Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homemade Oatmeal Packets

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I have seen this idea all over the internet. Making your own oatmeal packets.  I looked at several different recipes before deciding to come up with my own version.

Now you may think that those instant oatmeal packets are not that much money. You are right they are about $2.50 (without a coupon or sale) for 10 packets of oatmeal. Which ends up being about 25 cents per pack.

However if you make your own oatmeal packets you end up paying anywhere from 7 and 15 cents per packet. Big difference!

These are so easy to make and you control the ingredients that goes into them!

What you need:

  • 1 canister of oatmeal. Quick Oats (the largest canister)
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • snack bags or a small container to put the oatmeal servings in.

Other additions:

  • dried fruits such as raisins and berries
  • coffee creamer or powdered milk (to make berries and cream type oatmeal)
  • cinnamon

How to make the oatmeal packets:

Into each snack bag add:

  • 1/4 cup of oatmeal
  • a pinch of salt~you really only need an actual pinch of salt. I tried a recipe that called for 1/8th of a teaspoon and it was way too salty.
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
  • 1 Tbsp. of pureed oatmeal~I pureed about three cups of the oats in my food processor (you could also use a blender)~this gives it that added thickness that you get from the store bought packets. I did try 2 Tbsp. and it was a little too thick for our preference.

That’s it! You have just made plain oatmeal packets!

Other variations:

  • add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon for brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal.
  • add raisins (we have regular raisins and golden raisins here) and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon for brown sugar/cinnamon/raisin oatmeal
  • add 1Tbsp coffee creamer or powdered milk and your choice of dried berries: cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries for a berries and cream type oatmeal. I used powdered milk.

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Notes:

  • I added about 15 raisins or berries to our packets
  • 1/4 cup of milk or water makes the perfect thickness. Just pour your packet into a bowl, add the milk or water and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • I buy all of my dried fruit at Aldi (and my oatmeal too!)
  • Instead of individual packets you could just add all of your ingredients together in one bowl and then put the mixed oatmeal into a large container and measure out the amount you want each time. I have not tried this method yet as I make these up for my husband to grab and take to work with him.
  • You could also add fresh or frozen fruits just before serving (do not add these to your bags!)
  • I buy my snack bags in the $1 store in a 100 count box.

I ended up getting 45 packets of oatmeal from one canister of oatmeal. I am figuring these ended up costing me between 7 and 10 cents per packet which included the bags. I did not calculate the brown sugar, salt, berries, cinnamon and powdered milk as these were already on hand in my pantry.

My family has loved these and I just picked up another canister of oatmeal since we have eaten quite a bit of these already.  The 1/4 cup portion is enough for me and Justin (Kaden has not tried them yet, he is my picky eater) However Larry prefers to packs at a time.

These end up being a money saver. 45 packets of pre packaged oatmeal packets are $11.25 whereas 45 packets of homemade cost (based on 10 cents per packet)  $4.50 a savings of $6.75!

1 comment:

Jennifer Wedemeyer said...

What a fabulous idea, I've never heard of this before! We are in the middle of moving but when are all settled I'm going to try this for sure.