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DIY Homemade Instant Oatmeal In A Jar Recipes

by Jeanette on February 10, 2014 · 14 Comments
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These DIY Homemade Instant Oatmeal In A Jar Recipes make breakfast a no-brainer. The combinations and possibilities are endless and make for a delicious and healthy way to start the day.
DIY Instant Oatmeal in a Jar
This past week, I’ve been playing around with different oatmeal combinations at breakfast time to mix things up. There are so many different combinations you can come up with and making DIY Homemade Instant Oatmeal In A Jar is a great way to pick and choose your favorites.

DIY Instant Oatmeal Jars with Mix Ins

The best thing about making your own Instant Oatmeal mixes is that you can choose the very best ingredients – organic quick cooking oats, unsweetened unsulphured organic dried fruits, raw or roasted nuts – and add extra mix-ins as you please. Chia seeds and ground flax seeds add extra fiber and protein, and almond butter or sunflower butter add healthy fats and protein. Sweeteners are optional, and you have your choice here too, whether it’s maple syrup, honey, or organic jam.

DIY Instant Oatmeal Jars with Mix In Ingredients

One serving of oatmeal is 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup dried and has 100-150 calories. When I add in chia seeds or flax seeds, I use 1/3 cup oatmeal; otherwise, I use 1/2 cup. Depending on what your caloric target is for breakfast, choose your ingredients wisely.

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I’ve put together this chart of Oatmeal Add-Ins with calories so you can get an idea of what you’re eating when you choose different mix-ins. I’ve assumed one tablespoon of these ingredients (except the milk products) for the caloric count. All the fruits, nut butters and milks in this chart are unsweetened.

DIY Oatmeal Calorie Chart  © Jeanette's Healthy Living

So, for example, a Blueberry Chia Almond Oatmeal mix of 1/3 cup oats, 1 tablespoon each of chia seeds, sliced almonds and dried blueberries is 290 calories. This particular combination has 11 grams of fiber, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of protein, and 25% of your iron daily value and 15% of your calcium daily value. If you serve it with sweeteners and milk, you need to add on the additional calories in the above chart. Spices have nominal calories, so feel free to sprinkle in as much as you like.

DIY Homemade Blueberry Almond Chia OatmealBlueberry Chia Almond Oatmeal Nutrition

You can assemble a bunch of oatmeal jars for the week and bring them to work. Just add 3/4 cup of water and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes (the jar gets super hot, so be sure to use potholders when you remove the jar from the microwave). Of course, you can also make this on the stovetop.

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The possibilities are endless! Line up your jars and start creating your favorite combinations for your own DIY Homemade Instant Oatmeal.

DIY Instant Oatmeal Jars with Mix Ins

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DIY Homemade Instant Blueberry Almond Chia Oatmeal
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Make a set of DIY Homemade Oatmeal Jars for a week at a time and switch up the fruit, nut, seed and spice combinations.
Serves: 1
  • ⅓ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon dried blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • a sprinkling of cinnamon
  1. Spoon all ingredients into a jar and cover. When ready to serve, add ¾ cup water and microwave for 2 minutes (use potholders to remove as the jar gets very hot) or cook on stovetop for 2-3 minutes.

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  1. I love all these different oatmeal combinations Jeanette :) I have a bowl of oatmeal every morning (lately even for dinner) and I love all these great variations! Your mix-in chart looks fantastic and so helpful too, I can’t wait to give some of these a try :) Pinning :)

  2. Wow! I just love this Jeanette! Every jar looks so tasty and I love your chart too. I am getting very hungry looking at this :-)

    • Thanks EA – we’ve been having fun trying the different variations. It’s been so cold this winter, these have been perfect for warming us up in the morning.

  3. Great ideas for mix-ins and I really love your chart! Pinned it :)

  4. Great line up of granolas – all delicious – couldn’t think of a better way to start the day:)
    Mary x

  5. Fun idea. I’m not an oatmeal person, but I think my grandkids would have a good time with this.

  6. I could never resist oatmeal!! What a great idea even for gifting, Jeanette :)

  7. Great idea for oatmeal. It would have to be cheaper than the prepackaged stuff. Saving money while getting an upgrade is always nice.

  8. Your post/instruction is SO thorough! I love that calorie chart and I was quite surprised that what I like actually gets more calorie. =P

    • Thanks Nami – I had fun putting the calorie chart together and was also surprised by how quickly the calories add up 😉

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