Instant oatmeal makes a great breakfast. On mornings when we’re all rushing to start our day, I love that it’s quick, easy and filling. You can easily make your own packs of instant oatmeal that are a fraction of the cost, yet still as convenient and tasty as the premade ones. Premade instant oatmeal runs about 25 cents a pack.  You can make your own for as little as 7 cents a pack! This recipe makes it easy to mix up a big batch and have plenty on hand. You can package single servings in individual snack sized bags (this will add a bit to your overall cost) or simply store it in a large container and measure out what you need for each serving.  Our family loves this version of oatmeal so much that we have yet to purchase a premade packet since trying this. Give it a try and see what you think!


  • 12 cups old fashioned oats (6 cups blended) – $1.69
  • 1-2 cups brown sugar (can add more or less depending on preference)  – $0.45
  • 1 cup coffee creamer – $0.51
  • 2 teaspoons salt – $0.02


  1. The secret to making oatmeal “instant,” allowing it to cook quickly and have a creamy texture like premade packets, is to blend about half of your oats and turn them into powder. Blend 6 cups of oats in your blender until they turn to powder.
  2. Stir together oats, blended oats, brown sugar, coffee creamer and salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. Measure out 1/3 cup and put in individual snack size bags, or store in large airtight container.
  4. When preparing oatmeal, mix 1/3 cup oatmeal with 1/3 cup water or milk and cook in microwave on high for 1 minute (microwave cooking times may vary).
  5. This oatmeal is delicious on its own, or you can add your favorite toppings: fresh or dried fruit, a little drizzle of syrup, a pinch of cinnamon, nuts, etc.

Makes 36 servings

Total cost: $2.67 per batch or $0.07 per serving

Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets!