Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
Blended oatmeal. Yep. That, my friends, is the “secret ingredient” in commercial oatmeal packets that sets them apart. A portion of the rolled oats are processed in a blender until they are a powder, then added back to the whole oats. Makes so much sense now that I know! lol. But I don’t think I would ever have figured that one out on my own.
Now that I knew how I could replicate the oatmeal packet texture, I was ready to get started! But I still had one more vexing problem with this whole homemade oatmeal packets idea. Every recipe I found involved making up each little individual serving separately. That just seemed like more work than it was worth!
But then I came across this recipe from Coffee Break With Liz and Kate and knew I was onto something good! Instead of adding several ingredients individually to each little baggie, this recipe mixed all the ingredients together FIRST, then apportioned them into the “packets”. MUCH smarter.
Many recipes I read used powdered milk, but I ALSO read that it has a tendency to develop mold in the bag over time. Some recipes called for non-dairy creamer instead. Better safe than sorry. 🙂
So here is my version of Homemade Instant Oatmeal “Packets”:
10 cups of quick oats (about 3/4 of a large tub of oats)
2 teaspoons salt
1-2 cups brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
1 cup non-dairy creamer
snack-sized plastic baggies
Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.
Blend the remaining 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery, then add to the 7 cups of oats.
Add salt, brown sugar, and creamer to the oats. Stir until well mixed.
Measure 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-sized plastic baggie and seal.
Makes approximately 24 servings.
To prepare: empty 1 “packet” of oatmeal into a bowl or mug and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. (Microwaves vary, so add more time if necessary.)