Make an assortment of flavors of instant oatmeal in minutes and have delicious breakfast options ready and waiting for the whole family.
The little packets of instant oats from the supermarket are so crazy convenient, but I always want to adjust the flavor so they’re a little less sweet. And customize them with additional ingredients to suit my family.
Instant oats cook super fast (hence the “instant”!) and are so versatile. In this recipe, you can make them in these flavors:
- Brown Sugar
TIP: Each of these flavors is shelf-stable, so you can make up a few containers and stash them into the pantry for quick breakfasts to come!
Ingredients You Need
To make instant oatmeal at home, you need:
- Instant oats (sometimes called “1 minute oats” or “quick oats”
- Dried fruit (such as raisins, dried apples, dried blueberries, dried mango)
- Brown sugar (optional)
- Hemp seeds, flax seeds, or chia seeds (optional)
TIP: For serving, you simply need water and a little milk.
Here’s a look at how to make this recipe for oatmeal. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.
- Add the oats to storage containers (or a bowl).
- Add the fruit of choice.
- Add any desired add-ins.
TIP: To serve this either right after making the mix or on a future day, top with warm water and let sit until soft.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regular rolled oatmeal are thicker and take a little longer to cook. Instant oats are broken up more, which means the pieces are thinners and cook faster.
No, though they do often get a bad wrap. Many of the packets available from the store are very sweet, but all oatmeal has fiber and B vitamins. You can customize the flavor and added sugar by buying plain instant oats and adding fruit or other add-ins at home.
Best Tips for Success
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Easy Instant Oatmeal, 6 Ways
You can make a handful of containers ahead of time, then pull them out for easy breakfasts when you need them. Or, make and serve all at once.
- 3 cups instant oats (sometimes called “quick oats” or “1-minute oats”
- 3/4 cup dried fruit (like dried blueberries, raisins, apples, or mango, or freeze-dried strawberries)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional; or chia or flax seeds)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- milk and/or nut or seeds butter (optional, for serving)
To make the oatmeal mix:
Divide the oats into ix 1-cup containers or bags.
Add 2 tablespoons dried fruit and 1 teaspoon seeds (if using) to each.
Sprinkle with cinnamon. Seal and store for up to 3 months.
To cook the instant oats:
Pour one container or bag into a heat-safe bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water, stir, and cover with a plate. Let sit for 2 minutes. The oats mixture will absorb the liquid and plump up.
(Alternatively, you can add the water to the bowl with the oats and cook in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, stopping to stir at least once. This way makes for slightly more well cooked instant oats.
Top with milk, brown sugar or honey, nut or seed butter, or with sprinkles as desired.
- Start with instant oats to ensure that they cook quickly when you’re ready to use them.
- Add fruit, , and seeds for extra flavor and nutrition.
- Store in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
- Top with milk and nut or seed butter when ready to serve as desired. (Adding nut or seed butter will make them more filling.)
- Gluten-free: Use GF certified .
- Dairy-free: Top with your favorite non-dairy milk.
Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg