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. Cynthia Avatar

    I recently discovered your website and I’m enjoying trying out your recipes in an effort to be healthier. I love the taste of the roasted nuts in this oatmeal, but I find it really salty. I think I would leave out the salt altogether if I make this recipe again.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aren’t roasted nuts the best? Feel free to adjust salt in any of my recipes – it is all up to personal preference. Enjoy!!

  2. Sophia Avatar

    Smells delicious, but has too much salt. Otherwise I’m certain it much be wonderful. Guess I’ll be making a double batch and not add anymore salt. Next week for breakfast hopefully….

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Sophia: Please make it your own and skip the salt!! The great thing about making your own instant oatmeal is that you don’t have to have ingredients found in the packets (like sodium.) :-) Enjoy and please let me know how it turns out!!

  3. Gin Avatar

    My easiest breakfast (besides oatmeal) is homemade whole-grain toast and yogurt. I use plain yogurt and mix in fresh fruit, toasted walnuts, wheat germ, and a touch of honey and cinnamon!

  4. Joy Avatar

    I like making different varieties (strawberry banana, peach coconut, aplle cinnemon, etc) of refrigerated overnight oatmeal in cute little 8oz mason jars. It’s so easy for the kids to grab one and eat. I also enjoy them about 10 am at work for a late morning snack.

  5. Anna Avatar

    My fave on the go breakfast is a green smoothie, packed with veggies, fruits, protein and it delish and packs a healthy punch!

  6. Jennifer Avatar

    My own egg sandwich, it lasts longer on the way out the door than cold cereal.

  7. Linda Avatar

    I always love having grits with blueberries.

  8. Donna Avatar

    Greek yogurt and almonds

  9. Michelle Avatar

    my favorite busy morning breakfast is an egg white omelet full of yummy veggies!

  10. Neiddy Ruiz Avatar
    Neiddy Ruiz

    I really enjoy having yogurt, fresh fruit and a cup of orange juice for breakfast, that’s all I need to start my day

  11. Madeline Avatar

    I’ve been soaking my oatmeal the night before with a bit of rye flour and vinegar. Then I just add a banana and almond milk and cocoa powder in the morning. Very delicious!

  12. Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews Avatar
    Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews

    My favorite busy morning breakfast is oatmeal.

  13. Jessie Avatar

    Lately, I’m really into oranges. There’s nothing better than a quick orange when they’re in season.

  14. Amy Avatar

    My favorite quick breakfast is raw oatmeal and yogurt mixed together with a bit of whatever fruit i have in the fridge. I keep this in fridge overnite and in the morning it is delish!

  15. Kim Delfsma Avatar
    Kim Delfsma

    I eat plain oatmeal. But I made you homemade oatmeal recipe today and Imcan’t wait till morning to try it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!! We have been eating it all week. :-)

  16. Afton Collins Avatar
    Afton Collins

    whole grain Eggo waffles with MorningStar veggie sausage.

  17. Paula C. Avatar
    Paula C.

    A high fiber granola bar and a piece of fruit. It seems to hold me until lunch time.

  18. Kim Delfsma Avatar
    Kim Delfsma

    My healthy breakfast is oatmeal. i am making your recipe right now and can’t wait to try it!!

  19. Michele Avatar

    Your oatmeal recipe looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it this weekend. My favorite morning meal is yogurt and granola. Quick easy and good for you.

  20. Jeffrey Avatar

    I make old fashioned oats every morning and add a spoonful of ground flax, dried cranberries,, banana, walnuts and honey. I cook it for 3 minutes and it’s just right for me!

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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.