How To Make Oatmeal

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How To Make Oatmeal

Tired of burning the bottom of the pot or buying oats with good intentions but never making them?
This simple guide will boost your confidence and show you exactly how to make oatmeal.

Oatmeal is a simple and nutritious breakfast. It’s packed with fiber, protein and vitamins. It is also the perfect base for loading on your favorite toppings like nut butter, hemp seeds, fruit or chocolate!

Once you feel confident and realize how easy it is to make perfect oatmeal you will never be bored at breakfast again.

While there are many methods including including overnight oats, slow-cooker and baked we will focus on the good old fashion stove top method for this how to make oatmeal article.

Sourcing The Right Oats

There are a few different types of oats you can find at the grocery store. Each one producing a slightly different taste and texture.

  • Whole Oat Groats: Cook Time 30-45 minutes. Whole oat groats have the grain intact. Making them very nutritious but also time consuming. This method requires the longest cook time and produces a mealy oatmeal.
  • Steel Cut Oats: Cook Time 15-30 minutes. Steel cut oats also known as Irish Oats are chopped whole oat grains. They a packed full of fiber and cook in less time.
  • Old Fashion Oats: Cook Time 5-10 minutes. Old fashion oats are flat and flakey. They are made from groats that are steamed, flattened and dried. The texture of porridge made with old fashion oats chewy and creamy. They are great for baking, granola bars and porridge.
  • Quick Oats: Cook time 5 minutes. Quick oats cook in the least amount of time. During processing they are rolled even thinner than old fashion oats and therefore cook quicker.

Now that you have some background on selecting the best oats for the dish it’s time to get into the liquids.

How To Cook Oatmeal – What Liquid To Use

Oatmeal is so versatile. Basic oatmeal only requires to ingredients to make oats and liquid.

Let’s take a closer look at what liquid is best to use

  • Water: Water is a great option for making basic oatmeal. Water will make the oat flavor standout and is readily available in the kitchen!
  • Nut Milk/Plant Milk: Nut milk and plant milks are a great option when making oatmeal. They produce an irresistibly creamy texture that goes well with the natural sweetness of the oats. Soy milk adds a great amount of protein aswell!

How to Cook – Old Fashion Oats

Here is the steps to making perfect oatmeal every time. Using Old Fashion Oats

Step 1: In a small pot pour liquid of choice. Set to medium heat

Step 2: Once liquid becomes warm stir in oats. Give a good stir and lower the heat.

Step 3: Stir oats every 30 seconds to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Once all the liquid is absorbed and oats appear creamy. Remove from heat. Let sit for 1 minute ( the oats will continue to absorb)

Step 4: Place cooked oats in bowl and finish with desired toppings like maple syrup, almond butter, berries or banana. The options are endless!

Oatmeal Recipe Tips

  • Oatmeal can be enjoyed cold or warm. If you make a large portion, save it in the fridge for later!
  • If you have gluten-sensitivity make sure to buy certified gluten-free oats. You can find these at most large grocery stores or online platforms.
  • Experiment with the different type of oats to find your favorite! They are unique in taste and texture.
  • Add a dash of salt or small drip of vanilla extract to your oats to give a bit more flavor and make the oats less bland.

Let’s Put What We Learned To The Test

Now that you feel confident in making oatmeal. Here is a simple recipe to get your started. It’s a perfect go to recipe, that is easily customizable.

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apple walnut oatmeal

How To Make Oatmeal

How to make oatmeal is a simple recipe that is easily customizable.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • small pot
  • measuring cup


Oatmeal Recipe

  • 1 cup Old Fashion Oats
  • 3 cup water or plant milk
  • 1 pinch salt optional
  • 1 pinch cinnamon optional
  • 1 dash vanilla extract optional

Variation 1: Apples and Nuts

  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp walnuts chopped

Variation 2: Berries and Cream

  • 1/4 cup berries (blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut yogurt


  • Add water or plant milk to a small pot and set to medium heat. Once the liquid is heated stir in the oats and lower heat. Stir every 30 seconds to 1 minute until the oatmeal has thickened. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Once liquid has been absorbed and oats are thick, remove from heat and let sit for 2 minutes.
  • Serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings. Checkout Variation 1: Apples and Nuts and Variation 2: Berries and Cream for inspiration on toppings!


This is just the beginning of your oatmeal adventures. Enjoy playing with different toppings and combining flavors and textures. 
Keyword breakfast, gluten free, vegan

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