Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal

I apologize for being MIA this week.  My boys are off on their Spring break from school and my husband is taking a week of vacation with us.  We are just spending the week working around the house inside and out and trying to squeeze in a couple fun things but mostly we are just eating too much and spending time together.  I did want to share something with you that I made the other day though.  I thought maybe some of you may like the idea and want to make your own. 

I have made this Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal for 3 reasons. 

#1  It's Cheaper.
#2  It makes our mornings much easier.
#3  Once put in the packets - any member of my family can prepare it (not just me).

My husband loves the Quaker Instant Oatmeal in the Cinnamon Raisin Flavor.  I have bought it for him off and on since we have been married - that is until the past few years when finding it has proven to be a challenge for me.  I am not sure if they have stopped making it or the grocery stores around me just don't carry it but either way I have not found it.

Then one day I met a dear friend of mine at McDonald's for breakfast and I ordered for the first time ever their oatmeal.  I don't remember what it's name was exactly but it had raisins and chunks of apples cut up in it.  It was very good and the next morning for breakfast I decided to recreate it at home.  I mixed together some sugar, quick oats, cinnamon, raisins and chopped up apple - added a little water to it and popped it in the microwave and it was great.

So the next day I decided to make it minus the apple for my husband which would be like the flavor he likes so much and he loves it!

In my effort to make life easier and be more organized I made up some of this oatmeal and put it in snack size zip lock bags. 

Ingredients are simple:  quick oats, raisins, sugar and cinnamon.  As you can see from my picture I use store or generic brands.  Any brand will do.  Also I used white sugar but you could use what ever type of sugar or sweetener you prefer.

Each bag has 1/2 cup oats, 3 tsp. sugar (you could use less), 1/4 - 1/2 cinnamon (depending on how much you like), and 2 Tbls. raisins.

And there you have it - one bad of instant Raisin & Cinnamon Oatmeal ready to go.  All you have to do is add in your hot water and it will be ready to eat.  I still like to add in some chunks of apples with mine.  :)

I made up several bags worth and put them in a little basket to store in my pantry.


  1. Wow, I love this idea! I just had instant oatmeal this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that.....lol! However, mine wasn't homemade.

    What a great idea! I will have to try this!

    Also, just wanted you to know that the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party is up and ready for you to link up your posts this week.

    Thank you for participating last week. I'd love to have you join us again! Can't wait to see what you have to share this week!

    1. Thanks so much for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

  2. Going to love trying out this recipe and making it a regular breakfast item around here!

  3. This is absolutely genius!! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm definitely doing this asap!! Pinning!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  4. Stopping by from Thriving Thursday. How much water do you typically add to each pack? This is a great idea, and I can't wait to try it!

  5. hi Jamie, great question. I measured it this morning. It depends on how thick you like your oatmeal but i used about 1/4 cup.

  6. This is so much smarter than buying the packaged flavored oatmeal. I really like the idea of having them individually packaged.

  7. Great idea! I bet coconut sugar would do well in this recipe too (in lieu of white sugar) because it has a brown sugary flavor… Yum, like the maple in brown sugar one they sell...

  8. Love this idea, and I think I have all the ingredients on hand already!


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