Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets (Personalized for Everyone!)


Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!My mom called me one day. “Rachel, I have this great idea for me and your family, and I think you could blog about it!”

Friends, it’s time to confess. This blog really is a family affair. Here’s the break-down in case you’re interested:

Husband = taste-tester, listener, encourager, editor, listener (oh, did I already mention that?)

Kids = taste-testers, posers for my pictures, budding recipe developers

My Dad = photographer (check out this post and this one to see a bit of his work) and business card designer/maker

My Mom = My #1 fan.

You see, my mom listens to my business plans, is always brainstorming for the blog, has recently started helping us manage our Pinterest accounts, tests my recipes and tells all family and friends about Thriving Home (blush). She does all this for free…because she’s my #1 fan. Can you believe that?

I digress. My point is that today’s recipe idea was inspired by mom. And, it’s a darn good one. In fact, we’ve made approximately 50+ bowls of these Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs just since we initially did this project about a month ago. They are awesomely, deliciously healthy.

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

The concept is simple really. Make ziplock baggies with portioned out instant oatmeal, full of all the good and healthy flavors and textures add-ins that YOU like.

See all those nutritious options that we collected from our cabinets and the store above? You’ll notice you WON’T find some of the ingredients that are in Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal Packets, like these:

NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, DEHYDRATED APPLES (TREATED WITH SODIUM SULFITE TO PROMOTE COLOR RETENTION), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL**, MALTODEXTRIN, CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SOY LECITHIN, RED 40 LAKE, YELLOW 6 LAKE, YELLOW 5 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, BLUE 1 LAKE, BLEACHED BEESWAX, CARNAUBA WAX, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR

These Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs contain all real, recognizable ingredients. But, believe me, your kids won’t mind, if they’re used to the store-bought stuff. Especially, if you give them ownership in the project…

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

Here’s how we did this with the kids. We set everything out in an assembly line. I portioned out the base recipe (oats, dried milk, sugar, etc) in each baggie for the little people, but then they decided on their add-ins. Each of us took turns building our personalized Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs.

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

My children are kind of into writing recipes. I have no idea why.

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

And here’s my daughter doing her job as poser. All in all, we took home about 40 packs of individualized instant oatmeal. A fine day’s work. (Actually, it only took about 15 minutes.)

Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

And, then we promptly ate every last pack within just a few days. So we reloaded again and will continue to reload every few weeks.

The best part of this easy-peasy recipe is that we all eat a fiber-and-protein-rich breakfast that’s prepared in minutes. My oldest son can even turn on the tea kettle and prepare his own and his siblings’ bowls. No moms required!

Moms of moms have the best ideas, don’t they?

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
 
Serves: Makes: 1 instant oatmeal pack
Ingredients
Base Recipe:
  • ⅓ cup instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined sugar
  • 1 tablespoon organic dried milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chia seeds (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground flaxseed (optional)
Add-In Options:
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder
  • mini chocolate chips
  • dried fruit, chopped into bite-sized pieces (i.e. raisins, craisins, goji berries, dried bananas, apples, blueberries, apricots, mangoes, papaya)
  • nuts (walnuts, sliced almonds, peanuts, etc)
  • seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc)
  • shredded coconut
Instructions
To make bags:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a ziplock, seal well, and store in pantry for up to 3-4 weeks.
To prepare oatmeal:
  1. Dump ingredients into a bowl. Pour about ½ cup boiling water over the top. Stir and then keep adding water until it's to desired thickness. Add fresh, sliced fruit, if desired.



Comments

  1. Liz says

    Your mom’s a genius! Great idea. My kids love oatmeal but sometimes we don’t have time for the big boiling pot, plus it’s hard to know how much they will want to eat on a particular day. This way they can choose their own flavor, and we can make each persons portion size fitting to their appetite. Yep, I’m trying this one!

  2. Tracey says

    Can you share some of your favorite combinations? (ingred and measurements etc.) I’ve done some different ones and my son has never LOVED any of them aside from one with cocoa powder and smashed fresh bananas. THANK YOU!

    • Rachel says

      My 7-year-old son’s default one is the base recipe + 1/2 tsp cocoa + a few chocolate chips. Then, I usually add in 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree the day of for added nutrition, and he really loves it.

      The rest of us love the base recipe + frozen blueberries (add these the day of and then add hot water and stir) + fresh bananas. I also add chopped walnuts and sliced almonds to my original pack, but my kids don’t love those.

      Similarly, I also really like the base recipe + a sprinkle of the following: dried blueberries (they are so sweet and delicious!), chopped dried bananas, craisins and chopped walnuts.

      You can always add honey to the end product if it needs more sweetener.

  3. HM says

    I would think you could even add fresh ingredients and then freeze the baggies. What do you think?

    • Rachel says

      Hey that’s a great idea. If you added frozen fruit like blueberries or raspberries, I think that would work well.

  4. Jasmeen says

    Have you ever tried using boiled milk instead of boiled water to add to the oatmeal mix? I’m trying to get more milk into my daughter.

    • Rachel says

      Nope, but we add milk at the end to the final product. Also, the packets include dried milk, so you are adding some calcium and protein that way. You may already know this, but you have to be careful when boiling milk as it can scorch on the stove top. If you do it, you might want to microwave it to be safe.

  5. Miranda says

    After I bought a couple boxes of packets today I realized there must be a way to do it myself. I hate the waste of Ziploc bags so I’ll try making one big batch of the base and scoop a portion in the moment.

    • Rachel says

      Smart, smart, smart! (I do save all my bagies and reuse them each time. But after they are goners, I’m stealing your idea!)

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