I don't know about you but if I don't have breakfast pre-made I often just skip it. I know, I know, it's a bad thing but I try and get alot of my work done in the mornings and breakfast just slips my mind.
But if I have something pre-made and ready to go, it's easy to grab while I'm working or before I need to run out the door. One easy and mostly healthy breakfast food is instant oatmeal. Pre-made in those little packages they are easy to pack for lunches or grab from the cupboard. Too bad they are expensive and have some scaries in them. Let's take a look:
Oat(s) Whole Grain Rolled, Sugar, Natural Flavors, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Guar Gum, Oat(s) Flour, Caramel Color, Iron Reduced, Vitamin A Palmitate
Yummy, fake coloring and mysterious "natural flavors". Just what I wanted in a breakfast!
The regular price of this on Amazon per 12 count box is around $3.50.
So let's mix up some of our own....
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
What You Need:
- 1/2 c. quick oats
- 2 t. powdered milk (I use powdered whey)
- 1 T. sugar (brown sugar, succant, turbinado, honey granules, ect)
Tada!! Instant oatmeal!
If you'd rather, you could also just times this recipe by 5 or 10 and place the whole thing in a jar to keep at home. Just measure out a little more than 1/2 c. of mix for each bowl. When you want to make a packet just add 3/4 c. of hot water or milk and stir. You could also add dried fruit to make different flavors.
It takes about a whole 5 minutes to make a whole bunch of these. So fast but will save lots of breakfast prep-time in the future!
I paid $3.60 for 5 pounds of organic oats. There are 5 cups of oats in a pound so each 1/2 c. of oats per recipe cost me $0.07. The sugar and powdered milk are really small amounts but I will guess it costs about $0.15 for each "packet" including the oats. That makes the total $1.80 for a 12 count (which is what's in each store boughten box) or a difference of $1.70. About 50% off the cost of the store bought and I my version was even organic!
What mix do you want to see me make next? Find even more make ahead breakfast ideas!
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