Homemade Instant Oatmeal in Ball® Storage Latch Jars

May 25, 2021

Homemade instant oatmeal is a quick, simple breakfast that the whole family can make and enjoy. One batch stashes perfectly in a large Ball® Storage Latch Jar

A large Ball Storage Latch Jar filled with homemade instant oats.

I am a Ball® Home Canning Ambassador and this post is sponsored by the makers of Ball® home canning products

I became an instant oat convert when my twins were newborns. My husband was back at work after 6 weeks of parental leave and I was on my own with two tiny, attention-hungry infants. In the mornings, I typically had about ten minutes to make myself breakfast after their morning feedings and diaper changes and before they’d need to go down for their morning nap (which they preferred to take on my body). 

It was just enough time boil a kettle, rip open a couple packets of instant oats, and make a big mug of black tea. If I was lucky, I’d also be able to slice an apple. I’d carry my speedy meal back to the couch, where I’d settle myself back into my giant breast feeding pillow, position the boys on either side and eat my meal while they nursed and then snoozed. 

Two empty, stacked smaller sized Ball Storage Latch Jars.

These days, my twins are nearly two, but I still depend on instant oats for quick morning meals. Instead of tearing open a packet, I mix up large batches using quick cooking oats, homemade oat flour, chia seeds, maple sugar, and cinnamon. It replicates the flavor of store bought maple cinnamon oats, but for far less money and less packaging too! 

I’ve taken to keeping my homemade instant oats in one of the new Ball® Storage Latch Jars. I use the large jar, which holds 9.9 cups. My batch makes just over 8 cups of oats, which means that this jar holds it all,  with room to spare for a scoop for easy portioning. These fab, stackable jars also come in a smaller version, which holds 4 cups. I’m currently using two of those to hold the raisins and sliced almonds that I put on top of my oats. With the tea kettle close by, it becomes a really handy one-stop breakfast bar. 

Blender container half filled with rolled oats on a blue background.

These oats are really easy to make. You start by putting 2 1/4 cups of rolled oats into the blender. Then you blend until they break down into flour. I don’t just use this trick for instant oats. I make oat flour all the time to use in quick breads and little cakes. It’s a great way to affordably and easily incorporate whole grains into your diet (this Maple Sweetened Banana Oat Cake is one such example!). 

Measured ingredients for homemade instant oats in five different containers, on a blue background.

Then you need about four cups of quick cooking oats. I typically buy these rather than trying to make them. If you’re not shopping in the bulk section, this is typically a whole grocery store canister of quick oats. 

In addition to the oats and oat flour, you need 3/4 cups chia seeds, 1/2 cup maple sugar (cane or brown sugar also works, you just won’t get the flavor of maple in the oats), and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. 

Quick oats, oat flour, maple sugar, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a large bowl, waiting to be stirred together to become homemade instant oats.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and use your largest whisk to combine. Of course, you can vary up the spices and sweetener level to satisfy your own taste preferences. I’ve also made this with vanilla powder and pumpkin pie spice, which are both quite delicious. 

Prepared homemade instant oats in a pale green bowl, topped with raisins and sliced almonds.

To make the oats, I portion a scant half cup of the instant oat mixture into a heatproof bowl and top it with a cup of boiling water. I put a sandwich plate on top of the bowl to trap the heat and set a timer for five minutes. When the time is up, the oats are ready to eat. I like to stir in a little milk and top my bowl with sliced almonds and raisins. Once the summer berries and stone fruit start, I’ll swap those in for the raisins. 

For those of you looking to use up your homemade preserves, you can always swirl in a spoonful or two of apple butter, strawberry jam, or a chunkier compote. It’s your bowl, so be creative! 

Ball Storage Latch Jars holding homemade instant oats, sliced almonds, and raisins in the pantry.

How would you use a set of these Ball® Storage Latch Jars? Would you stash your oats in them too? Or would they serve a different purpose in your kitchen? 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that is part of an ongoing partnership with the Fresh Preserving Division of Newell Brands. They have provided jars, equipment and monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions expressed remain my own.

4.72 from 14 votes

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

This homemade instant oatmeal is a quick, filling, and tasty way to make quick work of your morning meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Marisa McClellan


  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar cane or brown sugar are also fine
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Measure out the quick oats and place them in a large bowl.
  • Grind the rolled oats into flour in a blender container and add them to the quick oats.
  • Add the chia seeds, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Whisk to fully combine all the ingredients.
  • Place in a large storage jar or container, like the Ball® Latch Storage Jar.
  • To serve, place 1/2 cup of the oat mixture in a heatproof bowl. Pour 1 cup of boiling water on top.
  • Cover with a small plate and let the oats stand for five minutes.
  • When the time is up, serve with milk, dried fruit, and nuts.


If you prefer, you can also prepare these oats in the microwave. Use 1 cup of cold water for every 1/2 cup of oat mixture, and microwave on medium power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Let the oats stand for five minutes before serving.



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17 thoughts on "Homemade Instant Oatmeal in Ball® Storage Latch Jars"

  • You are my hero! I have been trying to eat better and, while I make your recipe overnight steel cut oats (from Local Mouthful) in the Instant Pot I don’t always have a batch prepared. So this is the perfect backup plan. Thanks for sharing some customization options, too. I think I’ll need to pick up a set of those jars to set up my own breakfast station!

  • This is perfect! My toddler eats instant maple oatmeal daily and this would save me some money. I would totally use these jars for the same thing. I’m still in tight morning breakfast time with our new baby. I’ve been a longtime traditionalist with a stovetop kettle but I’m REALLY considering an electric kettle at this point 😅

    1. I made the switch to an electric kettle about a little over ten years ago and haven’t looked back. It is so much faster and also feels safer (auto shut-off!).

  • Marissa, its so good to see you getting back into the swing of things! Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts in the winter; I microwave it for about 90 seconds and its perfect. I can’t wait to try your recipe! And I use Ball storage jars for just about everything – love that I can see everything, and its so neat looking. I even keep my jars on my counter because they look so good!

  • ~ Love your post! Practical, economical, portable … I can see so many uses for this great idea! And your photos are beautiful. I’ll make this soon. Thank you for sharing!

  • How essential are the chia seeds? Would I need to sub something else or can I just leave them out? My husband is allergic, but I would love to try this recipe!

    1. They help thicken, but they aren’t essential. You could either use some ground flax seeds in their place, or just increase the amount of oat flour.

  • I made this recipe a few weeks ago and it has become my standard breakfast. My only change was to eliminate the maple sugar since I prefer oatmeal without much sweetener. I add one teaspoon of dried date chunks when soaking the oatmeal and find that makes it sweet enough. I also add some small chunks of almonds for crunch.

    Thank you for solving my breakfast dilemma in such an elegant fashion.

    1. I’m delighted to hear that this recipe has become part of your breakfast routine! And I bet it’s delicious with dates!

  • This sounds wonderful!! I will give it a try!! Question on chia seeds why do you use them? Can I use crushed hemp seeds or something else I do use chia but was wondering why.
    Thank you
    I just found your web sight so I will be looking for more goodies as I do can tomatoes and make lots of pickles.

    1. I like the chia seeds because they help thicken the oatmeal quickly. You can certainly use some other seed, but they don’t have the same thickening action.

  • 5 stars
    I heard about this recipe on the podcast and had to make it, yummy!
    I do miss your podcast. Thanks for doing it as long as you did.