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Four bowls of oatmeal with toppings like bananas, nuts, apples, berries, chocolate chips and brown sugar.
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How to Make Oatmeal

A basic healthy oatmeal recipe, with instructions for how to cook old fashioned oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave and four different topping variations.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal
Servings: 1
Calories: 153kcal


  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon optional
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  • Add oats, water or milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla (if using) to a pot or 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.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of choice. See flavor ideas within the post for maple brown sugar, apple cinnamon, banana nut and berry almond variations.



Microwave Method:
  1. Add to a bowl and microwave: Add 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water or milk into a large 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.
  2. Serve with toppings: Carefully remove from microwave (bowl will be hot) and top with your favorite oatmeal toppings. See topping ideas above for maple brown sugar, apple cinnamon, banana nut and berry almond.


Serving: 1bowl made with water (no toppings) | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 157mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g