People who have addictive personalities (such as myself!) tend to share a few common quirks. One of those quirks is our tendency to get a little obsessive about certain foods! I’ll have a craving for a particular food out of the blue, and then I’ll end up eating that same food every single day for a few weeks. I eventually get tired of that food, but then I’ll have a different craving and the whole cycle just starts over again. A few years ago, I got trapped in a particularly odd food obsession cycle starring instant oatmeal packets, of all things!
After a few days of eating those little oatmeal packets, it occurred to me that it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate them at home. I mean, an oatmeal packet is just some oats and a few others things, right? Well, it turned out that I was only partially right. The batch I had mixed up at home tasted right, but my version didn’t turn out nearly as thick or creamy as the store-bought packets. So what was I missing?
I read dozens of search results about homemade oatmeal, and eventually figured out what my homemade recipe was missing. It ended up being the KEY to making thick and creamy homemade oatmeal, and I couldn’t believe how simple it was. The secret ingredient is blended oats! You just blend a portion of your oats into a powder, and the oat powder helps give your oatmeal the thick and creamy texture that I had been missing.
Once I had figured that out, it was easy to whip up a batch of single-serving packets of delicious, homemade oatmeal. They’re so easy and delicious, and it’s a great way to ensure that the whole family can have a delicious and hearty breakfast and STILL get to school and work on time! Here’s how you can make them at home.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
- 10 cups quick oats, divided
- 2 tsp salt
- 1-2 cups brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
- 1 cup non-dairy creamer
- Snack-sized ziplock bags
Measure out 7 cups of quick outs and place them in a large bowl. Then add the remaining 3 cups of quick oats to your blender and blend until powdery. Pour the powdered oats into the bowl with the other oats.
Add the salt, brown sugar, and creamer to the bowl of oats, and stir until well mixed.
Next, you’ll divide up the mixture into your “packets.” Scoop 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-sized ziplock bag, then seal each bag tightly. The recipe makes approximately 24 single-serving bags.
Preparing Your Homemade Oatmeal Packets
Empty one “packet” of oatmeal into a bowl or mug, then add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on High for 1-2 minutes until hot. Let cool for a minute or so, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy! :-)