This homemade instant oatmeal mix is not only so easy and simple to make, but will save you lots of time and money in the long run! This is essentially a base recipe, so you are free to add in things you love or whatever you may have on hand. Full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein, this meal prepped breakfast will keep your blood sugar balanced and keep you satiated all morning long!

homemade Instant oatmea mix in a jar.

Okay, I know instant oatmeal packets are so convenient, especially if you are short on time in the morning. But, higher quality oatmeal packets can be pretty pricey (upwards of $6 for a box), especially when you can make them at home for so cheap, in little time!

Why you’ll love making homemade instant oatmeal mix

It’s super quick! You just throw everything into the jar.
To make it, you just add 1/3-1/2 cup of the mix to a bowl, add milk, and heat!
Full of healthy and nourishing ingredients.
Versatile, so you can always switch up the flavors.
It makes a balanced meal of healthy fats, fiber, and protein!
It can be super cost effective!

How to make homemade instant oatmeal

It’s super simple! You will just add oatmeal and whatever mix-ins you’d like to a jar, give it a good shake, place the lid on, and store in your pantry!

How to prepare instant oatmeal

When you’re ready to eat, you just place 1/3-1/2 cup of the mixture to a bowl, add your milk of choice, and heat in the microwave. I usually add a dash of cold milk after to make it even creamier. If you don’t add protein powder to the mix, you can always stir some in after you’ve prepared it!

Sweetener options

There are a few options to sweeten your oats. You can add a few tbsp of your favorite granulated sweetener to the jar when you’re mixing everything up – I usually stick to coconut sugar or monk fruit. Monk fruit is a great sugar-free option.

You can also omit adding any sweetener to the jar and instead, mash in 1/2 banana after your oatmeal is all warmed up. This will also create creamier oats! Alternativey, you can also stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup before warming your oats.

Toppings ideas for your oat bowl

You can top your oats with banana (or even mash 1/2 banana into them), fresh berries or stewed berries, a drizzle of nut or seed butter, a dollop of coconut yogurt, or a sprinkle of granola! The possibilities are endless.

DIY instant oatmeal in a jar

Ingredients & substitutions

Oats: The most important part! You’ll want to use old fashion rolled oats (not quick oats!). I always look for certified organic oats and extra points if they’re sprouted. I personally solely use One Degree Organic sprouted oats because they test for Glysophate, which is incredibly important!

Protein Powder: This is actually optional, but I love adding protein powder because it gives the oats adde protein, but also another level of flavor and creaminess! Use your favorite flavor/brand or feel free to skip it! I love sunwarrior.

Healthy fats: I always add some nuts or seeds to the mix. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds are my personal favorite, but pecans are amazing too.

Fiber: Chia and flax seeds are incredibly nutritious and an easy way to boost the fiber content of your meals. Adding a few tbsp of one, or both, is an easy way to get those nutrients in!

Spices & flavoring: I use vanilla powder and cinnamon, but you could throw in any spices you like!

Dried fruit: This is totally optional, but I love adding some chopped dates or unsweetened raisins to my instant oatmeal mix for some chewy texture & sweetness!

other oatmeal recipes to try

Healthy pumpkin baked oatmeal

Healthy cinnamon roll baked oatmeal

Edible vegan cookie dough

Almond joy oatmeal cups

Cinnamon roll smoothie

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

This DIY instant oatmeal is so easy and simple to make and will save you lots of time (and money)! This is just a base recipe, so you can really add in anything you like or whatever you have on hand. Full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein to keep your blood sugar balanced and keep you satiated all morning long!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 1 kcal


  • 2 cups Organic old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup flax or chia seeds (or mix both)
  • 1/3 cup protein powder *Optional, see notes
  • 1/2 cup nuts and seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar or monk fruit *See notes for subs
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla powder *Optional


  • To make the mix, add everything to a jar. Shake it well to make sure it is evenly mixed. Place the lid on top and store in your pantry until ready to use.
  • When making a bowl, add 1/2 cup of the mix to a bowl. Pour over 3/4-1 cup water or milk of choice. Mix well. Then add to the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Let cool for a second. If you'd like, pour over a dash extra of cold milk and stir, to make it creamier.
  • Top with whatever you'd like or enjoy as is!


Sweetener options: You can omit the granulated sweetener in the recipe and mash in 1/2 banana after it’s heated or add in a tbsp of maple syrup before warming it up.
Keyword Baked Oatmeal, cinnamon, easy recipe, gluten free breakfast, Healthy Breakfast, meal prep, Vegan Breakfast

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy, yummy, yummy! I made this using all the things you suggested, and it is delicious! I can’t usually eat instant oatmeal without protein because it messes with my blood sugar, and I end up feeling shaky! So, I was very excited to find this recipe. Can’t wait to try some of the other recipes as well.

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