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DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups are an easy make ahead breakfasts that are easily customizable. Making it ahead yourself will save you money and time.

Jamie and I went to the Everything Food Conference back in May. It is a conference for food bloggers.  We had a great time and learned a ton. We also got to eat a lot of great food.Most of the food was amazing gourmet. But one of the things that stood out to me was regular ole instant oatmeal cups.

Little did I know but those instant oatmeal cups would be a God send. That conference was right in the middle of being crazy busy with my day job.  I am a Realtor along with being a blogger. This year real estate was crazy buys for me. While that was good for the pocket book, it was not good for my personal life. I rarely made dinner. Often I was too tired to do it and sometimes I was still working. So those oatmeal cups made for a quick breakfast and sometimes dinner.

But those oatmeal cups are not cheap.  In fact a lot of the food we ate was not cheap. Our grocery budget took a hit. I am just now trying to get back on track. But I still want my oatmeal cups. So I set out to figure out how to make them myself.  And it wasn’t hard.  I figured out the cost of the DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups: $0.36!!! Umm, that’s like $2 less per cup. I can find 36 cents in the dryer.

The hardest part for me was finding freeze dried fruit. I stumbled upon Thrive Market and they have all the freeze dried fruit I could want and their prices are better than Amazon.

I made apple and brown sugar, but there are so many different options.  Raspberries and chocolate chips, bananas and chocolate chips, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and granulate sugar, or what ever your favorite combination is.

You can also make them ahead of time. Add ingredients without the water, put the lid on and store for up to 2 weeks for freshest flavor. This serving size is for adults. I recommend halving the recipe for kids and using a half pint jar.

Yield: 1 person

Instant Oatmeal Cups

Instant Oatmeal Cups


  • 1/2 cup instant (quick) oatmeal
  • 1 tsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cubed freeze dried apples
  • 6 oz hot water


  1. In a pint canning jar, add all the ingredients except the hot water and shake to mix.
  2. Add hot water, put the lid on and allow to sit for 3 minutes.
  3. Enjoy

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