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How to Make Oatmeal

by Stephanie Suire on January 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to make oatmeal?  Do you that you can make a bowl of oatmeal on the stove in about five minutes?  All you need is rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats, not the quick oats) and a pot of water.   

If the last time you made oatmeal for breakfast, it came out of a little packet that you poured in a bowl, added water, then nuked it in the microwave… then this post is for you. 

This post is also for my husband who told my daughter that she could not have oatmeal for breakfast this week because he did not know how to make it.  What?  Who doesn’t know how to make oatmeal? 

It’s oatmeal people, not rocket science. 

But I can sympathize, because there was a time in my life that I thought oatmeal only came with added flavors like Maple & Brown Sugar or Apples & Cinnamon.  While instant oatmeal can be a great option when you are traveling, there is no reason that you can’t make your own bowl of oatmeal at home. 

With actual rolled oats, no quick oats here.  Then you can add your own toppings/mix-ins/sweeteners yourself and that is the best part!

Once we master the art of making rolled oats, we can move on to the harder stuff.  Like how to make steel-cut oatmeal Ooooohhh.  Aaaaahhhh. 


How To Make Rolled Oats:

Serves 1*

*I always make 2-4 servings at a time and refrigerate the extra servings for later.  

Cook time: Approximately 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/3 cup milk (or your favorite non-dairy alternative, I use unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze)
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Combine oats, milk and water in a medium pan.  Turn the stove on medium to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. 
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until oatmeal reaches desired thickness. 
  3. Spoon oatmeal into a bowl and add toppings.

For an even creamier version of regular rolled oats, follow Kath’s instructions for Whipped Banana Oatmeal.  She’s kinda famous for her oatmeal recipe and she is the reason I almost always add 1/4 of a sliced banana (per serving) to my oatmeal while it is cooking.  It makes it turn out extra creamy and delicious!

Endless oatmeal creations can be made by adding a variety of toppings.  At the Healthy Living Summit, Quaker sponsored our breakfast with an oatmeal toppings bar that I recreated a few weeks later at home.  I have come up with a few options for you or feel free to create your own. 

Banana Bread – Add 1/2 sliced banana, 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Apples & Cinnamon – Add 1/2 chopped apple (you can even leave the peel on) and sprinkle with cinnamon.  If you have time, microwave the cinnamon topped chopped apples for about 30-45 seconds first then add to your oatmeal.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon – A simple classic taste that both adults and kids love.  Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Peanut Butter Protein - Add 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder to cooked oatmeal and mix well.  Then top hot oatmeal with 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter and watch it melt.  Mmmm. 

Blueberry Flax – Add 1/4 cup of blueberries to hot oatmeal and stir.  Then top with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed.  Sweeten with a drizzle of agave or honey. 

Raisins & Granola – Add 1 tablespoon of raisins (or even dried cranberries) then top with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite granola. 

I can’t wait to hear what other combinations can come up with!  What are your favorite oatmeal toppings??

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1 zane January 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

nice. i’m gonna have to try the peanut butter oatmeal….


2 Stephanie January 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

That is one of Trey’s favorites because of the taste and the added protein.


3 Nick January 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I can’t wait to try some of those!! ESPECIALLY the banana bread oatmeal. Mmmmmmm


4 Rachel May 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I like to make oatmeal at work. I use 1/2c old fashioned oats and then put them in the microwave for 2 mins with 1/2c water and 1/2c fat free milk. i add jumbo mixed raisins, brown sugar and peanut butter to mine. yummy! (probably a little high in calories with brown sugar and pb.. but it’s sooo good!) i need to try the chocolate chips one! that sounds good too!


5 kiki January 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

try a smores recipe
you use marshmellows (you put it in at the end) small chocolate chips and some gramm cracker that are crushed


6 DeRonda January 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

What, no maple syrup?! :) It’s a go-to staple for my oatmeal.


7 Stephanie January 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I don’t know why I did not include maple syrup as an oatmeal topping! I use real maple syrup in baking all the time so I always have it in the pantry. Thanks for the suggestion!


8 Steven January 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

WOW… this with some bananas and nuts is my new favorite breakfast! thank you!


9 Stephanie January 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

So glad I made you enjoy your oatmeal! My entire family loves to eat oatmeal now that I get them to add toppings, no more boring oatmeal!


10 Brian April 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Try it with Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Yum! I use the syrup with Weetabix too. A classic British breakfast food.


11 Scarlett Red June 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I always have a massive dollop of Greek yogurt and honey drizzled on top


12 Stephanie June 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

That sounds delicious! Greek yogurt and honey is always one of my favorite combinations.


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14 Benji July 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

After reading all that you tell me it’s just water, oats on the stove??! I thought by the way you were talking that there was some sort of scientific formula!


15 Guest July 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

1/3 cup of oats? What kind of recipe is this? That is not filling at all.


16 Damien July 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I will not be using this recipe Terrible. Just awful real talk


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19 Aditi January 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

I tried making this as per your measurements…but my oatmeal ended up not cooking haha so I started over and used measurements that I used a long while ago,
So 1/3 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup skim milk/almond milk
1/3 cup water
1/2 banana mashed
And then I cook that for 5-8 minutes on the stove and top it with slices of banana and some raisins and cranberries :3


20 Annie Laurie February 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

So glad I came across your recipe and the ideas from the other posts! I add crushed walnut pieces to mine. I love all the ideas!


21 Rachel July 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

After it is cooked I top my oatmeal with cut up nectarine! It is delicious!


22 Stephanie July 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

That does sounds delicious! Since peaches are in season here in Texas, you have me craving some peaches and cream oatmeal!


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