Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pinteresting Review: Oatmeal Packets

     Every time I ask my four year old what she wants for breakfast, I get one of two answers: yogurt or oatmeal...with sprinkles of course. Apparently, everything is better with sprinkles.
     Now, I realize that it doesn't take that long to make good ole' old fashioned oats. It does take more than a minute, though, and that is how long instant oatmeal packets take to cook. Buying a box of weird ingredient oatmeal packets every week is out of the question, so when I saw these homemade oatmeal packets on Pinterest, I had my solution. I can give my sprinkle-lovin' princess a hot, healthy breakfast and save money at the same time.
     Basically, I followed the same recipe I found on Pinterest. Sometimes we add a splash of vanilla after the oatmeal is cooked. Sometimes, I make the packets with only one teaspoon of brown sugar and add a splash of maple syrup for a different flavor. You could also leave out the sugar altogether and add your sweetener of choice later...like cookie butter! Then suddenly oatmeal isn't as healthy but is more delicious.
     I put the packets in those snack size bags. I found the butterfly bags pictured in the dollar section at Target. Then I put all the bags in an empty oatmeal container. I have the recipe taped onto the outside, so when we run out of packets I don't have to look for it. I even made it all fancy with argyle duct tape. Nice, I know.
    As far as the nutritional information goes, these are very similar to the store bought packets. We compared them to Trader Joes Apple Cinnamon oatmeal packets since that is what we had at home. Each packet is 139 calories, 27 carbs, 2g fat, 4g protein, 10g sugar, 3g fiber. If you use Stevia instead of the brown sugar, you save 30 calories and 8g of sugar.

Homemade Oatmeal Packets

by Robin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Ingredients (20 packets)
1/3 cup quick oats
1 tsp milk powder
pinch of salt
2 tsp light brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Combine all ingredients in a snack-size bag.

To make for breakfast...
  • Dump packet into bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup water.
  • Heat in microwave for 1 min 10 sec.
  • Stir (Optional: Add in dried fruit, granola, apples, maple syrup, etc)
  • Add Sprinkles for princesses (optional)
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