*When using powdered peanut butter, I add 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter per serving. I’ve tried protein powder in these packets, although it’s not my favorite way to use it. If you’d like to try, I’d recommend starting with no more than a half scoop.
Tip for little kids so they can help — mark a cup with a line for the water.
Another option is to add 2 teaspoons of powdered milk to the basic recipe for a little extra creaminess (I recently tested dried coconut milk for a non-dairy/vegan option, and it was quite good). Alternatively, I sometimes make these packets according to the microwave directions with milk instead of water. Milk ratchets up the creaminess, flavor, and nutrients. An in between option is to make with a little less water than needed and, once thickened, loosen with milk of choice. This is also a great way to cool the oatmeal, especially for kids who are more sensitive to the temperature level.
Make-ahead convenience: these bags may be made, tightly sealed, and stored for several months, depending on the shelf life of the ingredients used. May be stored in freezer to extend their life further.
To make oatmeal packets gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats.