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:
- ¼ cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon instant milk powder
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- sprinkle of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- Add all the ingredients into one little bag.
- Make up as many bags as you'd like.
- Add the oatmeal mix to a bowl.
- Add 6 Tablespoons of water.
- Microwave for 1½ minutes.
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?