How To Make Oatmeal

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Learn how to make a simple and delicious bowl of wholesome oatmeal in under 10 minutes! With just 3 main ingredients, you can make this beloved healthy breakfast staple day after day. WE sure DO! 

two bowls of oatmeal with fruit toppings

EASY OATMEAL RECIPE

A creamy bowl of oatmeal is my go-to breakfast about two times a week. I love the taste, the texture, all the variety of mix-ins, and it keeps me full for hours. 

Besides all of that, though, Oats are also a healthy grain, they are gluten free, and a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Numerous studies show that oatmeal has many health benefits, including weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease. I’ll take it!

homemade oatmeal topped with berries, bananas, nuts, and raisins

Recently I was at a friend’s house and her son asked for a bowl of Oatmeal. To my surprise, she whipped out a packet, popped it in a bowl and into the microwave it went. BUT, I can’t judge – not everyone likes to cook. HOWEVER, I did ask if she ever tried making her own Oatmeal. 😆 

Her answer was, “WHO has time for that?!”. I said, “girl, it takes 5 minutes”… to which she said, “yeah, right!!”.

So, to cut to the chase, this is WHY I decided to write a post about HOW TO MAKE OATMEAL. At home. On the stovetop. In five-ish minutes. 😃 Throw away those packets, m’kay?

cooking oats and milk in a saucepan

HOW TO MAKE OATMEAL

Making delicious oatmeal doesn’t take a lot; you need a saucepan, rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats!), milk, and water. Cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg, also help. Honey, sugar, or Maple syrup, too. 

  1. Grab a 2-quart saucepan and add in a cup of rolled oats, a cup of milk, a cup of water, and a bit of salt; bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until thickened. Make sure to stir it around frequently so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of your pan. 
  3. Remove from heat; transfer to bowls and serve. That’s it. That is all there is to it.

boiling oats

But now comes my favorite part; the toppings! 🙌 Oatmeal is like a blank canvas waiting for its pop of color. 

  • First, I add a drizzle of honey.
  • Then, I add berries, bananas, nuts, chocolate chips, and whatever else I can find in my pantry. Most mornings I’m too frantic to get everyone up and about, so slicing and dicing fruits is out of the question. Berries and nuts is what they get. SOMETIMES I play nice and add a swirl of Nutella in it. SO GOOD!
  • Lastly, I take a spoon to my warm bowl of oats and gobble it all up in 2 minutes. 🤷‍♀️ 

hot oatmeal in a bowl

Basically, you could eat this perfect oatmeal every day, each day with different toppings, and never get bored.

If you’re looking for an even quicker take, try my Berry Baked Oatmeal. You can make it ahead of time and reheat it for a quick breakfast during the week.

HOW TO MAKE OATMEAL IN THE MICROWAVE

Don’t want to deal with a saucepan? Cook the oats in your microwave.

  1. First, combine 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup milk, and a pinch of salt in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir and serve.

bowl of homemade oatmeal topped with berries and nuts

CAN I USE NON-DAIRY MILK?

  • Absolutely. I love my oats with Almond Milk. With any homemade oatmeal you can use non-dairy milk in place of milk.

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE?

This recipe serves 2, but you can definitely double it to make more. Just use a 2-quart saucepan or bigger. 

HOW TO STORE COOKED OATMEAL

  • Store oatmeal in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 5 to 6 days.

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ENJOY!

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How To Make Oatmeal
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Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

Learn how to make a simple and delicious bowl of wholesome oatmeal in under 10 minutes!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, American/Southern
Servings: 2 serves
Calories: 233 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • drizzle of honey or maple syrup
  • TOPPINGS: chopped pecans sliced almonds, berries, raisins, bananas, etc...
Instructions
  1. In a 2-quart saucepan combine oats, milk, water, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove oatmeal from heat and pour into two individual bowls.
  4. Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  5. Add toppings.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 7 (toppings not included)
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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