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DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets With 30+ Awesome Flavor Ideas

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

These healthy instant oatmeal packets are truly delicious.

These healthy instant oatmeal packets are truly delicious.

What's Wrong With Store-Bought Instant Oatmeal?

The handy instant meals that you can buy from the grocery store are packed full of refined sugar, refined flours, and all sorts of chemical and preservatives that you don't even want to know about.

Sure, they taste good! But did you know that making your own at home is not only quick and easy but also cheaper than the store-bought versions? Not only that, but you can omit all of the extra awful ingredients. Win-win, right?

Why I Love Making My Own

Not only is homemade instant oatmeal cheaper and healthier, but you can customize your flavors. You can get creative and add in just about anything you want to get just the flavors you're looking for.

I love using fresh or dried fruits, nuts and/or seeds, and tons of different spices and add-ins. My favorite right now is toasted coconut with unsweetened shredded coconut, cinnamon, and ground flaxseed. Yum!

The only problem with using fresh fruits, or even wet ingredients like vanilla extract, is that you have to store them in the fridge or freezer, so you need to make sure you have room. I don't have that kind of room, so I just use dry ingredients—or find the dried versions like dried vanilla, maple, and peanut butter, and then I can store them indefinitely in the pantry or another cabinet.

Let's see how easy they really are to make, and then we'll chat some more about options!

Homemade instant oatmeal packets

Homemade instant oatmeal packets

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats, any kind
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit, optional
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons any spice, optional

Instructions

  1. I started by folding sandwich bags over small glasses in order to fill each of my bags easier, and I only did three bags of each flavor. The ingredients above are for each individual bag.
  2. So I started by adding my oats into each bag. I used old-fashioned oats because that's what I had.
  3. For the first set of bags, I made Banana Nut, so I added about 1/3 cup of self-dehydrated banana slices.
  4. Then I added about 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts to each bag.
  5. Finally I finished up with 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar. I decided not to add any spices to that flavor.
  6. I closed up each bag and stored them in the pantry until ready to eat.
  7. When you're ready to make your oatmeal, you can go several different ways. I like to pour mine into a mug and add hot water. I like mine soupy. My husband will add his to a bowl with 1 cup of water and microwave it for 2 minutes. He likes his thick and soggy.
  8. This is all your preference! Enjoy!

Photo Guide

I started by laying out three small glasses and one sandwich bag per galass.

I started by laying out three small glasses and one sandwich bag per galass.

By putting a bag in each glass and wrapping it over the top, I found I could fill each bag without them falling over or spilling.

By putting a bag in each glass and wrapping it over the top, I found I could fill each bag without them falling over or spilling.

So here I started by adding 1/2 cup of oats to each bag.

So here I started by adding 1/2 cup of oats to each bag.

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Then I chopped up my walnuts and added about 1/3 cup to each bag.

Then I chopped up my walnuts and added about 1/3 cup to each bag.

Next I added about 1/3 cup of dehydrated bananas to each bag.

Next I added about 1/3 cup of dehydrated bananas to each bag.

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Finally I added my 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.

Finally I added my 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.

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I closed up each of my bags and labeled them Banana Nut.

I closed up each of my bags and labeled them Banana Nut.

I also made Nutty Brownie with walnuts and cocoa powder.

I also made Nutty Brownie with walnuts and cocoa powder.

And Oatmeal Cookie with raisins. Every bag got 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.

And Oatmeal Cookie with raisins. Every bag got 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.

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The Fun Part! 30+ Flavor Options

One tip you might like ... if you add a teaspoon of chia seeds and ground flaxseed to each bag, you'll get a nice treat. Chia seeds absorb liquid when they get wet, which will give you a different creamier consistency to your oatmeal, and ground flaxseed gives you kind of a toasted flavor, which is why I like it in my toasted coconut oatmeal packs.

There are so many different flavors that you can make, just like the nutty brownie and oatmeal cookie that I made alongside my banana nut. I only made a few this time so my husband could tell me what flavors he liked and wanted me to make for him. Here are some of the great flavor combinations I've come up with. I'm sure you can think of dozens more to add to your own list!

  1. Almond Joy—1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  2. Almonds and Brown Sugar—1/3 cup chopped almonds, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  3. Apple Pie—1/3 cup dried apples, 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  4. Apple Raisin—1/3 cup dried apples, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  5. Apples and Cinnamon—1/3 cup dried apples, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  6. Apricot Muffin—1/3 cup dried apricots, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla after heating
  7. Banana Bread—1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  8. Cherry Almond—1/3 cup dried cherries, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  9. Chocolate Banana—1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie—1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla after heating
  11. Chocolate Coconut—1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  12. Chocolate Raspberry—1/3 cup dried raspberries (or add fresh ones after heating), 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  13. Chunky Monkey—2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  14. Cinnamon—1 tablespoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  15. Coconut Bomb—1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla after heating
  16. Cranberry Pecan—1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  17. German Chocolate Cake—1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  18. Maple and Brown Sugar—3 tablespoon coconut sugar, your chosen amount of maple syrup after heating
  19. Mexican Hot Chocolate1—/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  20. Mixed Berry—1/3 cup dried blueberries, 1/3 cup dried strawberries (or mix in fresh fruit or jam after heating), 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  21. Mocha—1/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  22. Nutty Brownie—1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  23. Oatmeal Cookie—1/2 cup raisins, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  24. Orange Cranberry—1/4 cup dried/powdered orange peels, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  25. Peaches and Cream—1/3 cup dried chopped peaches, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, either make with milk or add 1/3 cup cream
  26. Peanut Butter and Jelly—2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter, 1/3 cup dried strawberries (or add jam in after heating), 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  27. Peanut Butter Chocolate—1/4 cup powdered peanut butter, 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  28. Pina Colada—1/4 cup dried pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  29. Pineapple Coconut—1/3 cup dried pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  30. Seeds and Nuts—1/3 cup various seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, etc.), 1/3 cup various chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, etc.), 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  31. Strawberries and Cream—1/3 cup dried strawberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, either make with milk or add 1/3 cup cream
  32. Strawberry Banana—1/3 cup dried bananas, 1/3 cup dried strawberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  33. Toasted Coconut—1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Don't feel like you are strapped down to any of my ingredients or measurements. These are your oatmeal packets. Get creative and have some fun with them. Think another combination would taste good? Go for it. Think one needs more bananas or more chocolate chips? Love it! In fact, if you come up with any more interesting combinations, I'd love to hear about them in the comments! I'd love to try them out myself.

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