Instant Oatmeal

Making "Instant" Oatmeal

My kids love those instant oatmeal packets… you know the kind… just tear open the bag and add water.  Typically though, it takes at least two of those packets to equal a decent bowl of oatmeal, and the average box has six packets in it.  Add into that equation the cost for six packets of what equates to roughly 1.5 cups of oats with some sugar, and my pocket book alarm bells are going off!  So I’ve decided to make my own.  Yea, I know how convenient it is to buy them pre-made, but this was really easy and took very little time!  Here’s how I did it!

2 canisters of Quaker Oats (18 oz boxes and really I only had 1.5 since I’d already used part of one, also I got these both for free after coupons so chaching!)

Add ins of choice: I used 1 bag of dried cranberries (cheap I think I paid a buck for these)  You could also use cinnamon, dried apples, dried fruits, raisins, you get the idea.

Brown sugar

Coffee creamer (totally optional, but I like my oatmeal a little creamier.. you could also use powdered milk)

Salt

ziplock bags (1 box, don’t worry you will be reusing these over and over)

  1. Pulse 1 cup of oatmeal in your blender or food processor until it’s oat flour
  2. Use one of your oatmeal canisters as a staging area by putting a bag in and folding over the top like in my picture above
  3. In each bag you will want 1/2 cup of oatmeal 1-2 TB of oat flour, 1-2 TB of brown sugar, 1 TB of creamer, a pinch of salt, and your add ins of choice, in this case I used about a tablespoon and a half of dried cranberries and a shot of cinnamon.
  4. zip bag closed to seal and poof!

I was able to make a dozen of these in about 15 minutes, and I had one for my lunch and it was awesome!  Plain oatmeal can often be got for free with coupons, and most of the other ingredients are basic pantry staples.  Reuse your bags to extend your savings!

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