Last Updated on April 30, 2023 by Ellen Christian
This gluten free instant oatmeal packets recipe will help make your busy mornings just a little bit easier. Learn how to make instant oatmeal at home for pennies.
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Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal Packets Recipe
I admit that mornings are a challenge for me. The first thing in the morning, all I want is coffee and my computer – in that order. I try very hard to have at least two cups of coffee before the kids come down in the morning.
My husband knows better than to expect coherent thoughts from me before about 9 AM. The kids haven’t figured that one out yet. They come downstairs with questions like “Mom, where are my black pants?” and “Mom, can I have money for lunch?” and they expect me to actually answer them.
Not only do the kids expect me to answer their questions first thing in the morning, they expect to be fed. There is no way I’m dealing with a complicated breakfast at 6:30 AM but I want something relatively healthy to give them before they head out. That’s where this gluten free instant oatmeal packets recipe comes in.
Is this gluten free?
Since my daughter is gluten intolerant, I try to come up with gluten-free options when possible. One of the popular breakfast selections in our home is oatmeal – not just any oatmeal.
They want instant oatmeal. Thankfully, these gluten free instant oatmeal packets are a perfect answer.
Have you looked at the ingredients in traditional instant oatmeal? No way am I buying that so I decided it was time to learn how to make gluten free instant oatmeal myself.
Isn’t all oatmeal gluten-free?
Yes and no. Oats are certainly gluten-free. However, most oatmeal is processed in a plant that also processes rye, barley, and wheat.
And, that means cross-contamination can be an issue. If you are gluten intolerant, you need to make sure that the oatmeal you start with says gluten-free on the package.
Does instant oatmeal have gluten?
Again, oats are naturally gluten-free. But, there can be cross-contamination. And, if you are buying instant oatmeal packets with added fruits and sweeteners, there can easily be things in there that contain gluten. It’s much easier to just make your own.
Can instant oatmeal packets go bad?
Anything can go bad if it’s not stored properly. Plain oats should stay good for quite a while provided they are stored in an airtight container. However, once you have added sweeteners and fruit, they need to be refrigerated and used within two weeks. Make up a batch at one time that will last you a few weeks and you will be all set.
How to make gluten free oatmeal packets
Scroll to the end for a printable recipe. You will need small zipper baggies to store your oatmeal in. This makes breakfast time much easier. Just have the kids add the packet to a bowl and then add hot water.
What do you need to make gluten free instant oatmeal packets?
You will need a blender and ziplock bags. The key to having these packets be similar to the ones you buy in the store is to pulse the oats in the blender to break them down. That’s how they are cooked more quickly.
What else can I add?
You can add dried fruit like raisins and dried cranberries to your gluten free instant oatmeal packets. And, you can also add chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans. And, if you want to make it super healthy, add a few chia seeds or flax seeds to the blender while you’re making it.
- 1 (42 ounce) container quick-cooking oats, divided
- 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 1 ¼ cup powdered milk
- Sandwich bags or small containers for storing
- In a high-powered blender or food processor, make oat flour from 4 cups of the quick-cooking oats by pulsing until the oats are powdered.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, oat flour, salt, brown sugar, coffee creamer, and cinnamon.
- Scoop ½ cup portions into storage bags. Seal the bags well.
- To make oatmeal, add the contents of a packet to a bowl. Stir in about 1 cup of hot water. Oatmeal will thicken as it rests.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 4g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.