Instant Oatmeal Packets, Make Your Own!

If you saw my post about eating healthy on a small grocery budget, I mentioned that we make our own instant oatmeal packets. My husband takes them to work, and my kids can prepare them on their own.

I pack ours in zip-top sandwich bags, but if you have small glass containers you could store & cook them in those as well.


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  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (gluten free or regular) If you eat gluten freeI’m including the link to the oats I buy. We use them often. I buy a four-pack on Amazon and keep them in my freezer. This is the cheapest I’ve been able to find them.
  • 1 tbsp (or less) honey or brown sugar
  • cinnamon (2-3 shakes)
  • pinch of salt
  • about 3/4 cup water (6oz)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 tbsp nuts or raisins (optional)

I add all of the above ingredients into a sandwich bag. If you add the oats first and drop the dollop of peanut butter in the center, the oats coat it so it doesn’t stick to the sides of the bag. Also – this recipe has 12 grams of sugar added in the brown sugar. This is the same amount of sugar in your average instant packet from the store. You can easily add half this amount or substitute xylitol or stevia with success if you’re looking for a lower sugar alternative.

When you’re ready to eat: We place the contents into a bowl and put it under the smallest setting on our Keurig (6oz or 3/4 cup water). I’m finding that they’re all different, so check yours to see which setting has the output of water that you prefer for your oatmeal. Make sure your K-Cup is out! Stir and let sit for a minute to thicken and cool. Enjoy!

If you’d rather microwave it: Place contents (including water) into a deep bowl (to allow for bubbling) and microwave for 1-2 minutes based on your microwave settings.

Make a week’s worth and store them in the pantry. Your family can have solid nutrition with little to no effort. You can tweak this recipe easily. Less sugar, chia seeds, coconut flakes, flax…Make it suit your needs!