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Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets—Inexpensive, Easy, and Versatile
Updated May 1, 2017 with Vegan/Lactose-free options and 10 new flavors added!
It is so easy to make your own oatmeal packets just like you find in the stores with as many flavors as you can think of using dried fruits, nuts, chocolate morsels, and even dried marshmallows. Add fruit powders for an extra burst of flavor. To learn how to make your own dried fruits, search our website for directions.
I first added these to my pantry because of the cost of the commercial products (teenagers don’t eat just ONE packet you know!), the high sugar content, and the VERY HIGH salt content.
Create your own delicious, fast, money-saving, preservative-free instant oatmeal mix packets in just minutes with the delicious variations listed or come up with your very own flavors the family will love. We would love to hear what flavors YOU come up with. Please share your successes in the comments below and we will add them to the list of Flavor Variations!
In this Article:
• Base Oatmeal Recipe,
• Base Creamer Recipe,
• Instant Vanilla Sugar,
• 30 Flavor Variations.
Put the following ingredients into each Ziploc bag:
1/4 cup instant oats
2 tablespoons powdered instant oats (for creaminess)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Base Creamer
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, vanilla sugar, date sugar, coconut sugar or Splenda Sweetener
2 tablespoons chopped dried fruits or other as indicated below
- Make the Base Creamer recipe.
- Make the Vanilla Sugar if using.
- For powdered instant oats, pour oatmeal into food processor and pulse until the oats have been ground to a powder. (The same way you would make oat flour.)
- To make the oatmeal packets, put all ingredients as listed above into a snack-sized Ziploc bag and shake. Attach label of instructions.
Example Label for Bag:
- You can use groats or regular oats too. Just pulse in the food processor or blender to break them up before adding to your packets. Be aware you will need more cook-time for the oats to soften.
- Stove top variation: Heat up the water to a boil, pour the water over it in a bowl, put a saucer over it, and let it sit until done, about 2-5 minutes.
- On-the-Trail variation: Pour packet of oatmeal into a Thermos or tuck your bag of oatmeal into a food cozy. Add hot water and allow it to cook for about 2-5 minutes.
Yield: 1-1/2 cups (24 tablespoons)
Your first step will be whipping up this base creamer for your oatmeal packets.
1 cup powdered milk or milk replacement*
1/2 cup powdered (confectioners’ or 10X) sugar or Splenda Sweetener
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil**
To Make the Base Creamer
- Mix together the dry ingredients.
- Slowly drizzle the melted coconut oil over the dry ingredients. Whisk briskly.
- The heavier coconut oil tends to settle, so I suggest making this in an airtight container with a wide mouth so you can mix it before you use it.
* Dairy Milk options include Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder and Regular Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder. Regular dry milk is sometimes called “Non-Instant”. It doesn’t dissolve as readily as instant milk powder and is a bit more troublesome to find. Dry whole milk powder is available too. Any of these may be used.
Lactose-free, Vegan options include Non-dairy creamer, coconut milk powder, almond milk powder, soy milk powder, hemp milk powder, oat milk powder, rice milk powder, almond-coconut milk powder, quinoa milk powder, potato milk powder, or flax milk powder.
**I used coconut oil in the base creamer recipe because it does have a long shelf life and because it gives the taste buds the flavor of cream. Most coconut oil lasts at least a year, but a few years is the most common scenario. Here’s a rule of thumb: as long as you can’t notice your coconut oil is bad, it’s fine. If you are in doubt, go by the expiration date on the coconut oil you are using. That will give you the shelf life of your base creamer.
Instant Vanilla Sugar
Yield: 1 cup
1 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar or Splenda Sweetener
To make Vanilla Sugar
- Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with a knife. You will use both the seeds and the outside of the bean.
- Put one cup of sugar into a food processor. Put the seeds and the outside of the bean into the food processor. Pulse several times until the seeds are all incorporated. Run through a sieve to remove any large pieces of bean.
30 Flavor Variations
- When using dried fruit, chop or break up into small pieces to add to your packets. This allows the fruit to rehydrate faster when making your oatmeal.
- To really jazz up the flavor of your oatmeal packets, try adding 1/4 teaspoon of fruit powder to the bag. We love mixing banana powder, strawberry powder, or orange powder into our packets. To make fruit powders, simply grind up dried fruit with a coffee grinder, high-powered blender, or mortar and pestle. To learn more, click here.
- Thanks to our followers for some great additions to these flavors!
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/4 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice Blend and 2 tablespoons chopped, dried apples.
Banana Bread Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and 2 tablespoons chopped, dried bananas.
Blueberries & Cream Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons dried blueberries and an extra tablespoon base creamer.
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Buttery Scotch Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon instant butterscotch pudding and 2 tablespoons butterscotch morsels.
Caramel Macchiato Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon instant butterscotch pudding and 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, powdered.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/8 cup miniature chocolate chips.
Cocoa Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1-1/2 tablespoons Hot Chocolate Mix.
Cranberry Almond Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon chopped almonds and 1 tablespoon dried, chopped cranberries.
Chai-Spice Oatmeal. First, make a chai spice blend of 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon ground allspice, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and 3 teaspoons ground ginger. To each packet, add 1/4 teaspoon of this chai spice mix and extra 2 teaspoons base creamer.
Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 additional tablespoon brown sugar.
Cinnamon-Spice Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar.
Cookies ‘n Cream Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 crushed Oreo cookie.
Eggnog Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 teaspoons Eggnog Dry Mix.
Fruity Munch Oatmeal. To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces, broken up, of dehydrated fruit of your choice. Strawberry-banana, Peach-banana, and Raspberry-banana are all good choices.
Gingerbread Oatmeal. To each packet add 1/2 teaspoon Gingerbread Spice Mix.
Grape Ape Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons dried chopped banana and 1 tablespoon dried grapes (raisins).
Health Nut Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons any kind of wheat germ and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts.
It’s the Berries Oatmeal. To each packet, use 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar and add 2 tablespoon chopped dried berries of your choice (strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, etc.).
Maple/Brown Sugar Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon maple sugar. (Or add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup at time of preparation.)
Maypo Maple Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/8 teaspoon lemon powder and 4 teaspoons maple sugar (or add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup at time of preparation.)
Peaches & Cream Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons dried, chopped peaches and an extra tablespoon base creamer.
Orange-Spice Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 teaspoons ground Mulled Spice Blend.
Raisins & Brown Sugar. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon raisins.
Raspberry-White Chocolate Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1/8 cup miniature White chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon dried raspberry powder.
Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoon dried chopped strawberries and an extra tablespoon base creamer.
S’Mores Oatmeal. To each packet, add 6 miniature dried marshmallows and 1 tablespoon Milk-Chocolate Chips.
Southern Belle Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 tablespoon chopped pecans, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.
Tropical Bliss Pineapple & Coconut Oatmeal. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons chopped, dried pineapple and 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes.
Very Sweet Oatmeal. To each packet, add 1 extra tablespoon sugar of choice or granulated honey.
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