DIY Instant Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a filling breakfast and even a satisfying snack. Simply add boiling water to this tasty DIY mixture! It's a homemade DIY instant oatmeal packet. Oats, salt, brown sugar and powdered milk. 4 ingredients (no chemicals or preservatives). DIY oatmeal doesn't get much easier than this! Plus, you can make a large batch and portion it out into DIY instant oatmeal packets. #brownsugar #oatmeal #instantoatmeal #homemadeinstantoatmealpackets

My husband loves to have a filling afternoon snack in his office, and one of his favorites is oatmeal. I bought him a water boiler and sent him with the instant packages because, well…they are convenient!

But one day I turned the label over and – gasp! – I was shocked at the ingredients. I mean, it’s oatmeal! How many ingredients do you really need?

I turned to my handy friend, Pinterest. She showed me numerous options for DIY instant oatmeal. I made a few different recipes and tweaked each of them until I discovered the sweet spot and my personal preference. I encourage you to follow my recipe exactly for the first time, but next time adjust to your liking.

My favorite thing about this oatmeal is the way it thickens up. I honestly let it stand for around 1 minute while I’m putting away the oatmeal, grabbing a glass of tea, and moving my items from the kitchen counter to the kitchen table. By this point it’s cooled off enough to eat and thickened up enough to be the perfect oatmeal blend.

Want your runnier? Add more water. Want yours like tar? Use less water or add in more of the dry oats mixture.

DIY Instant Brown Sugar Oatmeal


  • 10 cups of quick oats (1 large container)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry powdered milk


  1. Measure 3 cups of the oats. Blend until it becomes a powder.
  2. Mix together the blended oats with the remaining 7 cups of quick oats, salt, brown sugar and powdered milk. Mix together thoroughly.
  3. Store in a closed container.

To use:

  1. Add desired amount of DIY Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal mixture to a bowl.
  2. Add desired amount of boiling water to bowl.
  3. Stir together and let sit 1 minute before eating (to thicken and to cool).
  4. Enjoy!


  • Why blend the 3 cups of oats? This acts as a thickener, which makes the perfect blend for this DIY instant oatmeal.
  • If you buy the large tub of oats, this makes a huge batch.
  • It’s oatmeal, so it’s not going to go bad! You can even keep a reserve of it in your emergency kit (since it’s a filling meal that only requires water).
  • Have kiddos? Portion out serving sizes into ziplock snack sized bags. Then they can dump a serving into a bowl and simply add water.
  • Going on vacation? This travels well! I always take a bag with me when I go as a leader to youth camp (because camp food is always questionable, but I know there will always be hot water for tea and instant coffee…and oatmeal!)

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