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Homemade Oatmeal (With Variations)

Oatmeal may be one of the easiest breakfasts to make, but like anything if you don’t know how it’s daunting. Just in case any readers aren’t familiar with how to make homemade oatmeal (rather than buying little cups or instant packets), here are some simple instructions. 

Store-bought oatmeal packets or containers are yummy, but with that comes ingredients which I would like to avoid. Excess sugar, preservatives, and unwanted additives (like dairy) means I exclusively make our own. The nice part is that it is quite easy to duplicate your favorite flavor in your own kitchen. 

Homemade Oatmeal:
1/2 c Rolled oats (old-fashioned)
1 c Water

Instructions

This makes one serving, so multiply accordingly depending on how many people you are serving. 

Put the water in a saucepan and turn on the heat. I use high until it boils, then turn it down to medium-low. Once it comes to a simmer/boil add the oats. Simmer the oats for about 15 minutes, though this also depends on how you like your oatmeal consistency. 

That’s it for basic oatmeal, but keep reading for how to make it more exciting. 

Optional Add-ins (Variations)

– Add a pinch of salt to the water
– Add fruit. For dehydrated fruit or fresh apples add it to the water before heating it up. For bananas wait until the oatmeal is done, then add sliced bananas and stir them in. 
– Add protein powder. I always add some protein powder, especially if this is a meal rather than a side. Put it in the water before heating it and it will dissolve well. 
– Add toasted nuts. While the water comes to a boil toast some chopped nuts on a skillet, then add them to the water with the oats. 
– Add sweeteners. Usually this is done to the individual bowls once it’s done. Drizzle honey or maple syrup, sprinkle coconut sugar or brown sugar, or add a dab of stevia. 
– Add milk. Many people prefer to pour some milk over their bowl of oatmeal. It helps cool it a little and also adds a soup-like consistency. We skip this as it is easier for my toddlers to feed themselves if it is thicker. Of course, you can use your favorite non-dairy milk here (see almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk)
– Add spices. Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or other blends can give a festive flavor. Add them after the oatmeal is cooked, or to individual bowls. 
– Add peanut butter. While it’s not customary, I really enjoy a good dollop of peanut butter (or other nut butter) in my oatmeal. Mix it in to individual bowls. (I like maple syrup paired with this.)

Homemade Oatmeal

Print Recipe
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Oats rolled (old fashioned)

Instructions

  • Put the water in a saucepan and turn on the heat. I use high until it boils, then turn it down to medium-low.
  • Once it comes to a simmer/boil add the oats. Simmer the oats for about 15 minutes, though this also depends on how you like your oatmeal consistency. 

Notes

Optional Add-ins (Variations):
– Add a pinch of salt to the water
– Add fruit. For dehydrated fruit or fresh apples add it to the water before heating it up. For bananas wait until the oatmeal is done, then add sliced bananas and stir them in.
– Add protein powder. I always add some protein powder, especially if this is a meal rather than a side. Put it in the water before heating it and it will dissolve well.
– Add toasted nuts. While the water comes to a boil toast some chopped nuts on a skillet, then add them to the water with the oats.
– Add sweeteners. Usually this is done to the individual bowls once it’s done. Drizzle honey or maple syrup, sprinkle coconut sugar or brown sugar, or add a dab of stevia.
– Add milk. Many people prefer to pour some milk over their bowl of oatmeal. It helps cool it a little and also adds a soup-like consistency. We skip this as it is easier for my toddlers to feed themselves if it is thicker. Of course, you can use your favorite non-dairy milk here (see almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk)
– Add spices. Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or other blends can give a festive flavor. Add them after the oatmeal is cooked, or to individual bowls. 
– Add peanut butter. While it’s not customary, I really enjoy a good dollop of peanut butter (or other nut butter) in my oatmeal. Mix it in to individual bowls. (I like maple syrup paired with this.)
Servings: 1

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