Instant Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe + Gift Idea!

A great gift to welcome your child’s teacher to a new year is a basket of quick, easy, delicious, and healthy breakfasts. Oatmeal in a jar is a simple grab and go breakfast or snack — all the teacher has to do is add water and pop it in the microwave. This is a fun back to school teacher gift that the kids could get involved in.

Instant Oatmeal in a Jar

Let your kids help by measuring out, layering ingredients, placing on caps, and filling the basket.  It will give them a sense of ownership in the project. Top off the gift with one of these two different printables I created to gift with your instant oatmeal in a jar gift. Whether you give one or dozen this is one gift that will be appreciated and used. Layer basic ingredients and top with a variety of add-ins like; raisins, craisins, walnuts, almonds, dried apples, milk or white  chocolate chips, and more.  Arrange some in a basket with a few oatmeal granola bars for some variety, attach the tag with ribbon or string and your ready to go.

Oatmeal in Jars

Instant Oatmeal in a Jar

Whatever amount you are planning on making, divide oatmeal in half.  Place half your oatmeal in a blender or food processor and pulse until it is almost a powder consistency. This will give you the  creamy consistency of packaged instant oatmeal packets.

Layer the the following ingredients in each half pint mason jar:

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal, quick cook
  • 2 tsp. Powdered milk
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • (Optional) Add 1-2 Tbsp. chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit.

Oatmeal in a Jar prep

When you’re ready to prepare the instant oatmeal, just add 2/3 cup of boiling water and stir.

Don’t forget to add a label for directions and to mark each flavor.  The simplest way to do this is to trace the lid of your mason jar onto paper, cut it out, and slip it between lid and ring. Write the preparation instructions and the flavor you created. Or you can write the preparation directions on the back of the printable tag.

Two Free Printable Tags!

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I created two free printable tags that you can use to finish off your basket as a teacher’s gift! One is more girly and the other more gender neutral, so pick whichever you prefer. Have your child sign their name on the wavy lines to personalize the tag or fill in the prep directions in this spot. To grab the free tags, just click on the image you prefer above and it will take you to the full size image. You can then print or save the tag! Keep in mind, the image size is really large to give you the best print quality, so size accordingly before you print.

Oatmeal in a Jar Gift

Even if you don’t have a teacher to gift to this year, this is a super easy and quick way to have breakfast ready to go for the kids in the morning with very minimal prep needed. This instant oatmeal in a jar recipe will become a family favorite – for mom and kids!


About Janel

Hi, I'm Janel! I'm the owner and lead blogger here at A Mom's Take. I have five little boys age 8 and under. I am a Phoenix based mom blogger and love the sun. I love to travel and have been known for planning trips specifically to hit the roller coasters! I enjoy digital scrapbook and design and I'm obsessed with board games.


Instant Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe + Gift Idea! — 49 Comments

  1. This is a super nicee idea for not only teachers but almost everyone- I am thiinking too of the newspaper delivery person or the mail lady. Anyone would love this and it’s easy and pretty inexpensive to do. Thanks for the good idea!

  2. this is a brilliant idea for people all over in nursing homes to get a good family treat andfamily members great i love it

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  4. What a cute idea! A great gift for anyone really. Thanks for sharing about using the food processor tip, too, to make it have a better texture.

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  8. I’ve seen people give homemade hot chocolate mixes as gifts before, but not oatmeal. I love this idea! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  9. Oh, I love this. What a great idea to make our lives so much easier and what a cute gift idea. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  10. Oh my gosh! This is such a cute and yummy idea!My nieces are starting a new school so this would be perfect for them to give to their teachers.Definitely going to pin this.Thanks for sharing :)

  11. I love this idea and think that it makes a perfect gift.
    My kids would also love eating oatmeal this way so I will definitely be making some of these for them.


  12. This is such a thoughtful gift. I love that the brown sugar and everything is all in there.

  13. I love this. It looks delicious and the presentation is lovely. I am going to make some of these as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is such a thoughtful way to surprise a teacher! I’m a teacher and rarely have time to eat breakfast. Having a comforting oatmeal jar would be the perfect start to my day.

  15. I love this idea. I have tried the overnight oatmeal, but instant would be great too. I have lots of half pint jars to use. Cannot wait to try this!

  16. I love this idea, and I have so many mason jars laying around with nothing to do with them! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  17. Oh that is brilliant! I love how easy it makes getting a delicious oatmeal breakfast in on fast mornings. And it makes excellent gift ideas too!

  18. These look Yummy. I have never given a gift in a jar, but I am thinking about doing it this year. :)

  19. As a former teacher I can honestly say I would have loved to receive this as a gift! The free printable tags are so cute!

  20. I love this idea, and they would also make perfect gifts for my college student sisters.