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.