You’ve all heard it before:

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

And it certainly can be!  It sets the tone for the rest of your day.  Yet it can be so hard (at least for me) to find the time to make a healthy breakfast each morning.  As a result, I often reach for things that are quick and easy, but pricey and maybe a little preservative and additive heavy.

My kids LOVE oatmeal packets, and lately I’ve really been enjoying the Quaker Medleys since they are multigrain and include real fruit and nuts.  But I wanted to find a way to cut the cost.



These homemade oatmeal packets do just that!  Plus, they are quick and easy to make, and you know exactly what you are eating.  Make up a bunch at once and store them in Ziploc bags.

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Gather your ingredients.  You will need

In the picture below, I used peaches, almonds, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  However, you can make any combination you want when you are doing this at home!

Homemade Oatmeal ingredients from Simple Family Preparedness

At this point, you can put all the ingredients for your homemade oatmeal packet in a Ziploc bag.  Make multiple bags at once.  Then store the bags in your empty oats containers.  Don’t throw the bags away though when you make the oatmeal.  Just put them back in the container to be re-used next time you make a batch.

When you are ready to eat, put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.

Homemade Oatmeal ingredients in bowl from Simple Family Preparedness

Add water (or milk if you prefer), and cook the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Homemade oatmeal in microwave from Simple Family Preparedness

Let it sit for one more minute before eating!

Homemade Oatmeal Packets (aka copycate quaker medleys) from Simple Family Preparedness

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Make your own oatmeal breakfast packets at home. Save money and eat healthier!

Homemade Oatmeal Packets (aka copycat Quaker Medleys)
Author: Misty
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Make your own homemade oatmeal packets full of healthy, nutrient packed ingredients and spend far less than you would at the grocery store.
  • 1/2 cup [url href=””]quick oats[/url]
  • 1 Tbsp. [url href=”” target=”_blank”]cracked cereal[/url]
  • 2-3 Tbsp. [url href=”” target=”_blank”]freeze dried fruit[/url] broken into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. nuts
  • Sweetener of choice (like [url href=””]brown sugar[/url], honey or [url href=”” target=”_blank”]honey crystals[/url]. I use just under 1 tablespoon. Adjust amount to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp spices (cinnamon or Allspice)
  • 1 cup water or milk (use 1 cup prepared [url href=”” target=”_blank”]instant milk[/url] if making from 100% food storage)
  1. Combine all ingredients except water in a Ziploc bag
  2. When ready to eat, add 1 cup water
  3. Microwave on high for approximately 1 – 1 1/2 minute
  4. Let sit for 1 minute
  5. Enjoy!


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