While those instant oatmeal packets are easy to throw in a bag for work or school and seemingly healthy for you – they are actually filled with extra sugar and salt that are not exactly good for you. I tried some DIY instant oatmeal packets – and it was a game changer!
When my husband asked me to get a box of the instant oatmeal for him to take to work, I declined. Although he makes me a little crazy, I love him – and with his high blood pressure I was not thrilled to be getting him something with more sodium in it as well as other junk he did not need. He has been eating my homemade apple butter with some toast in the mornings – but I guess he is finally getting bored with that.
But his request had me thinking about how I can create some oatmeal at home that he can take to work.
So, over the weekend I assembled a few days worth of oatmeal packets so we could test things out at home and see how it would work for him for work. Thankfully, my test proved awesome and he has been enjoying my homemade oatmeal packets ever since!
Below is his favorite oatmeal and raisin!
Ingredients For DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets
- 1/2 cup of instant organic oatmeal
- pinch of salt
- couple shakes of cinnamon
- couple teaspoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons each of organic raisins
- 1 tablespoon of walnuts
- 2 teaspoons of dried milk
The worse part of all of this was having to buy a box of plastic sandwich bags – but I am looking for reusable bowl options instead of baggies so he can take those to work daily instead.
This is a seriously inexpensive breakfast with an estimated cost of about 10 cents per bag. Even the cheap oatmeal packets you buy in the store are usually about 3x that amount – with the better brands being much higher.
But, the best part of making your own is the health benefits! We know that anything pre-made comes with less health benefits and and Eat This, Not That has a great post about the not so great things going on with instant oatmeal packets that will inspire you to give this DIY oatmeal option a try.
My husband is a huge fan of the cinnamon raisin oatmeal – so that is what we went with first, but think of all the options that are out there for you!
Are You Vegan?
If you are a vegan for example, you may not want to use dried milk but instead can opt for soy milk or even coconut milk which will probably give it a nice flavor! You could also not use the milk at all!
Kick The Health Up A Notch!
If you use protein powders, flax seeds or any other type of supplement then feel free to add a spoonful of that to your oatmeal packet too. I personally take a daily scoop of a green food and may try adding that to my next bag.
Change Up The Flavors!
The combinations for your DIY oatmeal packets are limitless – that is another huge benefit to making your own – you can make it YOUR way!
Try some of the combinations to replace the raisins and walnuts I have in my own recipe.
Apple & Spice | throw in 1-2 tablespoons of chopped dried apples and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Cranberry & Pistachio | 2 teaspoons chopped pistachios and 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries
Banana & Walnut | 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons dried bananas and 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts
These are a just a few combination ideas! Play around with amounts and flavors to get the taste you love.