That is, until – I realized you can make your own! After doing some google searches, I found some great tips for the ‘perfect’ homemade instant oatmeal packets, and I think ya’ll are going to L-O-V-E this as much as I do.
Before I give you the how-to, let me first give you the cost breakdown. From my calculations on prices at my local Walmart, the store-bought instant oatmeal packets break down to $0.35 each! These homemade versions cost just $.08 a pack! That’s a whole lot of savings when you multiply that according to how many you purchase throughtout the year (or even a lifetime!)
So, here’s what you need to get started.
Pretty basic, right?
First, start off with 10 cups of quick oats. Place 7 of those cups in a large bowl. Pour the remaining 3 cups into a blender or food processor & blend til smooth. That’s the secret to getting that same consistency in the store-bought counterparts!
Add the pureed oatmeal into the large bowl where the 7 cups of the un-pureed oatmeal is sitting, and give it a quick stir.
Now, stir in 2 cups of brown sugar & 1 cup of non-dairy coffee creamer. You could use powdered milk, but please note that it has a tendency to mold over time since it is a dairy product – so only use the powdered milk if you plan on consuming the batch within a month’s time!
That’s it – your instant oatmeal mix is DONE!
Now, all is left is deciding how you want to package it. You can use resealable plastic bags -OR- you can place it all in an airtight container. For the plastic bag method, place 1/2 cup of the instant oatmeal mix into each resealable bag.
For the container method, just pour the whole mix into a large airtight container. Then, whenever you want a serving of oatmeal, just scoop 1/2 cup in a bowl, add your water, & microwave..
No matter which way you package it or store it, obviously the preparation method is the same.
Microwave 1/2 cup of instant oatmeal mix with 3/4 cup of water for 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave). Serve as is, or fix it up however you like it. I personally like a little pat of butter & a splash of maple syrup in mine.
I hope you enjoy these little instant oatmeal packets as much as my family does – and most of all, enjoy all that extra money you’ll be saving!
Watch me make these live on Fox8 news below!
- 10 cups of quick oats
- 2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 cup of non dairy coffee creamer OR powdered milk (note: if using powdered milk, please consume the mix within one month since it is a dairy product, it has a tendency to mold)
- Place 7 cups of quick oats into a large bowl. Puree the remaining 3 cups in a blender or food processor. Stir the pureed oatmeal into non-pureed quick oats. Stir in the brown sugar & non dairy coffee creamer or powdered milk. Package in resealable plastic bags with ½ cup of instant oatmeal mix in each one -OR- store the entire mix in an airtight container, scooping out ½ cup of mix each time you would like to make a bowl of oatmeal.
- To prepare oatmeal: Mix ½ cup of oatmeal mix with ¾ cup of water. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave.