Easy Overnight Oats With Instant Oatmeal Packets Recipe 350 Cals
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This recipe was originally published April 22, 2022 and was updated March 8, 2023.
Have a box of instant oatmeal packets in your kitchen pantry? Here’s an easy breakfast idea for you!
Overnight Oats With Instant Oatmeal Packets can be used to make an easy, healthy, plant-based breakfast, especially for a child who doesn’t like plain instant oatmeal.
5 Mins Prep | 3+ Hrs Fridge | Serves 1
NUTRITION PER SERVING:
350 CALORIES, 11G PROTEIN, 25G NET CARBS, 21G FAT, 10G FIBER, 4G SUGAR
What You'll Need
- Individual Instant Oatmeal Packet (what I used for this recipe)
- Liquid Of Choice – I used filtered water
- Chia Seeds (optional)
- Small Mason Jar With Airtight Lid
- Toppings Of Your Choice
- Place the individual oats packet into your small mason jar.
- Add your liquid slowly until you completely cover the dry oats, then add just a splash more to give your oats (and chia seeds) room to plump up.
- Put on the lid and then give the oats and liquid of choice a good shake.
- Open the lid. Add chia seeds if you want. Close the lid. Repeat the shake, shake.
- Once your 2-3 ingredients are thoroughly mixed, place the jar into your fridge.
- Allow to soak a minimum of 3 hours to max 3 days.
- Remove the lid when you’re ready to eat your oats, and just add your toppings of choice right on top!
How To Use Instant Oatmeal Packets For Overnight Oats
I keep it super simple over here and use just three ingredients for this overnight oats recipe; Room temperature filtered water from my beloved Berkey, the packet of instant oatmeal and chia seeds (my favorite).
Using a small glass mason jar with a lid, combine your oats with whatever liquid you choose, shake. Add chia seeds and shake again. Simple enough and gets the job done!
I love letting the oats and chia seed mix soak for at least 10 hours, but they can last up to 3 days, maybe longer.
I did give “less time to plump” a test and found I liked the oats soaked at just 3 hours, as well.
More than 3 days? You’ll have to test this out for yourself. They never ever last longer than 3 days in my home because we eat them fast!
FAQ: Is Instant Oatmeal Plant-Based?
Yes, my friend! Instant Oatmeal is a fantastic plant-based food option. Even the instant oatmeal packets.
You can find individual sized oatmeal packets everywhere and they range from super healthy ingredients, to not so healthy ingredients.
If you want to try overnight oats with instant oatmeal packets and have a little bit of a sweet tooth, give the low sugar instant oatmeal a try!
It was really delicious! And it’s so easy! I like to keep things simple over here, as a mama of four cute humans.
FAQ: Can You Make Overnight Oats With Instant Oatmeal Packets?
Yes, yes, YES! I found this out first hand the day I ran out of my usual go-to quick cook oats.
I was excited to break my intermittent fast that very next day with an incredibly delicious and healthy breakfast, until I realized I had used the last of my container a few days prior and forgot to add oats to my grocery list. Oops!
Scouring my kitchen pantry cabinet, I quickly found a single instant oatmeal packet and thought, ya know, it won’t hurt to give this a try. I am SO happy I did.
Not only can you use instant oatmeal packets to make overnight oats, but it’s incredibly delicious.
FAQ: What Toppings Should I Use For Overnight Oats With Instant Oatmeal Packets?
Really, any topping will go well. In this specific recipe, because I used a lower sugar Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal Packet, I kept my toppings simple.
I used Mixed Nuts, Pistachio Almonds And Walnuts. It was SO delicious!
Here Are Some More Great Topping Ideas For Overnight Oats With Instant Oatmeal Packets
- Strawberry and Almond
- Blueberry And Banana
- Blueberry And Honey
- Strawberry And Cacao Chunks
- Cacao Nibs
- Walnuts And Banana
- Banana And Pistachio
FAQ: Do You put fruit in overnight oats before or after?
Personally, I do not like adding ANY topping to the mason jar, before the oats soak.
I find two things to be true.
One, fruit and other toppings tend to get soggy if added to the jar and stored in the fridge overnight.
And two, I personally change my mind a lot. I like being able to add toppings based on my current mood. This ensures they are fresh toppings, too.
Technically, YES, you can put fruit in overnight oats before. I say try both and see which you prefer.
FAQ: Can you add toppings to the mason jar and grab and go the entire thing in the morning?
YES. If I was eating my overnight oats on the go, I’d take a couple minutes to prep toppings after the oats have soaked overnight.
My go-to for toppings is a handful of berries and nuts. I’ll grab my little mason jar of oats from the fridge, toss the toppings into the jar (without mixing them up) and reseal until I am ready to eat them.