My kids love those Quaker instant oatmeal packets, but they are pricey! My oldest kids are teens and one packet isn’t enough for them. I worry sometimes about the extra additives and the preservatives, too.
Still, it’s SO convenient to just add hot water and have a healthy breakfast instantly ready to go!
Instant frugal healthy breakfast is easy. I make my own! This way I don’t have to cook first thing in the morning, there are no pots to wash, and I can control how much sugar my kids are getting through the day. It’s a total mommy win!
Making your own instant oats is simple. You’ll need oats and blender, and you can add in extras like sugar and cinnamon.
Gluten free oatmeal packets are easy to do when you DIY your own oatmeal packets. Just buy gluten free oats and you’re good to go! I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
You can use an immersion blender, counter top blender, or even a food processor. You just need to chop the oats up a bit so they are oat pieces and a little bit of powder. Keep an eye on it, you just need a few pulses to get things broken up. You don’t want to pulverize all the oats because then you’ll just have mush!
I use an immersion blender and blend it up directly in the canister, it keeps things contained. Try to use a tall container, not a wide shallow bowl because the oats will fly around a bit.
I also add sugar directly to the mix so it’s really “grab and go”. Putting out the sugar bowl with toddlers and preschoolers is a disaster! I usually add about 1 c. of sugar for 12 cups of oats.
Make instant oatmeal packets by measuring out 1/3 c. oat mix into snack size sandwich baggies. To prepare, add 2/3 c. hot water.
We eat a lot of oatmeal so ours is kept in a big jar. You need to add twice as much hot water as oats. So, 1/2 c. oats should have 1 c. hot water added to it.
I keep several add-ins on hand so each kid can customize their own bowl. Cinnamon, raisins, craisins, flaked coconut, pumpkin seeds… the sky is the limit! This is also helpful because some of my kids don’t like cinnamon, others hate raisins, and others love adding in seeds. I’m not locked into any one flavor.
If you notice on my Printable Under $100 Menu Plans, which has a complete meal plan for a family for a week under $100, oatmeal for breakfast is a staple. It’s cheap, healthy, and filling. And now it’s SO EASY!
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