make your own instant oatmeal

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.