Apple cinnamon oatmeal packets

A bowl of oatmeal topped with sliced apples
Recipe credit

Adapted from J. Temple’s Food, Fun and Fitness Newsletter

About this recipe

Serving size
1 packet
Time to make
5 minutes preparation; 2 minutes cook time


  • 1/2 cup quick oats oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried apples, chopped
  • 1 cup water


  1. If desired, mix all ingredients into a “packet” to heat and eat later. (See “Tips and Variations” for suggested containers.)

    To heat:
  2. Pour contents into a large bowl* and add water.
  3. Do not cover and microwave on high for 1 1/2-2 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh, chopped apples, if desired.

*Use a 4-cup bowl or the oatmeal will overflow when cooking. Or use only 1/2 of the mix and 1/2 cup water in a smaller bowl.

Tips and variations

  • Instead of adding the sugar, cinnamon, and apples, try these variations:
    • Cinnamon Raisin — Add 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1–2 tablespoons raisins.
    • Cinnamon-Spice — Add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.
    • Cocoa — Add 1 teaspoon baking cocoa and 1 teaspoon sugar, or 2 teaspoons “quick-type” chocolate drink powder.
    • Sweetened — Add 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 teaspoon brown sugar.
  • Pre-mix your oatmeal for future use. Assemble your packets in small zipper-style plastic bags or a reusable jar. Or try making a larger batch of each variation and scoop out 1/2 cup as needed.
  • Have children make these packets to give as gifts. Have them make labels for the packets.

Nutritional info

Total fat
2.8 g
Saturated fat
0.45 g
0 mg
59 mg
Total carbohydrates
43 g
Dietary fiber
4.8 g
5.9 g
Total sugar
13 g