Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time12 minutes

Make your own homemade instant oatmeal mix! This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit, and spices.

Spoonful of make your own homemade instant oatmeal mix.

If you know me, you know I love oatmeal for breakfast. And while I love the convenience of instant oatmeal, store bought can contain a lot of preservatives, hidden ingredients, and processed sugar that decrease the nutritional value. That’s why I love to keep the convenience without skipping the nutrition by making my own homemade instant oatmeal mix. I’ll be sharing my favorite way to make it, but this method can be an outline you follow and make your own!


Ingredients for homemade instant oatmeal
  • Oats: We like to use old fashioned oats, but you can use quick oats as well.
  • Chopped nuts: Use your favorite, I typically use a mix of walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
  • Dried fruit: Again, use your favorite mix, I use raisins, dried mango, or dried apricots.
  • Brown sugar: Adds a wonderful richer sweetness to the finished oatmeal.
  • Warm spices: I love the warm, more savory flavor that nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves give to the oatmeal.
  • Flaxseed: Flaxseed meal doesn’t add anything in flavor, but is a packed with nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids.

how to Make your own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

Chopping nuts

Start your homemade instant oatmeal by chopping your mixed nuts. For added flavor, toss them in the oven and toast them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Cutting up fruit into a bowl

Then prepare your dried fruit and toss it in a large bowl with your oats.

Adding brown sugar to oatmeal

Next add the brown sugar.

Adding flaxseed to bowl

Followed by the flaxseed meal.

Adding spices to bowl

Then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, along with a pinch of salt.

Stirring dry oatmeal ingredients

Stir everything together until your oatmeal mix is evenly combined.

Make your own homemade instant oatmeal.

To prepare your oatmeal, mix a cup of the dried mix with 1/2 cup of either milk or water, and microwave for about 90 seconds. Then serve, and enjoy your homemade instant oatmeal mix!

Easy Substitutions

  • Switch up the fruit. Apricots, cranberries, cherries, dates, figs… go crazy with your dried-fruit-loving self. You could also add fresh fruit before serving, like blueberries or strawberries.
  • Sweeten it differently. Instead of brown sugar, use honey or maple syrup. Like it sweeter? Try adding in chocolate chips.

Frequently asked questions

Which is the healthiest oatmeal?

All kinds of oats are actually similar in nutritional value, they just take different amounts of time to cook. Steel cut oats usually take the longest, and

Can you eat oatmeal everyday?

Yes you can! It’s high fiber and probiotic content make it a great breakfast choice.

How long does homemade instant oatmeal keep?

Kept in an airtight container at room temperature, the mix will keep for up to 3 weeks.

Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal 3 cups

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On busy school mornings, with my homemade instant oatmeal mix prepped in advance, I can have breakfast on the table in 90 seconds. My kids have a hearty breakfast that will keep them full until lunch, and your can, too.

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Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal

Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

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This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit and spices.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 2 minutes
TOTAL: 12 minutes

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  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread chopped nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  • Roast nuts for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients including toasted nuts. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks.
  • To serve: scoop out 1 cup of the oatmeal mixture and place it in a bowl with 1/2 cup water or milk. Microwave for 90 seconds or until liquid is absorbed.


1/2 cup of liquid is used to cook oatmeal but feel free to add more or less to reach desired oatmeal consistency. 90 seconds will cook the oatmeal but if you prefer a more mushy oatmeal, feel free to cook longer. I like it a little on the chewy side!
We like using old fashioned oats for added texture but you can also use quick cooking. Just note that it will cook faster and be a bit on the mushier side.


Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 444mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 3mg

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113 responses to “Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix”

  1. Susan Avatar

    I eat oatmeal daily. I usually eat it plain, but I love yhese ideas:-) You are amazing Liz!

  2. Shannon Morris Avatar
    Shannon Morris

    I love French toast bake

  3. Sarah Beth Avatar
    Sarah Beth

    This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! And I love oatmeal for breakfast, or yogurt with granola. :)

  4. Becky Avatar

    I like to make a big batch of healthy pancakes and freeze them for later. I just pop them in the toaster and they’re good to go!

  5. Trisha Avatar

    My favorite healthy morning breakfast is a banana smoothie!

  6. Evelyn R Avatar
    Evelyn R

    Smoothies are fast and easy

  7. Mami2jcn Avatar

    Yogurt and fruit is my favorite quick breakfast on the go.

  8. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray Avatar
    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    Smoothies for sure!

  9. Jennifer Avatar

    My healthy breakfast go to is a made ahead healthy frozen burrito, egg one.

  10. Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? Avatar
    Heather @ What Does She Do All Day?

    I love smoothies for a quick breakfast. I toss in frozen fruit, greek yogurt and some spinach. Yum!

  11. Dianne Neu Avatar
    Dianne Neu

    My go-to healthy breakfast is oatmeal with fresh blueberries, sliced banana and chopped nuts. Love your blog!

  12. Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic Avatar
    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic

    We go through a lot of oats in this house, so I’m loving the idea of getting it together so the boys can make it themselves.

  13. Paula Thomas Avatar
    Paula Thomas

    Quick breakfast for me is a toasted brown rice cake topped with almond butter or other nut butter.

  14. Vicki Sacharski Avatar
    Vicki Sacharski

    My favorite breakfast on the run is a hard boiled egg, banana, and a cheese stick (low fat, of course). All finger foods I can eat in the car or at my desk.

  15. John LaFontsee Avatar
    John LaFontsee

    My favorite quick breakfast is , oatmeal with sliced bananas and strawberries and a dash of cinnamon

  16. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
    Liz DellaCroce

    Thank you so much Megan!! So glad you found me!!

  17. Ray Sierengowski Avatar
    Ray Sierengowski

    Nothing says really quick and healthy, and straight to your bloodstream like fresh juice. My go to breakfast is one carrot, one cucumber, handful of spinach, bunch of kale, an apple for the whole ‘keeping the doctor away’, and last but not least, a two inch piece of fresh ginger. Juice in about 60 seconds and you are in the car off to work. I like keeping fresh ingredients around so the kids can juice in the morning too. It’s become a family ritual.

  18. Megan Avatar

    My favorite healthy & quick go to breakfast is egg”muffins.” Super simple: mix one dozen eggs with diced veggies & a meat of your choice (pre-cooked). Divide into 12-14 muffin tins (lined or greased) & bake for 10-12 minutes on 350. Keep them in the fridge & reheat in the microwave!

  19. SandyN Avatar

    Gotta have healthy oatmeal almost every morning!! If not oatmeal, then whole grain toast with peanut butter and a banana. (P.S. Love your blog!!!)

  20. Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) Avatar
    Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)

    I try to keep whole wheat, low fat muffins around to eat for a quick breakfast. Boiled eggs are another favorite.

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.