I LOVE oatmeal...mmmm. But I know the prepackaged packets (you know, strawberry, peach, etc that are all really just apples dyed to match the fruit color they claim to be) aren't that great for you and are loaded with sugar, etc. So I tackled making my own:
You'll need quick oats, creamer, dried fruit, and baggies and a food processor or blender:
First up you're going to take some of your oats and cut them up in your food processor or blender - this is what will give you the consistency of the store-bought packets. So on the left is regular and on the right is after I put some in my food processor:
I saw several different recipes and versions on Pinterest, and combined them into what worked for me. When eating the store bought oatmeal, I use 2 packets, so I made my homemade version a generous helping.
Each baggie includes:
1/2 cup quick oats
1/8 cup blended quick oats (from the food processor)
1 tbsp creamer (because the store kind I like is "strawberries and cream" or "peaches and cream")
1-2 tbsp dried fruit - I had strawberry, peach, and coconut pineapple
So, verdict - - it's alright. It mixes up just like the store packets - same consistency, etc. Looks perfect. But when I eat it, I know it's missing the loads of sugar. It's good and all, just doesn't have the exact same taste. I think it'd be better with more fruit, but that dried fruit was pricey and I was stingy.
Have you ever tried making your own Oatmeal Packets before?