Have you ever found yourself wandering up and down the cereal aisle of the grocery store searching for the perfect flavor of instant oatmeal packets? You find the most amazing flavor, and BAM, the price is like 3 dollars for a measly 12 packets? If you’re like me, you go down to the bottom shelf, and begrudgingly buy the huge tub of store brand oats that only costs like $2 for 30 servings.
The tub is just never the same consistency, nor is it as satisfying having to add your own flavors to the plain oats each morning.
Welp, as Will and I are in SUPER SAVER mode with all the big checks for the wedding coming up, I was on a search to find a cheaper way to make these delicious instant packets. Thankfully, I stumbled across a pretty informative blog, Coffee Break with Liz and Kate!
They offered a super simple and inexpensive alternative to those overpriced packets! Ah, I was SO excited. As Will does not like plain oats, nor does he like spending money, he was down to try this fabulously frugal recipe.
Here is Coffee Break with Liz and Kate’s recipe for their “Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets” with my personal suggestions.
- 10 cups of QUICK oats; not old fashioned (I used the store brand, it was cheapest)
- 2 tsp salt (Will & I used Kosher salt)
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar*
- 1 cup brown sugar*
*I only used 1 cup of coconut palm sugar. Add whatever you prefer!!
So, what is the BIG secret? As you’re looking at the list of ingredients, you’re probably thinking about how you add these same things each morning to your quick oats, and it tastes NOTHING like the packets.
Well, you would be CORRECT! You want to know the big secret!?? Okay, drum roll please. You must blend/food process 3 of the 10 cups of oats. This is what gives the instant oatmeal packets the “creamier” consistency. Mind blown, right?? Mine was anyways. (I have personally been wondering about this for years, as my love for oatmeal began at a very young age.)
Back to what I was saying, put 7 cups of the quick oats into a very large bowl. Now, doing 1 cup at a time, blend up/food process the remaining 3 cups of oats called for in the recipe, and add to the big bowl. Add your cinnamon, salt, and sugar (amount and type you prefer). Mix it all together!
Guess what?? You’re all done. Literally.
Basically, you can either keep the entire mixture in one very large container, and measure 1/2 cup servings each morning. Or, you can measure out 1/2 cup servings, and put them in little snack baggies. Although it is more wasteful, and less economically friendly, it allows you to take these packets on the go!
Will and I both had our homemade oatmeal packets this morning, and they were delicious!! We added unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and microwaved for about 1 minute. (I’m sorry I don’t measure, I have been making oats since I was like 8, and just eyeball it. Please add however much you would normally use for a store-bought packet. Coffee with Liz and Kate suggests adding 3/4 cup water or milk.) We topped our oats with almonds we toasted up yesterday. YUM. Add whatever toppings you like, and enjoy!
The only thing Will and I might change next time, is the amount of sugar we added. We will most likely add 1.5 cups of sugar instead of the 1 cup we used.
This recipe makes anywhere between 20-24 servings, depending on how much sugar you added.
Feel free to calculate the cost of making these, as compared to buying the packets. Let’s just say, you saved a lot!
Finally, this recipe allows you to add whatever ingredients you feel comfortable with (no weird preservatives or anything). Get crazy with it! You can add mini chocolate chips, flax seeds, dried fruit, or really anything you might find in your favorite packets. Another blog I glanced at even suggested adding non-dairy coffee creamer, for heightened flavor.