We started school at my house today and trying to get the kids ready can be hectic to say the least. I’m not sure how we would manage if I had to get them out the door at the crack of dawn. I do like for them to eat a healthier breakfast so they are not tempted to snack all day long. We avoid cold cereal because of the cost so oatmeal is a GREAT alternative. Instant oatmeal packets are not any less expensive than cold cereal so we’ve found the perfect way to get both the convenience of the packets at a cost we like.
Making them ourselves was the answer.
This is what you’ll need for each “packet”:
1/4 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon powdered milk
a pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Measure out each of these ingredients in the baggie and you are good to go.
When you get ready to use, pour 1/2 cup of water and the contents of the “packet” in a bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds or until you get your desired consistency. Save your baggies for future use.
When I made up my packets, I used the assembly line method and was able to make up twenty packets very quickly.
Another option is to make up a big batch of the mix. I did this also.
This way, my bigger boys could measure out as much as they wanted. Here is the recipe for just over 20 servings.
5 cups quick oats
1/3 cup powdered milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
When you are ready to use this, just measure out how much instant oatmeal mix you would like and add twice as much water as oatmeal mix.
I’m really enjoying these packets at home and my better half is taking them to work as well. It’s a fast, yummy, healthier, cost-friendly way to go.