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Making Your Own Healthy Instant Oatmeal Packets

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.

We're all about healthy eating and especially make-it-homemade kind of meals. 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. They taste good, absolutely! But, not only are our homemade versions quick and easy, they are cheaper than the store-bought versions, without all of the extra awful ingredients. That's always great right?

Well, even better for you then, while you're saving all of that money by making these yourself, notice how much better homemade tastes than the store-bought stuff. We make so many different great homemade options for breakfast around here. We have homemade granola and granola bars, homemade pancakes, waffles, French toast, cinnamon rolls, crepes, coffee cake, quiche, and the list goes on and on. But, with the cooler weather coming in, I found myself craving oatmeal.

I certainly didn't want to have to go to the store and cave in to all of the awful ingredients I know instant oatmeal contains, especially when I knew I could make it here at home! What's really nice is that I have so many flavors to choose from if I'm creative, and I can add in just about anything I want to get just the flavors I'm looking for. If we run out of a certain flavor that I want, it takes five seconds to mix up another batch for myself.

I can use fresh fruits or dried, 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 I would have to store them in the fridge or freezer, and I just 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!

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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!
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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!

  • Almond Joy—1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Almonds and Brown Sugar—1/3 cup chopped almonds, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Apple Pie—1/3 cup dried apples, 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Apple Raisin—1/3 cup dried apples, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Apples and Cinnamon—1/3 cup dried apples, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 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
  • Banana Bread—1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Cherry Almond—1/3 cup dried cherries, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Chocolate Banana—1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie—1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla after heating
  • Chocolate Coconut—1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Chocolate Raspberry—1/3 cup dried raspberries (or add fresh ones after heating), 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Chunky Monkey—2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup dried bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon—1 tablespoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Coconut Bomb—1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla after heating
  • Cranberry Pecan—1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • German Chocolate Cake—1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Maple and Brown Sugar—3 tablespoon coconut sugar, your chosen amount of maple syrup after heating
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate1—/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 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
  • Mocha—1/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Nutty Brownie—1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Oatmeal Cookie—1/2 cup raisins, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Orange Cranberry—1/4 cup dried/powdered orange peels, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Peaches and Cream—1/3 cup dried chopped peaches, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, either make with milk or add 1/3 cup cream
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly—2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter, 1/3 cup dried strawberries (or add jam in after heating), 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate—1/4 cup powdered peanut butter, 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Pina Colada—1/4 cup dried pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Pineapple Coconut—1/3 cup dried pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 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
  • Strawberries and Cream—1/3 cup dried strawberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, either make with milk or add 1/3 cup cream
  • Strawberry Banana—1/3 cup dried bananas, 1/3 cup dried strawberries, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 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.

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness

Comments

RTalloni on September 16, 2018:

Yum!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on September 12, 2018:

Wow! That's awesome. I'm so glad you were able to make it your own. How did they turn out?

RTalloni on September 12, 2018:

So after serving up your Almond Joy recipe to my husband I took your adivce to experiment and just polished off this yum recipe:

1/3 C Steel Cut Oats

1 Tblsp. Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate

Pinch of Pink Salt

2 Tblsp. Honey

1 Tsp. Chia

1/2 Cup Fresh Brewed Bold Coffee

1/2 Cup Chocolate Almond Milk

Cooked in M/W about 3 min.

Tips: Adjust measurements and cooking time according to oat type and personal taste.

This perhaps does not have as many healthy ingredients but it has enough... :) Yum. And thanks again!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on September 11, 2018:

Yea! I'm so glad these helped you! If you'd rather not try finding powdered peanut butter, just add it to your oatmeal right before you heat it up (or add the hot water). It will soften right in your bowl and mix in well. Just about everyone has a good peanut butter at home. Truly don't be afraid to be creative and make this work for your household. Enjoy!

RTalloni on September 11, 2018:

This makes so much sense! And you got me at Almond Joy with German chocolate cake coming in just about even. Not sure I've ever heard of powdered peanut butter, but of course there should be a quality brand of it out there. Thank you, for we are going to be extra busy this fall and anything that is easily prepared, allowing flexibility (even our eating schedule will be dicey), and is most of all healthy is huge at such times. Besides, lots of your recipes are great dessert replacements. Win, win! :)