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The Creamiest DIY Instant Oatmeal

The creamiest DIY instant oatmeal is an easy, healthy, and waste-free way to fix up a wholesome breakfast on the go. Very customizable!
Course Basics, Breakfast
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 5 ingredients, all seasons, cinnamon, coconut milk powder, maple syrup, oats, vanilla
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 6


DIY Instant Oatmeal Mix

  • 3 cups rolled oats (certified GF if necessary) divided
  • cup coconut milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Optional Add-Ins

  • chopped dried fruit
  • chopped nuts or seeds
  • granulated sweetener of choice
  • ground spices like cardamom, nutmeg or ginger
  • maple syrup, for topping


  • In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 ½ cups of the oats. Pulse the oats until you have a coarse meal. Some of the oats with have ground as fine as flour. Transfer the ground oats to a large bowl.
  • To the ground oats, add the remaining rolled oats, coconut milk powder, cinnamon, vanilla powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Using a ½ cup measure, portion the dry oatmeal mix out into 6 jars/other reusable containers.
  • To prepare, add ½ cup - ¾ cup boiling water (see headnote) to dry oatmeal mix. Stir to combine and then cover with the jar lid or a small plate to “cook.” Wait 2 minutes. Once the time is up, stir the creamiest DIY instant oatmeal once more. Top with nut butter, fruit, maple syrup, and anything else you like. Enjoy immediately.


  • I found that the amount of water needed to prepare the oatmeal changed depending on what kind of vessel I was using. In a wide bowl, I used about ½ cup. In a taller jar, I went with ¾ cup. Also, everyone likes a slightly different texture with oatmeal. Start with ½ cup and go from there!
  • There is no substitute for coconut milk powder in this recipe! You can find it through Thrive Market. For my Canadians, I’ve purchased it at Bulk Barn before and you can also get it through Natura Market online.
  • I love vanilla powder for smoothies, adding beautiful little flecks to baked goods, elixir-style drinks, and (obviously) in this oatmeal! This wonderful ingredient can be found online.
  • I still like to sweeten my oatmeal with maple syrup once it’s prepared, but you could certainly add a spoonful of coconut palm sugar (or whatever dry sweetener you like) to each serving of the mix.
  • I tend to like a bit of chew with my oats and find that 2 minutes is just right, but if you like yours completely soft, I'd allow more time.