homemade instant oatmeal packets

I’m a big fan of Sally’s instant oatmeal that you can get at Walmart (and Target and maybe Superstore).  There are 5 in a box for $1.77. Almost every morning I make myself a bowl and give Sienna a few spoonfuls.  Well, pretty soon, she was eating my entire bowl.  I could see this getting expensive quickly if I was making two bowls a day.  Although Sally’s is whole grain and “good for you”, I still didn’t feel comfortable giving it to Sienna on a regular basis because I wasn’t sure how much sugar was actually in each package.

This is when I decided it was time to search for a recipe for homemade instant oatmeal packets.

I found this recipe over at Life as Mom and gave it a try.  It was a hit with both of us.  I used snack size bags that I had sitting around and because I’m crazy, I wash and reuse them a couple of times before they get tossed.

Here’s my version of Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets:

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon instant milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • sprinkle of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into one little bag.
  2. Make up as many bags as you'd like.
To make the oatmeal:
  1. Add the oatmeal mix to a bowl.
  2. Add 6 Tablespoons of water.
  3. Microwave for 1½ minutes.
Notes
Recipe adapted slightly from [Life as Mom|http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html].

I put together each packet in an assembly line fashion.  First of all I added the oats to each bag, then I added the milk powder, then the brown sugar…and so on.  I make about 10 bags at a time, in case Sienna decides she doesn’t like oatmeal anymore.  🙂  You could even add some dried fruit to this!  The possibilities are endless, really.

What convenience items do you enjoy making from scratch?