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Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets – Kate’s Escapades

A few days ago I bought a 42 oz. container of Quick-1 Minute Oatmeal on sale for $1.88. I figured it would be much cheaper than buying the instant oatmeal packets that my family is used to.

The problem? My family expects things to be fast and easy. If all they have to do is empty a packet of oatmeal into a bowl, add water and pop it into the microwave for a minute or two, well, that’s doable. However, if the process involves opening an oatmeal tub, using measuring cups of TWO different sizes, adding sugar, salt, cinnamon, water…and then putting it all back away, whoa, way too many steps here.

Plus, my kids don’t really like the texture of ‘real‘ oatmeal. Too oatmeal-y, they say. Not as smooth as the oatmeal from the packets. The funny thing is, they’re right about that, the texture is different. They’re also right that it seems like a lot of effort to put forth to make yourself some quick breakfast before school or work.

Here’s the solution:

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets.

  • They taste great
  • They save you money.
  • It takes less than ten minutes to whip it up and package it.
  • It’s so easy to make a bowl that even the most rushed (or laziest) kid/spouse will be able to handle making a bowl during the morning rush.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

(Brown Sugar Cinnamon)

Ingredients: (makes 24 servings)

10 cups of quick oats (this is about 3/4 of a large tub of oats)

2 tsp. salt

4 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

ziplock snack sized baggies

Directions:

1. Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.

2. Blend 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery. Do 1/2 cup at a time, and then add to the big bowl of oats. (Blending the oats gives it the smoother consistency of store bought packets.)

3. Add salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and granulated sugar to the oats. Stir thoroughly until well blended.

4. Measure 1/2 cup mixture and put into individual snack sized baggies and seal. This should make 24 servings of instant oatmeal.

5. To prepare, just empty 1 baggie of oatmeal into a bowl and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Microwaves vary, so add more time if necessary.)

I saved the box from the store bought instant oatmeal packets and use it to store my homemade packets. I also save the empty baggies for the next batch.

Enjoy!

Here’s the great part: cost savings.

Homemade Instant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Packets - Cost for 24 servings about $2.00.

Quaker Instant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Packets - Cost for 24 servings about $8.50.

Give it a try. I think you’re going to like it!

Want to copy and paste to print this recipe? Here it is.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Ingredients: (makes 24 servings)

  • 10 cups of quick oats (this is about 3/4 of a large tub of oats)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ziplock snack sized baggies

Directions:

  1. Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.
  2. Blend 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery. Do 1/2 cup at a time, and then add to the big bowl of oats. (Blending the oats gives it the smoother consistency of store bought packets.0
  3. Add salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and granulated sugar to the oats. Stir thoroughly until well blended.
  4. Measure 1/2 cup mixture and put into individual snack sized baggie, seal. This should make 24 servings of instant oatmeal.
  5. To prepare, just empty 1 baggie of oatmeal into a bowl and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Microwaves vary, so add more if necessary.)

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