Instant Oatmeal Jars

Instant Oatmeal Jars

One of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts are homemade instant oatmeal jars.  Not only are they economical, but they are quick, completely portable and so, so simple to make!  I throw one of these in my work bag in the morning, fill with water from our hot water dispenser at the office and wa-la!  Instant oatmeal over Excel spreadsheets!

These stars of the morning rush are also super versatile and can be made in a plethora of  combinations–your imagination is the limit! (Just be sure to use dry ingredients that will re-hydrate easily.) You can also make them in any heat-safe container you have, so don’t think you have to have a mason jar to make this. A heat-safe, BPA-free plastic container or even a leftover condiment jar would work just as well!

The Flavor Possibilities are Endless!

Since apples are in season, and the dehydrator has been running on full all week, dried apples and apple pie spice are the inspiration for this specific oatmeal recipe. However, the combinations for these instant oatmeal jars are limitless. Mix and match your favorite flavors with a little powdered milk and oats for favorites like:

  • Dried Cranberries and Apples
  • Apples, Walnuts, and Brown Sugar
  • Raisins and Brown Sugar
  • Dried Banana and Raisins
  • Apple and Brown Sugar

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How to Make Instant Oatmeal–Meal Prepping Instant Oatmeal Jars

While this recipe is for one jar of instant oatmeal, I tend to make several of these up at once for several days of to-go breakfasts. All you need is:

  • Your pint-sized containers and lids
  • A Canning Funnel
  • Bulk Quick Oats
  • Powdered Milk
  • Bulk Dried Fruits
  • Sugar
  • Spices

Gluten Free Options

If you are eating gluten free, quick oats are naturally gluten free. However, they occasionally pick up gluten when stored with other gluten containing grains during shipping and manufacturing. This article from Bob’s Red Mill does a great job explaining the issue. In the end, to ensure you have gluten free oats, make sure to check the label to see if it is marked gluten free.

Also, another sneaky gluten trap can be the powdered milk. Make sure your powdered milk is marked gluten free as some brands can have gluten hidden in any preservatives they may use.

Another Great Breakfast Recipe

If you liked this recipe, check out a weekend breakfast favorite: Perfect Eggs Benedict!

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Apple Pie Instant Oatmeal Jar with dried apples next to it

Apple Pie Oatmeal Jars

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

An instant on-the-go breakfast all on your terms!


  • 1/2 C Quick Oats
  • 1 T Powdered Milk
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • 1 t. Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 C Dried Apples
  • 1/2 to 1 C. Hot Water


  1. Using a canning funnel, layer the ingredients in the jars starting with the oatmeal, then milk, brown sugar, apple pie spice and top with the dried apples.
  2. Put a lid on the jar and store until you are ready to use it!
  3. When you are ready to use it, pour in 1/2-1 C Hot water (enough to cover the apples)
  4. Stir
  5. Recover with lid.
  6. Let the oatmeal sit 2-3 minutes or until everything has re-hydrated.
  7. Uncover and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 5gSugar: 38gProtein: 6g
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