Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets  |  Robyns.World

Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods for breakfast in cooler weather. The instant oatmeal packets you can buy are very convenient but give you little control on what is in them. I recently made my own homemade instant oatmeal packets and they turned out great. I had total control over what went into them and made them with our favorite ingredients. Plus I made a whole batch of the instant oatmeal packs to send home with my twin granddaughters for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast for them in the morning.

WHICH OATMEAL TO USE

When you shop for oatmeal you are presented with several different varieties. I used traditional Old Fashioned Oats for my oatmeal packets. This makes your finished oatmeal a bit more chewy but I prefer that texture. The old fashioned oats are a steel cut oat but sifted a bit more and then rolled to flatten out the remains. Steel cut oats are even chewier because the whole oat is cut into small pieces. Rolled oats are not just rolled like old fashioned oats, they are also lightly steamed and toasted and make for a quicker cooking time. Quick cook oats are cut, rolled, steamed and toasted which makes for an even quicker cooking time. Instant oatmeal has actually been cooked and then dried which makes for the fastest cooking time at home.

 

dehydrate fruit for oatmeal  |  Robyns.World

MAKE YOUR OWN DRIED FRUIT

Yes, you can buy dried fruit, dehydrated fruit, freeze-dried fruit, etc ready to go however it is usually pretty expensive compared to buying fresh fruit. If you buy fresh fruit, or pick your own, then you can easily dry it on your own. It is not hard to do but it does take a little extra time. I happen to have a dehydrator so that is what I used but you can also dehydrate fruit in a regular oven on very low temps. For this batch I dried bananas, apples, and strawberries. Slice them very thin and lay in a single layer. For the bananas and apples I also squeeze lemon juice over them to help preserve and keep from turning brown. The strawberries don’t need the lemon juice since they have a lot more natural acid in them.

If you do not like fruit in your oatmeal then just skip this step entirely.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packet Ingredients  |  Robyns.World

oatmeal and ground oats  |  Robyns.World

One of the important parts of making instant oatmeal packs is the addition of oat flour or ground oats. There is no need to buy this as a special ingredient as you can make this yourself. I just threw a bit of the regular old fashioned oats I was using into my spice grinder and pulsed for a 15-30 seconds to make the ground oats. This helps make your oatmeal creamier.

Another ingredient in my basic recipe is powdered milk. This adds yet another level of creaminess to the finished product. If you use the non-fat powdered milk it is a little less creamy but also has a longer shelf life. Powdered milk is usually found in the baking aisle and is usually WIC eligible also. This ingredient is good to have on hand for a lot of different recipes.

BASE RECIPE FOR INSTANT OATMEAL PACKETS

So here is the basic recipe for making your own homemade instant oatmeal packets. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your families tastes and needs.

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon ground oats
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt

EXTRAS FOR OATMEAL PACKETS

Flavor your oatmeal packets however you like. These are the measurements I used based on the basic recipe above

  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/8 cup nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets  |  Robyns.World

This batch has a combination of the basic ingredients plus cinnamon and a mixture of dried apples, bananas, and strawberries.

Batch of Homemade Oatmeal Packets  |  Robyns.World

After you have all of your ingredients gathered it is just as simple as measuring everything out into individual packets. I have seen several people who talk about mixing all the ingredients into a big bowl and then measuring out into the small packets but because these ingredients vary so greatly in weight and texture I do not suggest this. Instead you are better off measuring and adding each ingredient individually to each packet. It really does not take long to do and you could even get the family to help out on your “assembly line”. In the end, making each bag individually by measuring each ingredient gives you a more consistent product at the end.

Simply add water to your oatmeal and microwave to cook  |  Robyns.World

HOW MUCH WATER TO ADD

This is really a matter of taste. Some folks like really thick oatmeal, some like it very thin. I suggest starting with 1/2 cup of water and trying it out. If it is too thick add more water, if too thin, add less. The amount of water will also vary based on your ingredients. If you are adding dried fruit to your oatmeal packets then you might want a little more water because as you heat it in the microwave the dried fruit will absorb more of the water. If you like to add a little milk on top of your oatmeal you might want a little less. You get the idea.

Cooked Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packet  |  Robyns.World

Cooking your homemade instant oatmeal packets is just as simple as using the store-bought packets. Just dump the ingredients into a bowl, add the water, and microwave. Start with about 30 seconds, then stir, add another 15-45 seconds as needed. Remember that these homemade packs might need a tad more standing time to let the water be absorbed by all the dry ingredients.

Yes, making homemade oatmeal packets takes a bit more time but it costs a lot less and you get to make them just how you and your family likes them. For me the time is worth it for my family and for the cost savings.

Have you ever tried making your own homemade instant oatmeal packets? What differences do you have from my recipe? What tips do you have for others?

Robyn

 

Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets  |  Robyns.World