Instant Oatmeal Packets

Skip the pre-made and small packets of instant oatmeal, and make your own breakfast backpacking recipe for them. You can customize them as you want: Plain? Vegan? Gluten-free? Easy to do!

Instant Oatmeal Packets


¼ cup quick cooking oats
1 Tbsp powdered old fashioned oats*
1 Tbsp dry milk, soy, rice, or coconut milk powder
1/8 tsp fine sea salt


*Put ½ cup old-fashioned oats at a time in a blender or mini food processor, and blend on high until broken apart and somewhat powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure if you are making a bigger batch. Add the ingredient list to each 4-ounce mason jar, for long-term storage, or a zip top snack bag/or pint freezer bag, seal well.

One Pot Method:
Bring ¾ cup water to a boil in a pot, take off the heat and add in the dry ingredients. Stir well, cover tightly and let sit for a couple minutes.

FBC Method:

Bring ¾ cup water to a boil, place pint freezer bag in a cozy, add in hot water, stir well. Seal tightly, let sit insulated for 5 to 10 minutes.

Variations, add to base mix:
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Tbsp sugar, ¼ tsp cinnamon and 2 Tbsp diced dried apples

Sweetened Oatmeal
1 Tbsp sugar

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 Tbsp brown sugar and ¼ tsp cinnamon

Raisins & Brown Sugar Oatmeal
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp raisins

Hippy Oatmeal
1 Tbsp wheat germ and 1 Tbsp diced toasted pecans

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal
1 Tbsp full fat dry milk and 2 Tbsp diced dried peaches

Confetti Oatmeal
1 tsp decorative cake/cookie sprinkles

S’Mores Oatmeal
Miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp chocolate chips

Cookies & Cream Oatmeal
1 crushed chocolate stuffed cookie and 1 Tbsp full fat dry milk