Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Instant Oatmeal

One of our pantry breakfast staples has always been a box of the little individual instant oatmeal packets.
My boys love them & they make for a super quick hot breakfast.
The problem is, as my boys have turned into men, it takes 3 or 4 packets to fill them up.
And, as we've been trying to make healthier choices, everything comes into question ...
how can we eat a healthier version of 'fill in the blank'?
This recipe answers the instant oatmeal question!

This takes no time to put together -- it's healthier & tastes even better!
I've tried a few different recipes & this is the one I like best.

Here are the ingredients:

6 cups quick oats, divided      
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c non-dairy creamer {powder}

Pour 4 cups of the oats in a large snap-top storage container {or a gallon ziploc bag}.
Pulse the additional 2 cups of oats in a food processor until they are more of a finer,
almost powdery consistency.
Add to the other oats.
Stir in powdered creamer, brown sugar, and salt until well mixed.

To make a bowl of oatmeal, scoop 1/2 cup of the instant oatmeal mixture into a bowl.
Add approximately 3/4 cup of water to oatmeal.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Add milk, cream, butter, dried fruits or nuts ... whatever you enjoy mixed into your oatmeal.

See my funny pink label on top ;)  It also has the recipe written on it so I don't have to look it up each time.

And just how easy is that?!
You get waaayy more for your money going this route!

And if you need it on the go, just put the desired amount into a small ziploc bag
for a portable, quick breakfast.

This recipe makes it easy to RISE & SHINE!

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  1. Excellent! My husband really likes the instant packets, but this would be so great to make and have on hand.

    1. It is so simple! Hope you enjoy it like we have, Michelle.

  2. I always love coming here and seeing what you whip up next!

    1. Whipping up something yummy, hopefully =) Thanks for stopping by, Ashley! You are one of my favorite visitors.

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  4. My children grew up on homemade oatmeal. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!

    1. So healthy & comforting. We like the crock pot oatmeal too. Thank you for visiting Call Her Blessed!

  5. What a cute idea. Great DIY. :)

  6. Sounds kids have done similar things w/ using the quick oats and adding cinnamon and raisins. I limited them to 1 packet when we had them....and they added the other to stretch it. This is a good idea, though. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. My MIL used to buy our sons {when they were little guys} the 'dinosaur eggs' oatmeal packets. They had little 'eggs' that would open up after they were warm. They thought that was the neatest thing ever! Thanks for stopping in.