Emergency Storage Cooking, Camping, Grocery Inflation Busters: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets (Strawberries and Cream, Blueberries and Cream, Peaches and Cream, Brown Sugar, Apple and more)

(I do tend to use both spellings of Strawberries and Cream and Strawberries and Creme interchangeably so just go with it... LOL).  

I've mentioned emergency food storage on An American Housewife ever since I started this particular site back in 2006.  This recipe uses one of the most popular food storage items (right up there with apple slices)... freeze dried berries.   When I received a can of freeze dried strawberries from Nutristore I knew exactly what would be made first with them; my homemade strawberries and cream instant oatmeal. 

I make ours 'sugar free' using natural sweeteners like monk fruit and erythritol, but I know the average family probably will use granulated sugar or powdered sugar in these instant oatmeal recipes.  And that's totally fine!  As a matter of fact, if you are finding this recipe due to search specifically for 'food storage' recipes, you are most likely to have regular sugar and powdered sugar on hand (moreso than monk fruit, etc) so this recipe is for everyone.


Taste test and make according to your family's particular tastes. The amount of sweetener you use is totally dependent on your own tastes.  I'd say start with 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 c to the full 10 cups of oats, but the average sweetener will be around 2 cups per 10 cups oats.

When one of my daughters went away to college, this is the mix she always requested me to bring, or she would take a batch back with her after a visit.  This version was her favorite and she had it on hand in her dorm room, where she could mix it up quickly in the mornings before class and enjoy a hot breakfast in about 2 minutes.


7 cups of instant or 'quick' oats left whole
3 cups more of instant oats you've ran through the blender and pulsed a few times to powder them
2 cups (approximate) natural sweeteners of choice; if using sugar, start with 1 1/2 cups and taste test
1 cup non-dairy dry creamer (for 0 sugar) or non-fat dry milk (which does have sugar grams)
1 cup non-dairy vanilla flavored creamer powder
2 cups (approximate) freeze-dried strawberry slices
2 t salt

Mix in a large bowl.  Keep in a large airtight container or put into individual baggies, mylar or however you wish to store.  Use like any regular instant oatmeal mix - about 1/2 cup mix to a cup water and microwave for a minute until thick.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon -  change the 1 1/2 cups sugar or sweetener (above) to brown sugar or a natural brown sweetener, use all regular non-dairy creamer instead of vanilla, and add 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Apples & Cinnamon - change the sugar to brown sugar and add about 2 cups of dried or freeze dried apples, broken or chopped in pieces, regular non-dairly creamer instead of vanilla, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Strawberries & Creme - Above.  (NutriStore brand strawberries available through Amazon LINK)

Blueberries & Creme - use the recipe above but instead of strawberries, use 1 - 1 1/2 cups dried or freeze dried blueberries

Peaches & Creme - use the vanilla flavored creamer powder above, but use 2 cups dried or freeze dried peach slices, broken or chopped in pieces instead of strawberries. (You may or may not want to add a little more or less sweetener - taste test).  You could also add a bit of cinnamon to this one if you wish.







 Oatmeal, strawberries, non-dairy creamer and sweetener with a bit of salt to enhance the flavors. 


I made a quick little label on computer and taped it to the side of a repurposed plastic container our daughter could use in her dorm room at college.


You can put your mix into plastic baggies, but we keep our mixes in repurposed #10 metal cans or plastic containers.  You can also mix this up and put it into mylar bags with an oxygen absorber for longer term storage!



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