Instant oatmeal packets are a godsend for busy mornings, but have you considered crafting your own instant oatmeal jars? By purchasing oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts in bulk, you can make your own version of instant oatmeal, and save money at the same time. Use adorable mason jars to portion out your meal, or some light zip-lock bags will also do the trick.

Ingredients for servings

    Make-Ahead Instant Oatmeal Jars

  • 0.5 cup uncooked quick oats

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 0.125 tsp cinnamon spice

  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries or dried fruit of your choice

  • 1 tbsp almond slivers or nuts of your choice

  • 1 cup water


    To make your oatmeal jar, layer the ingredients in the following order

    • oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, cranberries and almond slivers. Make as many jars as you’d like and store in a dry area. If you don’t have mason jars, feel free to make oatmeal packets using zip-lock bags. Remember to label with the date so you can keep track of freshness.

  • To cook the oatmeal with boiling water, bring 1 cup water to a rolling boil. Pour water into oatmeal jar and stir. Let the oatmeal stand for 4-5 minutes to soften. Then, stir and enjoy!

  • To cook the oatmeal by microwaving, pour oatmeal into a microwave-safe container large enough for it to bubble without spilling, then add 1 cup water. Microwave (at power level 7) for 2 minutes.

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