When I first transitioned to eating gluten free I was shocked at the price of one my previously cheap breakfast staples- instant oatmeal! I think I went from paying around $1.00 to $1.50 per box to paying around $3.00 to $4.25 per box. I never thought about making my own instant oatmeal packets until I saw it on The Frugal Girls- Heidi is always coming up with creative ways to save, love her site! It is a great money and time saving idea.
I paid $6.15 at my local health food store for a 32 oz bag of GF Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats. There are approximately 20 servings per bag. That is about $0.31 per serving/ “packet of oatmeal”. On average the pre-boxed variety is going to be about $0.58 to about $0.65 per packet. That is a huge savings!
You will need:
- Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal (Available at stores and on Amazon here- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats, 32-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4))
- Airtight storage container, or plastic bag. A reusable container will reduce waste and your cost.
- Toppings/add-ins of your choice! Dry toppings can be added when making these up, some of my favorites are brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits like strawberries, bananas, blueberries, gluten free granola,sesame seeds. For those who like the creamy varieties most people use powder coffee creamer. These are all optional if you love plain oatmeal, leave it plain!
Instructions: To make the packets add 1/2 cup gluten free oats into chosen container. You can label with directions for cooking if making for others,for the oats I used you simply add one cup of water and microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. I just labeled the ingredients, I used a free printable label found here. In the picture below I had some dried fruit in there and added some fresh blueberries. Love how simple this is!
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