Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets
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If you're buying instant oatmeal packets, it's time to learn to make your own instant oatmeal! I just priced Quaker Instant Oatmeal at the grocery, and it's $4 for 10 packets. The store brand is $2.61 for 10 packets. Guess what? You can make 10 packets in less than 5 minutes for about $1!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10
  • 5 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1½ cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • raisins, craisins, other dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup (optional)
  • 10 sandwich size zip top bags
  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. If desired, add ½ cup of dried fruit and/or ½ cup of nuts.
  3. Put a heaping ½ cup in each zip top bag.*
  4. To prepare, dump the bag into a large bowl and add 1 cup of water.
  5. Microwave for 1½ - 2½ minutes depending on the power of your microwave.
  6. If desired, drizzle with maple syrup.
Save the baggies and just leave the instant oatmeal mixture in a container in your pantry along with a ½ cup measurer and instructions for preparation.
Recipe by The Budget Diet at