There is something very convenient about grabbing a flavored oatmeal packet in the morning and calling it “breakfast.” My husband takes two or three to work each morning. You should know, however, that traditional flavored instant oatmeal packets are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings… a big no-no in my book. Anyhow, with a husband that takes 2-3 every morning, this convenience can get costly. Back in March, Life as MOM wrote up a post on her frugal Fridays about how to make your own at home and I decided to give them a try. I’m so glad I did! Since then, I’ve gotten MUCH more creative and made homemade, healthy versions of store-bought flavorings!
Her great tip on using fun snack sized bags has turned a “blah” pouch into a breakfast made for little boys and princesses!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Recipe:
(as written in Life as MOM)
What you’ll need for each bag
- 1/4 cup instant oats
- 1 tsp instant dry milk powder
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Empty contents of one packet and add 1/2cup of hot water. Stir and let it sit for 5minutes and ENJOY!
You can say that I LOVE the convenience and the options this gives us! Here are some variations of the typical store bought flavors I’ve developed:
Peaches & Cream: oats, 3tsp milk powder, 1 TB dried peaches, 1/2 tsp brown sugar
Banana Nut Muffin: oats, 2tsp milk powder, 1TB dehydrated banana slices (crushed up), 1/8tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1tsp crushed walnuts
Strawberries & Cream: oats, 3tsp milk powder, 1TB dehydrated strawberries (crushed), 1/2tsp brown sugar
Apples & Cinnamon: oats, 1tsp milk powder, 2tsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 2TB dehydrated apples (cut in small pieces)
Cinnamon Raisin: oats, 1tsp milk powder, 2tsp raisins, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 2tsp brown sugar
Blueberry muffin: oats, 2tsp milk powder, 1TB blueberries, 1/2tsp brown sugar, pinch lemon zest