Monday, January 16, 2012

Make Your Own Oatmeal Packets

My children love those instant oatmeal packets, but they are REALLY expensive and loaded with stuff I would rather not eat. So I decided to make some of our own and it couldn't be any easier. We're still toying with different flavors and the exact right consistency, but here is where we are right now :)

You will need quick cook oats, and a food processor. I wanted to make the brown sugar/cinnamon flavor this time, so they are added into my photo. I also do not place into individual baggies. I use one large freezer baggie and just shake up before each use. I find that the freezer bags are a lot thicker and can be reused for longer. Saves a whole lot of money, waste, and time. An even better idea would be to reuse the canister that the oatmeal comes in, but I don't have an empty one yet :)


Place 2 cups of the oats into the large baggie. Process 1 cup of oats in the food processor and add them to the bag.


 This would be your basic plain instant oatmeal. Could it be any easier?

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Additions:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TB cinnamon

Fruit and Cream Additions:
1/2 Cup non dairy creamer
1 cup dried fruit

Smores Additions:
50 mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Birthday Oatmeal Additions:
1/4 cup sprinkles

Cookies and Cream Additions:
8-10 crushed Oreo cookies
1/2 cup non dairy creamer

To make a bowl of oatmeal, I combine 1/4 cup of mix with 1/2 cup milk and microwave for 1 min. We usually add a spoonful of maple syrup and a splash of vanilla to the end result.There are so many different variations that you could make with this. Next we'll be trying the fruit and cream variety and the smores :)

***This recipe was inspired from the www.stretcher.com website.

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