Making Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets

United States
February 1, 2007 1:43pm CST
Kids love those little individual packets of oatmeal but they can put a cramp in your budget. Did you know you can make them yourself and save a ton of money? It is so easy that you willl wonder why you ever purchased them at the store. you wil also feel better about your kids eating them because oatmeal is good for you. Are you ready to begin making your own now? This recipe makes 10 individual packets of oatmeal. Blend 1/2 cup oats until powdery. Into each of the 10 packets (I use ziploc sandwich bags) combine the following ingredients 1/4 cup unpowdered oats (not the ones you just blended) 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon powdered oats 1 teaspoon sugar (optional) close the top and store in a dry place Microwave directions for cooking Empty packet into microwavable bowl. Add 2/3 cup water or milk. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir You can add dried or fresh fruit, cinnamon, honey or whatever to the oatmeal.
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46 responses
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Hey Smart Gal!, Glad to see that you are back at the keyboard,again!, This is a pretty good idea for aging adults, too... The preparation of combinations that they like in easy opening ziploc bags, instead of those indestructable commercial envelopes is a good idea! Thanks again!
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I've made a batch for one of my clients in the last 24 hours... she has arthritic hands but still likes to cook for herself and loves oatmeal. She can handle unzipping a plastic bag much more easily than tearing open a reinforced envelope, and she sends her thanks to you! :)
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I am really glad that it helped her to be more independent. That is important to the elderly. Thanks for letting me know. :)
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
1 Feb 07
This is a useful tip for me, because I love oatmeal and try to include it in my diet almost every day! I don't have the packets, and usually just get the oatmeal in large round containers. It would be nice to seperate the servings out as you were suggesting, as it would help me to meter out how much I eat per day! Plus, it would be a handy way to get the meal ready if i am in a hurry. Thanks! ^_^
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
2 Feb 07
Yes, a good suplimentary for breakfast, but oatmeal cannot be considered as a full breakfast. Very easy to prepare and n India it is available with different brands, the only brand i prefer is from Quaker. Good quality, very clean and soft. In my home my wifes only food she prepares instantly and like to prepare when Iam in a hurry is Oats Poridge. Just boil for 2-5 minutes, add milk salt / sugar according to your choice and drik thats it. If u have one glass at 08:00 am u can manage till 12:00 noon, best food and thanks for my friend who introduced me oats.
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
2 Feb 07
well once again you have amazed me ...that is an awesome idea..I love oatmeal and so does my 2 yr old , I have always bought the indivual packets and they are very expensive ...so a great idea for sure ...best part this is so simple too !!!
• United States
2 Feb 07
That is the thing, homemade is so easy. Companies make a fortunte off poeple by making mixed convient. Homemade just takes a few minutes of your time.
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
1 Feb 07
thanks for the tip! i've often thought of that, we can buy a box of oatmeal for about 1.50 cheap brand, that has ten packets, but really only lasts a max of five days (with one child) or we can actually just buy the bigger containers of plain oatmeal and sweeten it ourselves. We opt for the bigger containers. As much as i might appreciate efficiency, i'm only willing to pay so much for it.
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
2 Feb 07
We do buy bigger containers, bcoz I have two kids and both of like to have Oats in various flavours. It is really good for health for all ages. I prefer to have oatmeal in the form of Poridge, now Oats biscuits are available which I my kids prefer always. Try with Oats biscuit will workout good for kids.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
2 Feb 07
My son loves the little packets, never thought of making them myself. Thanks this will be alot cheaper and he will learn to create some stuff on his own.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Now this one I am also going to have to print out. My first thought was that I buy they generic packets/boxes for only $1.50 each. But trust me, my kids can go through oatmeal!!!! They like a lot of the different flavors. But if I made this as the cinnamon flavored that they love as opposed to buying it all the time in the boxes...then it would save me money on the cinnamon flavored at least. I don't know how to make it cinnamon apple without real apples. My kids can go through a whole bag of apples in less than a week! So, this one really helps. Thanks!
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@Meljep (1668)
• United States
2 Feb 07
That sounds yummy. You are so right about the pre packaged stuff putting a crimp in your wallet. What a good idea to make your own zip lock baggies of the same thing for much less.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
2 Feb 07
This is an excellent recipe village! Although the two children remaining at home are teens, they don't like to spend a great deal of time cooking on school mornings. The convenience of this might work! I could also send these to my daughter once she is in college this coming August! (I would require her to save the baggies for reuse!) Thanks for another time-saving, money-saving recipe!
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@jossml (464)
• Puerto Rico
2 Feb 07
I like oatmeal, it is part of my diet, am going to try this recipe my self very healthy thanks.
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
2 Feb 07
This is interesting, I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
2 Feb 07
My granddaughter will love this. She eats oatmeal every morning for breakfast. This is a very good idea.This way she can make it herself. Thanks for the recipe.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
My grandchildren are coming over this weekend. This would be a wonderful treat to make with them! I just given a huge container of oatmeal! I of course will be making some for me as well. I love oatmeal in the morning for breakfast.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I never thought of this. It seems like a great idea. I like oatmeal, but it can get dull after a while eating it plain. Thanks for sharing something so simple.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I love oatmeal very much so this is very helpful for me since I eat it everyday and could use another way to save some money as well. This is great and am printing this out right now for future use. Thank you for this information.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
1 Feb 07
wow, don't know my son would use this but great idea for grandkids when they come over. Oh lets face it quick and easy fix for myself - on the run so much I don't eat good this could help.
@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
2 Feb 07
Oat biscuits are avaiable for kids in various flavours added, you can initially try biscuits for kids, once they prefer u can explain them the various flavours of oatmeal.
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• Canada
1 Feb 07
Hi I used to make my own version of oatmeal You can also add choppwd apple, peach, or whatever fruit you like, when making the oatmeal just add the fruit and cook while the oatmeal cooks with brown surgar
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
2 Feb 07
Oh, thanks for the tips, let me try this different flavour of oats meal which adds extra nutrition. It is prepared in the Poridge for or in the dry for please let me know.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
Wow this is a goo technique that you have posted !! I will give it a shot myself ;-) I love oats especially early in the morning before going to work ... and even as a snack hmm good for my stomach indeed !!
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Wow, thanks for this great tip. I can't even begin to tell you how much I've spent for the packaged oatmeal! This is a great way to save money, as well as all that wrapping. I am trying to be "greener" this year, and this is a great way to eliminate some of that store packaging which takes up so much waste in our landfills. One way to be greener is obviously to do more home cooking, but your tip is joining the best of both worlds. Thanks.
• United States
2 Feb 07
This sounds really good and a great way to save some money. I love oatmeal and it has helped me keep my cholesterol in check. The individual little packets are getting very expensive. Thank you for sharing.
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Clever idea.
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