The “Secret” To Making Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

DIY Oatmeal Packets

Ever since the weather has turned a bit colder I am LOVING my morning oatmeal again!  I am a major fan of oatmeal for breakfast. It’s warm, it’s satisfying, it’s filling, and it’s DELICIOUS! :-)  My personal favorite is the Maple Brown Sugar variety…and I don’t think I’m alone in that. Seems to be the most popular one with most people.

I used to buy the individual oatmeal packets that are are usually sold in boxes of 6 or 8 until I realized I could make the same thing just by using my regular (GF) rolled oats and adding brown sugar and a little maple syrup. I also add a little half and half and a handful of roasted almonds.  HEAVEN!

This certainly isn’t a difficult thing to make in the morning…but then I got to thinking about how handy it would be to have it all just mixed together beforehand in little…..packets! :-)  Wow! Someone should market those!  Oh wait….

So I did a little online research and after looking at a dozen or so different recipes, I decided to make up my own “custom” packets.

Have you ever noticed how the packets that you buy in the store cook up differently than the bowl of oatmeal you make at home?  I’ve often wondered why they seem to turn out thicker and creamier than mine. Today I am here to share the “secret” with you!

DIY Oatmeal Packets

Blended oatmeal. Yep. That, my friends, is the “secret ingredient” in commercial oatmeal packets that sets them apart. A portion of the rolled oats are processed in a blender until they are a powder, then added back to the whole oats. Makes so much sense now that I know! lol.  But I don’t think I would ever have figured that one out on my own.

Now that I knew how I could replicate the oatmeal packet texture, I was ready to get started!  But I still had one more vexing problem with this whole homemade oatmeal packets idea.  Every recipe I found involved making up each little individual serving separately. That just seemed like more work than it was worth!

But then I came across this recipe from Coffee Break With Liz and Kate and knew I was onto something good! Instead of adding several ingredients individually to each little baggie, this recipe mixed all the ingredients together FIRST, then apportioned them into the “packets”.  MUCH smarter. 

I did make a few changes, however, the main one being the addition of non-dairy coffee creamer. Many recipes I read used powdered milk, but I ALSO read that it has a tendency to develop mold in the bag over time. Some recipes called for non-dairy creamer instead. Better safe than sorry. :-)


So here is my version of…

Homemade Instant Oatmeal “Packets”


  • 10 cups of quick oats (about 3/4 of a large tub of oats)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2  cups brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
  • 1 cup non-dairy creamer
  • snack-sized plastic baggies


  • Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.
  • Blend the remaining 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery, then add to the 7 cups of oats.
  • Add salt, brown sugar, and creamer to the oats. Stir until well mixed.
  • Measure 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-sized plastic baggie and seal.
  • Makes approximately 24 servings.

DIY Oatmeal Packets

To prepare: empty 1 “packet” of oatmeal into a bowl or mug and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. (Microwaves vary, so add more time if necessary.)

These have been so handy to grab and cook up in the morning….or afternoon….or evening…or as a midnight snack. :-)

I still add a little half-and-half, a handful of roasted almonds, and a drizzle of maple syrup to mine.  Just LOVE those flavors together! But having these little packets already made up and ready to go has been a treat, in more ways than one!

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  1. Karen says

    Yummy! I’ve been doing this for awhile, both for eating & taking relaxing baths (ground up to a powdery consistency, of course).

  2. Terri says

    This sounds wonderful! I like the creamer idea, will try it. Thanks for all your great recipes and info!

  3. Tiffany says

    My daughter and I absolutely love the apples and cinnamon kind and probably go through a box every 2 days or so. I’ve tried cutting up apple’s myself in oatmeal but they don’t taste right, they seem to be a little to crunchy and she will pick them out (which defeats the purpose of apple oatmeal). Is there a trick to getting the the same affect but with the apple version? Otherwise this may be a very expensive winter :-)

    • Lori Sue Johnson says

      I’ve never tried it, but have you thought about adding cinnamon flavored chunky applesauce to the oatmeal?

    • TerriM says

      I’m pretty sure the apples in the oatmeal are dried apples. There are probably ways to make your own.

    • CTY says

      I buy online freeze dried apple dices and other fruits for this oatmeal (you can even get organic). Freeze dried is key, avoid dehydrated. I have even put freeze dried carrots in mine.

    • Beth W. says

      What about trying Apple Chips. You buy them in the produce department with Salad making items. You could crunch them up. I would imagine they would rehydrate some after adding hot water if they sit a short time. I may give it a try.

    • Beth W. says

      Apple chips are a no go. You could taste the grease from cooking the chips in your oatmeal. Don’t do it. Sorry, glad I tried it.

      • Scott A says

        I have now made this a couple different times and have come up with a couple changes. I am using Slenda brown sugar alternative and powdered milk. Makes it just a bit more diet friendly I think :-)

        Thing I discovered today (I am such a clueless man in the kitchen) is if you put the brown sugar and milk in the food processor with your 3 cups of oats it mixes much better in the big container (no brown sugar clumps). Also dehydrated apple and/or banana chips are outstanding in this. Also for an packet equivelant of Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar you can find powdered maple syrup.

        Ever since I was introduced to this I haven’t even considered the packet stuff on the store shelves.

    • ejpoeta says

      dried apples. many apples and cinnamon recipes call for dried apples. have yet to get some to try it. i make maple brown sugar. trying to find a cinnamon roll recipe right now in fact. lol.

    • Victoria M. says

      Try cutting up dried apples ( the soft and pliable ones ) into bits and using those. I buy the dried apple rings in bulk at Winco and use those, but you do the same with a dehydrator.

    • Lisa Hansn says

      Hi there-
      I’m looking at a Blendtec. Do you have one and can you tell me what you like about it?
      I’ve also heard that Vitamix is a good comparable. Any thoughts?

  4. Abbey says

    I like to add a tablespoon or two of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, plus about 1 teaspoon of ground ginger to my “base” mix–it’s not enough to flavor the oatmeal by much, but for people who just can NOT eat plain oatmeal (me!! LOL), it is JUST ENOUGH to make me *want* to eat it. I also like to add dried fruit to my bowl–we keep 7 or 8 different dried fruits around just for oatmeal! We dehydrated most of them ourselves–it’s so nice to know what’s in our bowl! We use dry milk in our mix, but I just dump the mix back into the oatmeal canister and throw in the 2/3 cup measuring scoop so DS can make his own without needing to remember measurements. Ours is never around long enough to worry about mold (I’ve not heard that before–weird…!?). Thanks for bringing this to more people’s attention!!!

  5. Lee says

    I’ve made this and it works well, I did however use small reuseable containers I got at the dollar store (ten pack)instead of baggies

  6. says

    I have made the apple cinnamon version, as this is the only flavor I like. I used dried apples. Instead of putting in small bags, I store in a large Tupperware container with a measuring scoop. While I have heard about the powdered oats before, I just use old fashioned oats, and cook in microwave 2-3 minutes. No problems. Works great and I feel so much better about eating it, because it is so much less expensive! Plus no waste for those other flavors that I don’t like.


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