We live in upper Michigan where we have 7-8 months of winter and spend a whole lot of time with our temps hovering at or below zero. That means that some mornings the only way to really warm up is with a big bowl of steaming hot oatmeal.
Who doesn't love the convenience of those little packets you get from the store? Quick, easy, but not very cost effective for what you are getting. And as the kids got older, they started eating two at a time because one just wasn't filling enough. Bye-bye grocery budget. We were going through nearly a box a day for all of us.
Then I realized how cheap bulk oats were. The best prices I found were at health food stores specializing in bulk foods, but even those big box stores had packages of bulk oats. I needed to find a way to make our own oatmeal packets.
It took some experimentation, but we finally found a basic recipe that we can all agree on. The best part is that everyone can take this basic oatmeal packet and customize it to their tastes on the spot. We keep a ready supply of freeze dried fruit on hand for snacking, but it works amazing in oatmeal as well. I have one that loves her banana and blueberry version and another that prefers diced apple and raisins. Me, well I happen to like it just the way it is.
I've been making this now for close to 5 years and in that time I've learned a couple things. Don't skip the salt. It makes all the difference. Also sandwich baggies are convenient and they can be reused, but they don't take constant use very well. We were only getting 3-4 uses per bag before they would get tossed. I was buying a box of sandwich bags once a month for just the oatmeal. Then I found these. We've had them almost 18 months and have yet to replace a single one. They stack beautifully on the pantry shelf and only take up the space of one large box of cereal. There is so much less mess from the oatmeal now. We love them!
*Note: we only use these containers for storing. We do not use them for heating or cooking of the oatmeal.
Homemade Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal Packets
for each packet:
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tbls. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
Place all the ingredients in your preferred container. Store until ready to use.
Make as many packets as you want. It's that easy.
To prepare your oatmeal:
We are a divided household on how to prepare our oatmeal.
Empty contents of container into a bowl. Add fruit if desired.
Fill a coffee mug with water and microwave until nearly boiling (approx. 1 1/2 minutes). Pour hot water into oatmeal a little at a time until desired consistency.
I like mine thick and then I pour milk over top to cool it a bit.
Empty contents of container into a microwave safe bowl. Add fruit if desired. Add 3/4 cup water and stir. Microwave for 1 minute or until oats have soaked up the water.
*milk can also be substituted for the water if desired
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