Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets

make your own instant oatmeal

make your own instant oatmeal
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Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets

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!
Servings 10
Author Kristl Story,


  • 5 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 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 1/2 cup of dried fruit and/or 1/2 cup of nuts.
  3. Put a heaping 1/2 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 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave.
  6. If desired, drizzle with maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Save the baggies and just leave the instant oatmeal mixture in a container in your pantry along with a 1/2 cup measurer and instructions for preparation.


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11 years ago

Quick question: your ingredients list “quick cooking” oats, but in your photo you’ve got “Old Fashioned” oats which are rolled (and not quick!) I’d prefer to use old fashioned since they are less refined. Is that what you used? Do you have to add extra time when microwaving??

Family Travels on a Budget
11 years ago

4 stars
This is a fabulous idea, all the convenience of instant oatmeal without the added junk. I could make this and use a hotel coffee maker to heat water for breakfast on vacation. YAY!

11 years ago

I love this, I need to do this!

11 years ago

This is a good idea, and the kids would like to help in making it too (the little bags).

11 years ago

5 stars
I love this idea! I’m really picky about oatmeal, I prefer it to be hearty with nuts in it. Now I can make it just how I want it!

Kenya G. Johnson
11 years ago

Excellent tip! I finished my last oatmeal packet last week and the prices of late deters me from wanting to buy it. I always have all of those other ingredients here. I getting ready to put my smoothie stuff back in the freezer and try this today. Thanks.

Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
11 years ago

5 stars
This is very clever! Oatmeal would be so good for me, if I would not drown it in butter;) Great idea…thanks!

Rebel Sweetheart
11 years ago

Wow! Thanks for the tip! My son is a huge fan of Quaker Oats. 🙂

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