Instant Oatmeal Granola

Do you have kids that are picky eaters, similar to the ones I have? Well, I have to admit that my kids are getting much better about making decisions when eating, as well as exploring newer options. For example, one kid is totally into raw, and cooked onions at this stage in his life. I’m down with that. Not too long ago my daughter was into exploring other breakfast options, and that’s when I saw a box of instant oatmeal in my pantry. Strawberries and cream to be precise. Let’s just say that was short lived, as after only a couple of packets, she had no interest. AT ALL. That left me with the rest of the box of packets just sitting there. That’s when the idea sparked. How about making instant oatmeal granola?

Instant Oatmeal Granola

At first I thought this may result in a less crunchy granola, and one that might be a bit dry and dusty, but that was simply not the case, and furthermore, my kids loved it!

Let’s get started.


  • 5 packages of instant oatmeal, sifted (I used Strawberries and Cream)
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

Next, add everything to a mixing bowl, with the exception of the powder that gets sifted from the instant oatmeal.

Mix well to incorporate the sugars, oil, and molasses.

Place this onto a lined baking sheet, spreading it evenly out on the sheet.

How to make instant oatmeal granola

Place the tray into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring about 20 minutes into baking. Cook until the granola is nice and crunchy, then remove and let it cool.

What was awesome about this instant oatmeal granola is that I was able to use up something that my kids probably would have let go to waste, and not only that, but those strawberries in the instant oatmeal really made this granola shine. No joke on that front either. And you know what, my daughter who no longer wanted to eat that oatmeal was shoving fistfuls of this stuff into her mouth as an after school snack!

So if you have packets of instant oatmeal left, give this a shot, just remember to do a quick sift, and you should be all good to go! Hope you enjoy!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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