4 Easy Oatmeal Packet Hacks To Make Office Breakfasts Restaurant Quality

Whether you grab them from your office kitchen or a private desk drawer stash, oatmeal packets are work breakfast (and hey, sometimes lunch) saviors. This fast and easy food is our go-to grab before a.m. meetings or during busy days when we barely have time to leave our chairs. It's an ideal multi-tasking nosh that, at bare minimum, only requires hot water or a microwave — plus, we can heat it up in anything from a mug to a Tupperware container. But just because quick oats are a reliable answer to workplace eating emergencies, doesn't mean that they need to be average when it comes to flavor.

All it takes to hack that uninspiring packet into a luxurious, gourmet bowl is three extra desk pantry or brought-from-home add-ins. Ahead we've crafted four easy-to-follow recipe formulas to fire up your office oatmeal routine. Craving a bacon, egg, and cheese? There's a hack for that. How about a PB&J? Once again, quick oats have your back. So, if you're looking to heat things up in your office kitchen, scroll ahead for our sweet and savory guide to revolutionizing instant oatmeal.

Bacon, Egg, & Oatmeal



Desk Pantry Ingredients
Oatmeal packet
Bacon jerky
Hot sauce
*Optional: olive oil, salt and pepper

Fresh From Home
Hardboiled eggs

Instructions
1. Cook your oatmeal according to packet instructions with preferred liquid (water or milk) and vessel (bowl, mug, or cup).

2. Once cooked, stir in desired amount of hot sauce and bits of bacon jerky while hot to flavor and coat the oats. Finish by topping with sliced hardboiled eggs, additional drizzles of hot sauce, optional olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Huy-Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, $2.97, available at Jet.
Chef's Cut Real Jerky Applewood Uncured Bacon Jerky, $8.75, available at Mouth.
Trader Joe's Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs, $2.69, available at Trader Joe's.

Peanut Banana & Jelly Oatmeal



Desk Pantry Ingredients
Oatmeal packet
Nut butter
Banana chips

Fresh From Home
Berry yogurt

Instructions
1. Cook your oatmeal according to packet instructions with preferred liquid (water or milk) and vessel (bowl, mug, or cup).

2. Once cooked, stir in desired amount of nut butter while hot to flavor and coat the oats. Finish by topping with a dollop of berry yogurt and a sprinkling of crushed banana chips.


Siggi's Mixed Berries Whole-Milk Yogurt, $1.59, available at Whole Foods.
Sunbest Banana Chips, $10.99, available at Jet.
Thrive Market Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter, $4.49, available at Thrive Market.

Spicy-Sweet Chickpea Oatmeal



Desk Pantry Ingredients
Oatmeal packet
Honey bear
Crispy chickpeas
Hot sauce
*Optional: olive oil, salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Cook your oatmeal according to packet instructions with preferred liquid (water or milk) and vessel (bowl, mug, or cup).

2. Once cooked, stir in desired mix of hot sauce and honey while hot to flavor and coat the oats. Finish by topping with a sprinkle of crispy chickpeas and a drizzle of optional olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.


Thrive Market Organic Honey Bear, $4.29, available at Thrive Market.
Cholula Original Hot Sauce, $2.69, available at Thrive Market.
Pulse Salted Crispy Chickpeas, $4.25, available at Mouth.

Coconut & Chia Oatmeal



Desk Pantry Ingredients
Oatmeal packet
Coconut oi
Chia seeds
Coconut chips

Instructions
1. Mix desired amount of chia seeds into your oatmeal before cooking according to packet instructions with preferred liquid (water or milk) and vessel (bowl, mug, or cup).

2. Once cooked, stir in desired amount of coconut oil while hot to flavor and coat the oats. Finish by topping with a hefty sprinkling of crushed coconut chips.

Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $7.58, available at Jet.
Dang Coconut Chips, $7.99, available at Amazon.
Thrive Market Organic Chia Seeds, $7.99, available at Thrive Market.
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