DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets

Did you know there’s a DIY option for instant oatmeal packets? This is an amazing alternative to store-bought and it’s a great option for busy households, especially during the colder months.


I didn’t understand the appeal until I started reading recipes online. Instead of buying individual oatmeal packets from the grocery store, you can make your own. The extra beauty here is you can get the whole family involved and customize the flavours and embellishments! These are cheap to assemble and give you the added bonus of knowing exactly what’s going in your bowl.

INGREDIENTS (per packet)

1/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp ground quick oats

1 tsp milk powder

2 tsp brown sugar

EMBELLISHMENTS (have fun here!)



Dried fruit

Chocolate chips


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Put 1/2 cup of quick oats into a food processor or spice grinder. Grind the oats to a fine powder and store in an air-tight container. Assemble instant oatmeal packets by combining oats, ground oats, milk powder, sugar and embellishments into small baggies.


When you’re ready to eat your oatmeal, just pour the packet into a bowl, top with 2/3 cup boiling water, cover and let steep. After three minutes you’ve got a bowl of oatmeal ready for breakfast!


P.S. When I was growing up my Mom would make oatmeal with milk and not water. So I like to combine a 1/4 cup milk with 1/2 cup water and bring it to a boil in the microwave. Then I add the milky-water to my oatmeal packet for a richer taste.





  • Reply October 15, 2014


    Hi Amrita,

    I just found your channel and your website. I love them! You do make frugal living look pretty! I’ve watched all the videos and now I’m just going through your website. I just had a quick question about the oatmeal. Is there a reason you grind the quick oats?

    I hope you keep making awesome pretty diy’s!


    • Reply October 15, 2014


      Such a lovely note! Thanks, Aubrey. The ground oats make all the difference in this hack! They help make your final oatmeal thick and rich.

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