Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

Oatmeal in a white bowl with spoon and text "Homemade Oatmeal Mix"
For a healthier and less expensive alternative to instant oatmeal packets, try this homemade instant oatmeal mix. Adapt the spices and add-ins to suit your taste and leave the jar on the counter for a quick and easy breakfast that beats cereal. (Be sure to check out our other homemade mixes.)


Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

  • Author: Mary Ann
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes


  • 6 cups quick oatmeal
  • 11/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit (dried apples, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • 1 cup broken nut pieces (pecans, almonds, or walnuts)
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon (optional, good if using dried apples)


Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Crush any clumps of brown sugar to blend with other ingredients. Store in an airtight container. To serve, mix 1/2 cup oatmeal mix with 1/3 cup boiling water. Mix well and let sit for 1 minute to thicken. Adjust the amount of water added for preferred consistency if needed.


If you find that the oatmeal is not as thick as you would like, try processing 1-2 cups of the dry quick oats in the blender before mixing them in with the rest of the ingredients.

Keywords: instand oatmeal mix, homemade instant oatmeal mix

Oatmeal in a white bowl with spoon, glass of orange juice, jar of homemade instant oatmeal mix and text "Homemade Oatmeal Mix"

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online since the early 2000's, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms. She loves planning/organizing and she loves to cook, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. Her goal for Menus4Moms is to help busy cooks to save time and money through planning ahead and becoming more efficient in the kitchen.

Mary Ann is the mother of two grown daughters and is married to a retired Marine. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching foreign television series, researching genealogy, and traveling.


  1. My hubby really enjoys a popular brand of instant oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and dates in it. At almost $5 for 8 servings, and the only store that carried it being hit and miss on stocking it, I thought, there must be a way I could make this!! Thank you for this recipe! It was perfect – and saved us a LOT of money.

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