The school season is upon us. Some students have already started and several more will start soon. We are enjoying our last couple weeks of Summer and preparing to head back into the routine of the school year.
One of our struggles during the school year, is having a quick breakfast before heading out the door. And starting their day (or yours) with a good breakfast is important. There’s nothing like a steamy bowl of hot oatmeal filled with fruit, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon to start the day.
By spending just 10 minutes or so, you can make up these Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets and save time in the morning and money in your pocket.
For the next couple weeks, we will be sharing recipes that are quick – easy – and kid friendly for Back to School. This week we are focusing on Breakfast. So stay tuned while we help get you ready for the school year!
I have to confess, I’m a fan of the instant oatmeal you can buy at the store. We all like the fruit flavored variety, and although it’s just a few dollars, that can add up. Especially if you are looking to trim your grocery budget and eat healthy.
I’m pretty sure those oatmeal packets are good for you, but there is just something about knowing what ingredients you are eating makes all the difference.
We started with a recipe from Andrea Dekker, and changed it to suit our taste. The basic recipe has oatmeal, instant dry milk powder, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then we added dried fruit – a combination of plums, cranberries, cherries and blueberries, chopped pecans and raisins.
We started with a recipe from Andrea Dekker, and changed it to suit our taste. The basic recipe has oatmeal, instant dry milk powder, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then we added dried fruit – a combination of plums, cranberries, cherries and blueberries, chopped pecans and raisins.Mix all in ingredients together in a large bowl.
And then add a heaping 1/2 cup of the mixture into resealable bags.
Now the Oatmeal Packets are ready for a quick breakfast! Here are a few tips we found helpful…
- Mix all the fruit and nuts into the oatmeal mixture, or if you prefer you can leave them out and add them when you cook the oatmeal. We found mixing them in to be much quicker.
- This batch made 9 servings, depending on how heaping you make your measuring cup, you could stretch it out to 10 possibly.
- You can either add milk or water and cook in the microwave, or if you prefer your oatmeal soft and cooked a bit more (like I do), you can heat the milk or water on the stovetop to boiling and then add the packet of oatmeal, cook about 1-2 minutes or until thick.
To serve, add more fruit and milk if you like.
- 5 cup oats, quick cooking
- ⅓ cup instant dry milk powder
- ⅔ cups brown sugar, packed firmly
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup dried fruit - we used plums, cranberries, cherries and blueberries
- ½ cup nut, chopped - we used pecans
- ½ cup raisins
- In a large bowl, stir to combine all ingredients *see notes
- Add a heaping ½ cup of mixture to resealable bag
- Add ¾ - 1 cup milk or water to a small saucepan and heat to boiling on stove
- Add oatmeal packet and cook 1-2 minutes or until thick
- Add oatmeal packet to microwave safe bowl
- Add ¾ - 1 cup milk or water to oatmeal and stir
- Heat 1-2 minutes on high
- Enjoy with additional dried fruit or nuts and milk to taste
Follow along as we share Back to School Recipes to make your life easier!
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