3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
8 Small sized Zip Baggies
Put 1/2 cup oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 cup oats.
If you're using a food processor, you can do the 1 cup of oats in one batch. This creates a homemade oat flour, which imparts the perfect texture in these homemade instant oatmeal packets.
Put the following ingredients into each ziploc baggie:
1/4 cup un-powdered oats
2 Tbsp. powdered oats
1/8 tsp. salt
If you'd like variations- see below.
Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water - for thinner oatmeal, use more water.
If you happen to have a food dehydrator and dry your own fruits, you can use them as delicious additions to these instant oatmeal mixes. If not, we recommend using freeze dried fruits, such as Simply Nature which we found at our local Aldi location.
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.
Bart-man Oatmeal - add 2 Tbsp. 'Butterfinger B.B's' candies to each packet.
Blueberries & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried blueberries
Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Confetti Oatmeal - To each packet, add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles- this is fun to do seasonally with the kids adding Christmas Sprinkles, or Halloween Monster Sprinkles.
Cookies n Cream Oatmeal - add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer to each packet.
Exploding Oatmeal - add 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. 'Pop Rocks' candy to each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.
Fun Fruit Oatmeal - To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of 'fruit snack' type dehydrated fruit cut into bit sized pieces.
Health Nut Oatmeal - To each packet add 2 Tbsp. wheat germ or 1 tsp ground Flax Seed, or 2 tsp Chia Seeds (Increase water to 1 cup)
Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins
Peaches & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried chopped peaches
Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer or powdered milk and 2 Tbsp. dried chopped strawberries.
S'More Oatmeal - add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp. Milk Chocolate Chips to each packet.
Southern Charm Oatmeal- to each packet add 1 Tbs Chopped Pecans, 1 T. Brown Sugar, 1 tsp non-dairy coffee creamer, 1/8 tsp cinnamon
Sweetened Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar or brown sugar (or 2 tsp splenda)
I like to use the small snack size zip-seal baggies for these because they're easy to store, but if you're trying to make mornings even faster to get the kids out the door, you can put the mixes in half pint mason jars and all the kids have to do is add hot water and set the lid on top for a few minutes, or add cold water and put it in the microwave for a minute and half without a lid! Stir, and enjoy.
Use caution as the jars will be hot.
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