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.

More Oatmeal Recipes

Be sure to check out the full collection of oatmeal recipes on EBF!

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

5 from 3 votes
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.
A bowl of maple brown sugar oatmeal with a spoon resting in the bowl.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • splash of milk, optional

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
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple brown sugar oatmeal

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    2 comments
    1. Heather Velocci
      November 25, 2022 AT 9:42 am

      5 stars
      So much better than the packaged kind. ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 28, 2022 AT 10:47 am

        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!

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