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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets

My hubby takes instant oatmeal to work for a snack when he gets hungry and I am trying to cut down on cold cereal cost, so I ventured into making them myself, they are super easy to make too!

Instant Oatmeal Base

3 cups instant oats
salt
add-ins

Blend or food process 1 cup of oats until powdery. Take snack sized ziplocs or small containers (makes 8 packets) and put in each 1/4 cup instant oats, 2 T powdered instant oats and one shake of salt from the salt shaker. Put in add-ins for each packet for the flavor you desire. To make, put mix and 3/4 cup milk in bowl and stir. Heat for about 2 min. in microwave. (My hubby doesn't think these taste well with plain water, so at work he puts in 2 spoons of creamer.)

Here are the flavors that we have tried and liked. I'll add more when I make them; I'm thinking brown sugar and syrup would be good, but would have to add the syrup after the fact.

Spice - 1 T brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg
(For a Maple and brown sugar, use the spice add ins and then stir in a glug of Maple syrup after it's been microwaved.)
Banana Nut - 1 T brown sugar, 1 T chopped nuts, 1 T chopped dehydrated bananas
Fruit and Cream - 1 T sugar, 1 T chopped dehydrated fruit, 1 T powdered cream
Apple Cinnamon - 1 T brown sugar, 2 T chopped dehydrated apples, 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pumpkin Spice - 1 T brown sugar, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Cinnamon Bun - 1T powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and either 2T creamer or microwave with half and half or whipping cream.

6 comments:

zebuladesign said...

This is such a great idea! I've dehydrated my own apples, so I will try this.

CalebNKylesMommy said...

Yum! Thanks. Posted a link back to you on my blog :)

Blackdove said...

Good tips. If you're into alternative flavors, you could try adding Asian flavors into instant oatmeal.

tinanix2 said...

My kids love Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal. According to your other add-in's looks like I should add 1 TBL of Brown Sugar, what about maple? Should I use Pancake syrup, real maple syrup, or maple flavoring??

MJ said...

Tinanix2,

I just do the spice concoction and then stir in a glug of maple syrup after I microwave it.

BTW, I've been eating these a lot lately and I've cut down on the salt, I just put one shake of salt in each package. I shall go amend that now.

MJ said...

And looks like I hadn't added my newest concoction: Cinnamon Bun flavor, it's in the post now. Hope your kids like it, Tinanix2