Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Make breakfast a breeze with this homemade instant oatmeal! It’s easy to customize and can be prepped in advance! Plus it’s so much healthier than the store bought kind!!

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I have to be honest. Usually I’m an oatmeal once or two times a month kind of gal, but our toddler is strangely obsessed with it. I’ve been buying him the little pouches of low-sugar cinnamon apple instant oatmeal, but they’re pretty expensive and full of additives. I hopes of saving a little money and being slightly healthier, I made it a goal for the new year to make my own!

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And you know what? It’s super easy & just as delicious. Here’s what you’ll need: quick-cooking oats, oat bran, ground flaxseed, powdered milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon. That’s it. Most of the items that I just listed can be purchased in bulk at most grocery stores… along with any mix-ins you might want to add (fruit, nuts, chocolate etc.).

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The best thing about making your own oatmeal is that you can play around with the base. Don’t want flaxseed? Great, just omit it. Want to use another kind of sugar? Go for it! Sprinkle in any kind of spice you want to change things up.

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I always mix up one serving in a small bowl and then toss in whatever I want in that individual “pouch.” The options are endless! My favorites are blueberry almond (using dehydrated blueberries, peanut butter banana (using powdered peanut butter and chopped banana chips) and cinnamon apple (dried apples with lots of apple pie spice). Then I toss it into a snack size ziploc bag and label it. I usually do about 2 weeks worth at a time. Breakfast for the next to weeks = done!! ????

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All that’s left to do is pour it in a bowl with 2/3 c. of water and microwave it on hight for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Crazy easy, right?! You can pack these and take them to work with you, or simple store them in your pantry to make at home.

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I’m so glad I decided to take a bit of time to make this homemade instant oatmeal. It’s something we’ll make time & time again!!

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Homemade Instant Oatmeal Recipe

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 183kcal
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  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp oat bran
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp dry powdered milk*
  • 1-3 tsp brown sugar**
  • pinch salt
  • 2/3-3/4 cup water


  • In a small prep bowl combine all of the ingredients, whisk together. Add in any desired spices, nuts, dried fruit or chocolate and place into a microwave-safe bowl and add 2/3 c. water. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Stir and let cool. Mix in an additional tablespoon or two of water if needed.


*I used Bob's Red Mill non-fat powdered milk, but King Arthur Flour makes a good dried milk as well.
**I'd suggest starting with 1 tsp. of sugar (you can also use other sweeteners if desired) and go up from there.
{mix-ins} chopped dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate, spices etc.
-I make individual portions at a time and then place them in sandwich size ziploc bags, that way I can make multiple flavors, have them prepped for the week and take them on the go if needed.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. This recipe is great. I LOVE oatmeal, and usually keep Quaker low sugar on hand. But having it daily can get a little pricey. I like the idea that I can control what goes in my breakfast bowl. The cherry dark chocolate sounds great. One question….what chocolate do you use? Pinned. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Mary! I generally chop up a Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking bar or even a bittersweet one… the leftovers I toss into a batch of cookies 🙂