DIY Pantry: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Once upon a time… dinosaurs roamed the earth. There was a man that met a woman well a teenager actually. Anyway, this man realized wow she’s so absolutely perfectly perfect I have to snatch her up ASAP! Cradles rocked, kids fall out etc. After many many years of bliss with my wondrous man meat, I thought I’d pretty much concluded that cereals, hot or cold were just not something I’d ever get him to eat. Its too crunchy, its too healthy or my personal favorite, the simplistic answer. “No, just No.” He’s bought probably one box of grape nuts the entire time we’ve been together, and for a little while there I had him eating this delish chocolate and coconut granola I found at the health store. It was truly fabulous …unfortunately he loved it because they decided to discontinue it. Boo! Lately he’s been getting the brown sugar oatmeal at the market and I noticed the cost was pretty remarkable. The $5-6 box of oatmeal wasn’t really just the insane part but I noticed Stephen would sit down and eat half a box in one sitting. Yes that is right 4 packets, one meal. So I got to thinking why not just make this myself? I can use whatever ingredients I want and I can add a huge gob of brown sugar in there, (since he’s going to add it anyway) Packed tight in the cute little packages, LOTS of sugar and chunk doesn’t even have to put extra sugar in himself. (I know, I know I’m pretty awesome like that.)

This is a great DIY pantry staple, it might not be worth while to sack up 100 of these. (I make about 5 at a time, each bag or container with two packets worth of oatmeal) If your not really really into eating oatmeal all the time you could just make a few, but you really could make it one bowl at a time very easily. I have to wonder why buy the packaged stuff? After really looking into it I realized brown sugar oatmeal is pretty much just that…only they add artificial flavorings, de-clumping agents and other junk. The cream and fruit varieties can be made with powdered milk or dried coffee creamer and whatever quality and variety of dried fruit you want. So blueberries and cream, cranberry pecan or this basic brown sugar oatmeal is at your fingertips. It all starts with a $2 box of oats and you’ve got enough to make A LOT of oatmeal packets. The pecans add a natural maple flavor thats shelf stable and heart healthy. (keep in mind nuts do go bad eventually) No artificial ingredients here folks. Just Love in that bag jar. Your getting a great healthy belly warming start to any crazy day.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal
Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Oatmeal Packets

This is the recipe per “baggy.” Use jars, plastic containers or whatever you have that is re-usable preferably. Plastic baggies are great, but I avoid them if I can. For breakfasts on the go send along a bowl and spoon, and you can use a plastic container to store the oatmeal. Containers possibly similar to the ones from take-out? We don’t heat food in the plastic tubs, but they do make GREAT dry storage.  Add each ingredient to each “bag”, or do the math and just store it all in one large jar. Perfect for a homemade gift, awesome to send a loved one off with a proper meal to-go. Sugar is optional. I prefer my oatmeal sweetened with raw honey or maple syrup. For gifting, I say go ahead and add the sugar.

This will make packages that are equal to two standard packets from the grocery mart. 
  • Start by making a rough chopped oat powder/coarse flour. This is what makes the oatmeal thicker. It is what makes the recipe similar to the packaged variety, or more like a traditional porridge. Take 3/4 cup oats and place it in a blender or food chopper. Whiz until blended, it should be still somewhat coarse, not totally fine. This will give you enough for about 5 bags.
Cinnamon & Brown Sugar
Add to Each baggy-
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oat powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons brown sugar (1/4 cup its a lot more caramelly and rich)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Fruits & Cream
Add to each Baggy-
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oat powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk, or vanilla powdered coffee creamer
  • dried fruit: 2-3 tablespoons of
  • peaches, pears, blueberries, or cranberries etc.

-To prepare heat as usual. I use about 1 cup of water or milk per packet, then sprinkle on additional dry oatmeal, nuts and seeds for some crunch. Drizzle with milk or cream, maybe a smidge of butter? YES!  (Stephen actually uses only 1 cup of boiling water per 2 packs worth, poured over the oat meal for a crunchy oatmeal)