Since we’ve been eating lots of oatmeal as part of the P90X diet, my husband wisely suggested I make up some Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets to make our morning oatmeal prep quicker. I scoured the web for recipes and finally decided — you guessed it! — to create my own.
Here’s what I ended up making:
Oatmeal Packets Recipe
1 large canister quick oats
1 large canister rolled oats
1/8 cup cinnamon
2 cups flax seed, ground (optional)
1 box of snack-sized zip-top baggies
Mix rolled oats, quick oats and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Take 2 cups of mixture and grind it in a blender or food processor until it becomes powder-like.
Set up an assembly line with a small bowl of the ground flax seed, a small bowl of the ground oat mixture and the large bowl of oats. Take a baggie and put in 1/8cup flax seed, 1/8 cup ground oats and ¾ cup oat mixture. Seal the baggie.
Repeat until you’ve successfully filled all your baggies.
To prepare, add ½ to ¾ cup boiling water and stir. Top with dried fruit, nuts or sweetener of your choice.
If you add in the ground flax seed, you’ll want to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer and use within 1-2 months to prevent the flax seed from going rancid.
The result was definitely a success — every one of us liked it. And I love that it’s so simple to make and so good for you. Just dump in a bowl, add boiling water and you’re good to go!
This would make for a great (and frugal!) gift. You could put the instant oatmeal in a jar or pretty gift bag and include a gift tag with directions and some dried fruit, nuts and raw sugar (or even chocolate chips for the chocolate-lover!).
Kathrynne and I had so much fun making this together. And I was amazed at what a great project it was for her. She’s only five, but she was able to do most of the assembly work herself.
Now, lest you get the picture that we have this smoothly-oiled household without ever so much as a mishap, would you like to know what Silas (15-months) decided to do while Kathrynne was busy making up the oatmeal packets?
Oh yes, he figured out how to get himself up high enough to pull one off the countertop. And then, when I wasn’t looking, he stole out of the kitchen, opened the bag and spread it all over the living room floor.
The good news, though, is that we now know these oatmeal packets can be easily vacuumed up from carpet!