Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Oatmeal


Every once and a while, a recipe comes along that changes your life for the better. This recipe has done that for my family. Because Little J is such a finicky eater, breakfast in our home has always been a hit or miss. But then this recipe fell into my lap and now things have changed.

The best part about making your own instant oatmeal is that you have complete control over what goes into your food. Granted there may be a few additives in the ingredients themselves, but for the most part, you can eat this without having to worry that you're going to grow a third-eye. Even better still, you can't beat the price. Most of the ingredients are generally found in the typical household. Still, even if you don't have any of the ingredients you'll only pay about $10.00 for about a months worth supply of instant oatmeal. Not bad considering the bill for a months worth of Quakers Instant Oats will run you about $30.00.

For 20 packets of homemade instant oatmeal, you will need:
10 cups of quick oats (not the old fashion kind!)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of dry milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
20-30 seal-able sandwich bags.

To prepare your packets, just toss the oats into a blender or food processor and blend them a bit. Be careful not to blend the oats too much or else you'll end up with mushy oatmeal.  I highly recommend only adding one cup of oats to your blender or processor at a time. It'll be easier to control.



Once you blend your oats, just stir all the ingredients together in one big bowl, then use a large spoon to add a few scoops of your mixture into sandwich bags. You can experiment a bit with the ingredients. Maybe add raisins or cranberries to give it a different taste. I added a bit of dried apples to our oatmeal for a bit of extra flavor, and it was amazing.



When you're ready to eat a packet of your freshly made homemade instant oatmeal, simply boil a pot of water and add as much, or as little as you would like. Then toss it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and your done!

So there you have it, a 5 minute solution to a breakfast that the whole family will love!

 Enjoy!

16 comments :

  1. These look yummy! Brown sugar with some maple is still like my favorite oatmeal thing ever, especially in the winter time or pre-race!

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    1. Yes! If I could have found a way to add the maple syrup to the instant oatmeal packets I would have. I suppose you could always stir it in afterwards! Let me know how it tastes if you give it a shot.

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    1. You and me both! I'm getting ready to go buy another canister of oats!

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  3. Hey Reese,

    I don't know how it would work with your recipe since you use dry milk as one of your ingredients, BUT using unsweetened vanilla almond milk with my instant oatmeal instead of water CHANGED my LIFE! Let me know if you try it!

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    1. That is a great idea! I will definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I've been eating quick oats for breakfast a lot recently--I put fresh berries in them and then I feel like I get to eat dessert for breakfast! :)

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    1. Yes! I actually added strawberries to a bowl the other day. Absolutely scrumptious!

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  5. What a clever idea! Only one of my kids eats oatmeal, and of course she wants the brand from the health food store. She's not picky though...I count my blessings. She'll eat just about anything, as long as it's healthy. :)

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    1. Wow, you'd better enjoy that. I basically have to force feed Little J anything that remotely resembles healthy. The only way we can get her to eat her fruits and veggies is to juice them so that she thinks it's regular juice. Poor kid has no idea we're feeding her broccoli, kale, strawberry, and cucumbers or a regular basis.

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  6. I don't even eat oatmeal, and you're making me second guess that decision!

    www.goodlooknout.com

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  7. You are a genius. I swore off pre-packaged instant oatmeal and started making real cooked oatmeal for my kids instead. The problem is they no longer make it for themselves. This is the perfect solution!!

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  8. Smart, smart, smart, shared on G+ :)

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  9. Yum! I love oatmeal and all the great flavors it can be pared up with!

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  10. This looks great! I love what the ingredients you've used. Very good for kids and the sweetness will help them want to eat it more.

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  11. Ooohhh...this is genius! I usually buy the packets, but they are a bit too sugary for my taste. I love that with this recipe I can control the amount of added sugar, and it's less expensive!

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