homemade instant oatmeal packets

Hello again! If you follow me on instagram (which you totally should…) then you’ll know that I spent last week in Portland on vacation with my family. It was an awesome trip and we had an amazing time. The best part (of course!) was all the food, and I’m planning to share a post with some of our favorite places we visited. My three year old Lizzy’s favorite part of our trip was that we all ate breakfast together as a family. She cried when it was time to go home, because she said she would miss eating breakfast together (yes, that made me sniffle a little). It’s been really hard to coordinate our schedules so that we all eat meals at the same time, and mornings are always crazy (mostly because I want to stay in bed as long as possible, so I always end up rushing around).

With the new school year starting on Monday, I’ve really been thinking about how we can make our morning routine a little smoother, so we can actually sit down together and enjoy breakfast. I happened across these homemade instant oatmeal packets on Pinterest, and knew they’d be perfect for that goal!

My kids both really like oatmeal, but I don’t end up making it that often (mostly because I’m lazy). I like the convenience of the little packets from the grocery store, but I always feel like the texture is a little lacking, and the packets are tiny too! These homemade packets are so full of flavor, and are a big enough serving to keep those little tummies full while they’re at school. The texture from the old fashioned rolled oats is perfect, and I love that they are so customizable and fun!

It took me just a few minutes to put each packet together, and I love that I can control everything that’s in them. I added a good amount of brown sugar (because I like my oatmeal embarrassingly sweet) but you can obviously add less if you’re not as crazy as I am. Feel free to go nuts with toppings! The best part of these oatmeal packets is that they actually taste really good. Yum!
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
for each packet you will need:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or less, to taste)
pinch of salt
for each cherry almond packet:
1-2 tablespoons dried cherries
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
for each mango coconut packet:
1-2 tablespoons chopped dried mango
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
for each apple cinnamon packet:
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons chopped dried apples
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
To cook the oatmeal, add the contents of one packet and 2/3 cup water to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes, or until oats are softened and water is absorbed. (As a side note, my microwave was too hot the first time I made these, and my oatmeal totally exploded all over the microwave. I’ve found that cooking mine at 70-80% power works better, but it will definitely depend on your microwave. Just keep an eye on it the first few times and make sure you don’t have an oatmeal explosion!)
adapted from Super Healthy Kids

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  1. They look great! I'm going to leave out the dried milk since we have lactose issues. Hope they still taste good. I might but some oats in the blender and pulverize them that might make the some consistency as milk?! What do you think?

  2. I am wanting to do some work cranberries and almonds. Maybe strawberries and pecans, I absolutely love oatmeal , but will say honestly those store bought can be pricey on a budget when you have to eat two for a satisfying breakfast. And I don't eat much. My husband eats 3 and sometimes he still thinks their skimping. Going to try this. Thanks

    1. Patricia I use a 1/4 cup of reg oat meal along with 2 pho of my favorite oatmeal pots it. Makes a bit more.lol ooh and you will have to add a bit more water also

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