Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

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Skip the store-bought packets and make this maple brown sugar oatmeal at home! It comes together in 10 minutes and the combo of maple syrup and brown sugar gives this oatmeal a sweet, caramelized flavor.

We always had instant oatmeal packets in the house growing up and one of my favorite flavors was maple and brown sugar, so in honor of those oatmeal packets I’m sharing this maple brown sugar oatmeal recipe!

A bowl of maple brown sugar oatmeal with a spoon resting in the bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The combo of maple syrup and brown sugar gives this oatmeal a sweet, caramelized flavor.
  • Oats provide a good amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and even antioxidants. They are basically a “super grain.”
  • Comes together in just 10 minutes!
  • Vegan, gluten-free and easily customizable.
Ingredients measured out to make Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal: oats, water, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt.

Ingredients Needed

  • old fashioned rolled oats – old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. Make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed. I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats.
  • water or milk – I like using water in my oatmeal and think it’s plenty creamy, but if you prefer you can always use your favorite non-dairy milk! My go-to is unsweetened almond milk. Try making your own almond milk.
  • ground cinnamon – the perfect warming spice for this recipe!
  • vanilla extract – a great flavor enhancer.
  • maple syrup – I love adding maple syrup to my oats. It blends perfectly with all the ingredients and the sweet flavor is hard to match with anything else.
  • brown sugar – you can’t have maple brown sugar oatmeal without brown sugar!
  • sea salt – just a pinch of salt will bring all the flavors together.
Side by side photos of a pot with the maple brown sugar oatmeal before and after being cooked.

How to Make

Add oats, water or milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a low boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy. Remove from heat and stir in maple syrup and brown sugar. Portion oats in a bowl and enjoy warm with desired toppings!

A bowl of maple brown sugar oatmeal.

Customize Your Oatmeal

The mix-in and topping possibilities are endless when it comes to oatmeal! Here are some ideas:

  • With fruit: Add your favorite fresh fruit to your bowl of oats like sliced banana, chopped apples, peaches or strawberries.
  • Add nuts: Bring some crunch to your oats with your favorite nuts. Chopped almonds would be delicious or if you want to go the sweeter route you could try these candid walnuts or candid pecans!
  • Protein: Add a scoop of your favorite nut butter like almond butter, coconut butter or peanut butter for some added protein. Or add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
  • Spices: Want to amp up the flavor of this oatmeal? Add some additional spices like cardamom, allspice or nutmeg.
  • Chocolate: Add some chocolate chips, cacao nibs or even some crushed-up chocolate for a healthy dose of magnesium and potassium.
  • Granola: You really can’t go wrong with adding granola to your oats! Try this easy hemp granola recipe for a delicious crunch.
  • Dried berries: Add some sweet dried berries to your oats like dried blueberries, golden berries, goji berries or raspberries.

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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Skip the store-bought packets and make this maple brown sugar oatmeal at home! It comes together in 10 minutes and the combo of maple syrup and brown sugar gives this oatmeal a sweet, caramelized flavor.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Add oats, water or milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla (if using) to a pot or saucepan over medium/high heat.
    Oatmeal ingredients in a pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Bring mixture to a low boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring occasionally. Oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy.
    Cooked oatmeal in a pot with a metal spoon.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top oats with maple syrup and brown sugar. Stir into the oats and add a splash of milk (if using).

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple brown sugar oatmeal
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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6 Comments

    1. I couldn’t agree more. I am glad you are loving this recipe, Heather. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I appreciate it!

    1. WOO! I am pumped to hear that you are loving this recipe, Denisa. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

  1. 5 stars
    10 stars! With the cold weather, I had been looking for a simple ingredient oatmeal and this is perfect! I’ve used the 3x recipe to have leftovers and it heats up well – and better the next day.

    The only alteration I made was reducing the maple syrup and brown sugar in half. I’m not a sweets fan, so reducing in half was perfect.

    1. YUM! I am so glad you gave this recipe a try and are loving it. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, Cherie. Thank you for your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it!