DIY Oatmeal Packets {Recipe}

I don't know about you, but it seems that having a sitdown breakfast just doesn't happen on workdays.  Weekends, maybe.  But workdays, nope.  My commute to work isn't terribly far, but if I'm good I'll leave home by 6:45 which means that I would have to get up even earlier to actually cook breakfast each morning.  Not!  So, I'm always intrigued by quick breakfasts that venture on the healthy side.

I think you like oatmeal or you don't.  I like it.  If I had it my way, it would be steel cut all the way with cinnamon and maple syrup.  Steel cut is by far healthier, but the quick cooking oats in my home are going to get used up one way or another.

I was intrigued by this video, posted by Kathryn from the Do It on A Dime Channel.  So much so that I made my own packets immediately.  The only mods:  I used dried cranberries and almond slivers and I didn't add any salt.

I of course didn't make the bulk recipe because I wanted to try it out first.  I just did the math to make 4-5 packets.

My thoughts:  I don't have a Keurig or access to one at work, so I just added water and popped it into the microwave.  (This was a great way to have breakfast since I'm on bus duty at work and have to be there even earlier.)  The oatmeal was pretty good.  The creamer made it with a creamy consistency.  I wanted to try the dry milk but it was way more expensive.  I think that I could probably play around with the ingredients to make it even more to my taste.  I like the idea of making my own packets instead of the store-bought kind, but the knowledge that these type oats aren't the "best" for you makes me want to reconsider and perhaps try a steel cut oat version.

Would I try these again:  Yes, but with modifications.

If you're curious about the health factor of the oats, this is what I've been reading:  foods that take your body longer to process are better because they don't elevate your glycemic index so quickly.  Carbs don't have to be bad for you.  There are fast burning carbs and slow burning carbs.  Quick oats are not as healthy because of the way the oats are processed and they burn up quickly.  Steel cut oats work the opposite way and are a better choice.

p.s.  I think the next recipe I'll try is an overnight steel cut oatmeal in the crockpot.  Sounds exciting!

Happy Breakfast Making,


  1. Love this! You are so right about oatmeal, you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it.I use the regular stove top kind and when I'm in a rush, I cook it in the microwave. I tried steel cut in the past and wasn't a fan but I might just give it another try. Have you ever tried easy overnight oats made with oatmeal and yogurt.? I pinned it but haven't tried it yet. : Maybe you might like this as well for a quick on-the-go alternative.

  2. Great idea! I'm also an oatmeal lover and actually eat it every morning with cinnamon. Quick and simple! It would be interesting to give this a try to mix things up a bit!

  3. as a runner...I LOVE carbs. Oatmeal is such a great "recovery" food for runners. I use the old fashion oatmeal. I think the overnight oatmeal sounds fantastic...I have always wanted to try, but I keep forgetting :)

  4. Fabulous idea, my friend! Thanks for sharing and may you have a blessed Monday. Hugs!

  5. Mmmm...thanks for sharing this!!


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