Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets

The "Pickles" used to go through two whole boxes of instant oatmeal every week. I don't know how they did it. I was always full after one package, but they would consistently have two or more every morning before school.

Finding a way to make my own "DIY Oatmeal Packets" is wonderful for my food budget.  It also means I know exactly what is in the oatmeal.

Since the "Pickles" have each always eaten two packages of instant oatmeal in a sitting, I made my "packets" double-sized. However, the instructions below are for single sized packets.

DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets

For each portion, you will need:

  • Container -  I put my "double-sized" portions in the small 1/2 cup sized Glad-ware disposable containers. I have also successfully used zipper top sandwich bags.
  • 1/4 cup Quick Oats
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Powdered Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Light Brown Sugar
  1. Place all ingredients into your container and seal.
  2. To make your oatmeal using the boiling water method, empty your oatmeal into a bowl and add 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir.
  3. To microwave your oatmeal, empty your oatmeal into a microwave safe bowl. Add 2/3 cup water. Microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes. Stir.
It helps to make these "assembly line" style. That way, in just a few minutes you can have a dozen or more oatmeal packets made and ready.

We have mixed everything into a large container before with the thought of scooping it out a portion at a time but the ingredients didn't stay evenly mixed so we switched back to individual portion cups.

We have also considered adding dehydrated fruit to the oatmeal packets but have not tried it yet. I think it would be great with dried apples, peaches or blueberries.

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