Homemade instant oatmeal packets

Homemade instant oatmeal in a white bowl.Today’s recipe is inspired by my new work setup. Yup, we’ve been back teaching in-person for 2 weeks and it’s … a lot … to say the least. The way my classes are set up, I cannot be in-person with them all so I teach half my classes from a different building in the school. The room I am in is beautiful but not exactly set up for teaching (we’re just using all the available spaces we have this year to make sure everyone is safe) so I’ve brought over some essentials but anyone looking in wouldn’t recognise it as a classroom. My “whiteboard” is my screen, my “class” is on another screen and I’m teaching paperless this year (meaning, students “hand in” their work digitally only). It’s… a lot.

No fridge, no microwave? What’s for lunch then?

Something I didn’t bargain on being something to consider this year was lunch and snacks. We don’t have access to communal things like fridges, coffee machines, microwaves, toasters etc… so my routine has been completely thrown. I typically pack Neil’s and my lunch each morning and it mostly consists of leftovers. That need… a fridge. And a microwave. Ok then. At the start of the school year I made a valiant effort with an excellent thermos and I have a great lunch bag and some frozen blocks that keep things cool. But, it’s not the same (also, I only have short blocks of break for meals so it most definitely is different). I found myself either not eating at all during the day, eating only fruit (because it was easy) or eating only snacky things like granola bars. And towards the end of Term 1, I found myself not really feeling great at all. As I have to run after work when I am teaching in-person, I also found I wasn’t fuelled enough for a run/ workout and was pretty run down after a while.

Have kettle, will eat!

The lightbulb moment came, ironically, one day I had a longer break than usual and found myself at the pharmacy (whoo hoo! an “outing”) waiting for my flu shot and ended up in the cereal aisle (in the distanced queue). My eyes happened on the instant oatmeal packets and I was like “Oh right! I LOVE those!” and I picked up a bunch to keep at school because that IS a decent snack/ meal that can fill me up and isn’t just grazing (especially with the right toppings!). Yes, I would eat cereal for every meal if I was left to my own devices LOL!

After I got myself a kettle (no sharing of communal kettles either!), I found myself and my tummy much happier at work and instead of bringing in a huge bag of food with thermos etc, all I needed to bring in was some fruit, yoghurt and some bits and bobs for toppings (oatmeal is ALL about the toppings, didn’t you know?). True, somedays I will bring a simple sandwich but the oatmeal packets saved me a little bit towards the end of Term 1.

Time on your hands? See what you can make from scratch!

Fast forward to January 2021 when teaching went online for 6 weeks. I found myself at home with access to everything I needed to make a proper lunch (and a bit more time too). But, I was running in the mornings and needed something to tide me over after a run through my long morning of online classes – enter oatmeal. Except as I wasn’t going many places (the local coffee shop, the post office or pharmacy), I had to order a few boxes of instant oatmeal for delivery with our groceries. And noticed that it isn’t exactly cheap. But that the ingredients are. As I waited for the kettle to boil one day, I read the ingredients and figured that I could so easily make these myself – just like I had been doing with granola most of last spring, summer and fall (this one and this one are my current faves!).

So I took it on myself to figure out a mix that worked. And, after a few iterations, I think I’ve got it! Just as well since we are back in-person and this will save me a ton of money (and the environment some packaging) if we continue to work at school for the next term.

Homemade instant oatmeal in a large white bowl with a scoop.

Yield: 10-12

Homemade instant oatmeal packets

Homemade instant oatmeal in a large white bowl with a scoop and small reusable ziploc bags.

Make instant oatmeal packets at home!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 180g (2 cups) quick (1 minute) oats
  • 65g (1/2 cup) large flake (old fashioned) oats
  • 45g (1/3 cup) flax meal
  • 45g (1/4 cup) whole flax seeds
  • 45g (1/4 cup) chia seeds
  • 40g (1/3 cup) oat flour
  • 80g (1/3 cup) brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Portion into reusable containers or bags (1/3 cup or approx. 50g per portion).

Notes

To serve: Add 1/3 - 2/3 cup boiling water and stir. If you like your large flake oats a little less chewy, you can microwave the bowl on high for 30 seconds. Top with dried fruits, nut and seeds of your choice.

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Homemade instant oatmeal in a large white bowl with a scoop and small reusable ziploc bags.This is a hearty oatmeal – with both ground flax and flax seeds as well as chia seeds, it keeps you going until lunchtime. With three types of oats (1-minute – or “quick”, large flake – or “old fashioned”, and oat flour for creaminess), it’s the oatiest oatmeal ever! The brown sugar lends a bit of sweetness but not too much, leaving you lots of room for sweetness with the toppings.

Oatmeal with pepitas, coconut and cranberries in a white bowl with a red handled spoon.Simply portion this mix out in containers, jars or bags and then all you need to do is add your toppings for an excellent (and much cheaper with less packaging) breakfast, lunch or snack.

So, what are you waiting for? Get mixing!

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3 thoughts on “Homemade instant oatmeal packets”

  1. oh yaaaaay – will hafta get mixing!!!! I love love love instant oatmeal but haven’t eaten any since my last visit to USA and brought back boxes and boxes of Quaker instant oats.

    Unfortunately instant oatmeal Downunder isn’t quite as instant as adding boiling water – it needs cooking in the microwave and who has time for that kind of thing in the morning rush ;). Plus I eat organic so don’t see the point of nuking stuff in the microwave and prefer to go without.

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