Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a staple around here. We eat it for breakfast almost every day (even in the summer!).

We used to buy the pre-packed single packets all the time, but then realized they were really killing our grocery budget, so we switched to this homemade recipe.

You can add whatever “extra” ingredients to this as you’d like. We really like peanut butter & honey, and I also enjoy it with just a bit of honey and some fresh fruit.

After doing the cost comparison from buying the ingredients in bulk, to buying the pre-packaged Quaker Oats single servings boxes, I determined that not only is making these homemade instant oatmeal packets better for you, but it is cheaper as well.

Pre-Packaged Servings (2 packets – 56g): $0.34
Homemade Servings (59g): $0.19

That’s a savings of about 40%, and you eat oatmeal as much as we do, you will recognize that that is a significant savings.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Ingredients: (1 Serving):

– 1/2 Cup Quick Rolled Oats
– 2 Teaspoons Milk Powder
– 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
– 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Ingredients: (10 Servings):

– 5 Cups Quick Rolled Oats
– 1/3 Cup Milk Powder
– 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
– 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Instructions (Mix):

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

If you are making individual servings, package the ingredients in small zippered bags.

If you are making 10 (or more) servings, mix all ingredients together and store in a storage container.

Instructions (Oatmeal):

1. Add your single serving (or 1/2 cup, if you made the mix in bulk) to a bowl and then add 3/4 cup of water or milk and mix together.

2. Microwave for 40-60 seconds (pay attention, because sometimes the oatmeal can bubble over). Mix again.

3. Add whatever else you would like (honey, peanut butter, fruit, cinnamon, nuts, etc.). Mix one last time and then eat and enjoy!

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  1. Mrs January says:

    Linda: If I remember correctly, we had some dried fruit and honey.

  2. Lind says:


    That’s great they at least tried it. I haven’t tried it yet and I’m hoping I like it and will play around with is I guess trying whatever I can to like the taste. If not, I’ll try how you make it:) At least your kids will eat oatmeal. I have teenagers, and my daughter just won’t eat breakfast. At least they have an early lunch at 10:50.

    Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful tips. My husband retired a year ago and I saw you on Toronto’s Global news. I sent him the site and next thing he came home with a binder. I’m the one who is the saver and he’s the spender so it’s awesome. He told another friend about it who is retired as well and the other day his friend said lets keep track over the year and have a competition to see who saved more, lol. We still have kids at home though and they don’t, so think we might win:)

    So great you are helping so many people out!!



  3. Michelle says:

    I love my morning oatmeal. I always do 1/2 cup oatmeal to 1 cup water and 1/2 cup frozen fruit on top, cook 2.5 minutes. That seems to keep it from bubbling over. Also, if using dried fruit, put it in before microwaving so that the fruit plumps up.

    Great site!

  4. janelle says:

    this is an awesome recipe and i use it when we run out of pre packaged…….. but if you compare it to price per pack of the costco multi pack 8.99$ for 60… 14cents a pack its worth my costco card lol just my two cents though still love your recipe when we run out the kids get it with choc chips so they love both

  5. Thanks for this great recipe. I have teenagers who ask for the packets with the dinosaurs still….. I checked out the nutrition facts since I have a husband with high blood pressure and was SHOCKED by how much sodium was in one of those packs of oatmeal. Needless to say, no more dinos for the boys. I’ll try these with them and see how it goes. Thanks for a great site and all the good info. Good luck with your new addition!

  6. If you didn’t want to use instant milk- what would you use for the other milk- how much?

  7. Cassie says:

    The One Income Dollar: You could use liquid milk, but remember that it is 85% water, so you need to compensate accordingly.

  8. Just wondering where to get gluten free oats, if you buy them at a bulk store, I have
    a concern of cross contamination issue. To buy gluten free oats in a grocery store
    it is expensive. HELP

  9. Cassie says:

    Anne Higginson: I am not sure, I just buy regular oats.

  10. Christine McDonald says:

    If you have whey powder on hand, you could use that as a sub. for the powdered milk. Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Erin says:

    I bought soy powdered milk so my daughter who is lactose intolerant can eat them. I also read on another site that if you grind 1/4 of the oats to a fine powder in you blender or food processor the texture will be more similar to the store bought packages. Excited to try it. Thanks!

  12. Jan says:

    A more nutritious breakfast would be to use Regular or even Steel Cut oats for maximum nutritional value. I combine slow-cooking oats, flax seed and a touch of organic maple sugar (found at Costco). In the morning, I add water (3 parts water to one part oatmeal mixture) and cook in the microwave until the oatmeal bubbles through the microwave door onto the floor. Then I know it’s done! Seriously, I put the mixture in a large bowl, set it on a curved dinner plate, cover it and cook for 5-6 minutes.If it’s too thick, add water and reheat.
    Great for the person on a diet, too. Oatmeal is very filling and keeps you feeling full longer. Much better for kids, too!

  13. nancy duncan says:

    what a great idea for oatmeal, thanks, Cassie!!

  14. Tammy says:

    We just do 1/2 cup oats
    Tsp ground flax
    Squirt of agave syrup (much lower glycemic index i.e. it doesn’t raise blood sugar a ton)
    And sometimes throw frozen raspberries….
    I was happy to check this because I just recently broke down and bought the packets for the first time lol thought maybe it was cheaper (it very well might be if including agave syrup price…) but I think I’ll go back they are so sweet and like you say…. Not made with as basic wholesome ingredients and really not that great tasting..

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