Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal Recipe!

As my little guy got a little older, I was in need of some ideas of what to feed him before bedtime.  Something filling.  Something that would keep him nice and full throughout the night so he wouldn’t wake up hungry.  And that’s when I thought of oatmeal.  It needed to be easy.  But I didn’t want the sugar and preservative loaded (not to mention pricey!) packs of instant oatmeal.  And making a fresh batch of oatmeal each night just didn’t suit my fancy – not simple enough, at all.  And then I came across this homemade instant oatmeal recipe.  I modified it a little bit to our family’s tastes.  And I do add-ins to mix things up.  And it’s perfect.  Since then, my little guy doesn’t eat anything after dinner time, but he loves a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast in the morning.  Quick.  Easy.  And I can control exactly what’s going in it!

It’s so easy to make, costs significantly less than oatmeal packets, and is so much healthier!

Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal Recipe!

10 c. instant oats (must be instant, not old fashioned)
2/3 c. dried milk powder
3/4 c. brown sugar
4-5 tbsp. cinnamon (depending on tastes)

Pulse 5 c. instant oats in a food processor until it is a powder.  Add in dried milk, brown sugar, & cinnamon to blend.  Add contents of food processor to remaining 5 c. of whole instant oats and mix to combine.  Store in a large container and scoop out individual servings, or scoop out individual servings and store in snack bags.

To make oatmeal:  Scoop oatmeal mix into a bowl (I do maybe 1/3 c. for my toddler son).  Add water or milk to barely cover (little less than 3/4 c.).  Microwave for about 1 minute.  Add more milk or water, if needed, to reach desired consistency.  Can add dried fruit, nuts, honey, maple syrup, or anything else you like (my son loves chopped up bananas!).

Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal Recipe!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients:
  • 10 c. instant oats (must be instant, not old fashioned)
  • ⅔ c. dried milk powder
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp. cinnamon (depending on tastes)
Directions:
  1. Pulse 5 c. instant oats in a food processor until it is a powder.
  2. Add in dried milk, brown sugar, & cinnamon to blend.
  3. Add contents of food processor to remaining 5 c. of whole instant oats and mix to combine.
  4. Store in a large container and scoop out individual servings, or scoop out individual servings and store in snack bags.
  5. Scoop oatmeal mix into a bowl (I do maybe ⅓ c. for my toddler son).
  6. Add water or milk to barely cover (little less than ¾ c.).
  7. Microwave for about 1 minute. Add more milk or water, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
  8. Can add dried fruit, nuts, honey, maple syrup, or anything else you like (my son loves chopped up bananas!).

 

Recipe was adapted from a recipe from The Frugal Foodie Cookbook.  

About Jamie

Jamie loves being a wife and a mom to her one year old boy. She is obsessed with cooking and all things kitchen related! She loves to read, play the piano, watch movies, craft/sew, and organize her house.

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Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal Recipe! — 18 Comments

  1. I enjoy adding crasins or slices of banana into my oatmeal. I do add brown sugar and butter too. Thanks.

  2. This is great. Also healthy and at a great cost reduction in comparison to the pricey instant Oatmeals out there. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try it.
    Carol L

  3. I love this recipe! Quick, simple, and easy. I like being able to control what goes into my kids foods. Make it safer for them! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love to make mixes & have several that I use all the time & give as gifts (cookie, hot chocolate, etc) & I’ll be adding this one to my list to make. Thanks for posting :)

  5. I love your recipe.I’ve been wanting to make some for my mother-in-law,and this is pretty simple to do.

  6. This would be great for my grandson who seems to not be able to get full. I’ll have to try and make this for him to see if it will keep him full between meal. Great recipe.

  7. Can’t beat oatmeal! I would include a little protein and fat (egg) with it to keep him full a little longer.

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