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A white bowl of oatmeal covered with slices of banana, pieces of dried coconut, and a honey drizzle. A spoon is sitting in the bowl.

Basic Healthy Oatmeal Recipe

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1


A basic healthy oatmeal recipe with instructions for how to cook old fashioned oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave. 



  1. Add oats, water or milk and salt to a pot over medium/high heat.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  3. You oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy. Transfer to a bowl and add your favorite toppings.


  • To make old-fashioned oats in the microwave: add 1/2 cup oats and 3/4 cup liquid (water or milk) into a microwave-safe bowl and stir to combine. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir and continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the oatmeal is the consistency you like. I usually cook them for a total of 3 minutes, but you’ll know it’s done when most the liquid is absorbed and oats are hot.
  • Carefully remove from microwave (bowl will be hot) and top with your favorite oatmeal toppings.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup made with water (no toppings)
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

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