These homemade oatmeal packets are higher in fiber & nutrition and lower in sugar & sodium than store bought, not to mention cheaper!
Great for a quick, healthy weekday or on the go breakfast! Easily customizable with your favorite ingredients.
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If you’ve read my About Me page you know I’m always on a quest to DIY a lot of the convenience products that I like.
Not only can I better control the ingredients, but it usually saves me a ton of money!
These oatmeal packets are my latest favorite.
I love these little packets because:
- they’re lower in sugar and sodium
- they’re higher in nutrition and fiber
- you have the option of using instant, old fashioned, or quick 3-minute steel cut oats
- once you have the basic recipe, you can add your favorite mix-ins so they’re infinitely customizable
- they’re just as quick and convenient as the store bought
- you can prep as many or as few at a time as you like
Here’s the low-down on the ingredients:
- Oats-you can use quick, old fashioned, or 3-minute steel cut oats. I like old fashioned oats most of the time but I mix it up once in a while and use the 3-minute steel cut, but, FYI they take a 1/2 cup water and need to stand a little longer.
- Chia seeds-These little power houses are high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Once the boiling water hits them, you won’t even know they’re there.
- Ground flax seed-Flaxseed contains high levels of protein, fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and omega-3. Be sure to get ground flax, whole flax seeds don’t digest well.
- Milk powder-this makes the oatmeal creamy and adds some protein. You can leave it out of you have dairy issues.
- Protein powder-this give the oatmeal an extra hit of protein and creaminess plus it helps the oatmeal hang with you longer. I use a vanilla flavored protein powder for a little extra flavor.
- Stevia-for sweetness, of course. You can use your favorite sweetener or a couple of teaspoons granulated sugar or brown sugar.
- Cinnamon-an absolute flavor must IMO. And it’s good for your blood sugar. Depending on the flavor I sometimes substitute my homemade apple pie or pumpkin pie spice.
- Salt-don’t worry, your oatmeal won’t be salty. A little pinch of salt will bring out the sweetness. I like kosher or sea salt.
If you see an ingredient you don’t like or can’t eat just leave it out.
Make an assembly line and add the ingredients to small jars or snack sized bags, then customize your packets with 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite ingredients!
Here are some ideas:
Nuts & Seeds
- sliced almonds
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- hemp seeds
Or you can stir one or more of these in at the end:
- canned pumpkin-a great way to use up leftovers
- maple syrup
- brown sugar
- a splash of your favorite milk-cow’s milk or plant based
- your favorite granola
- fresh fruit
- mini chocolate chips
- peanut butter
- your favorite jam
And I’m sure you’ve already thought of some goodies that I haven’t!
These oatmeal packets are comparable to 1 store bought packet but without all the junk and lots better nutrition.
You can easily double the recipe (and the boiling water) for heartier appetites. Or combine a couple of packets!
To enjoy your oatmeal, empty a packet into a heat safe bowl and stir in 1/3-1/2 cup boiling water.
Let it stand to thicken. Quick cooking oats will only take a few minutes, old fashioned take about 5 minutes, and 3-minute steel cut oats take around 7 minutes.
If it’s a big batch of oatmeal you’re wanting, try these easy recipes:
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