How to Make Oatmeal

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This is a guide for how to make oatmeal on the stovetop and in the microwave, plus four ways to customize. It's a heart-healthy easy staple breakfast recipe

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There’s one thing I buy in jumbo size in my house – it’s old fashioned oats! I eat oats for breakfast Monday thru Friday – in the summer I love cold overnight oats, and in the winter, I’m all about warm oatmeal! I share my bowl of oatmeal often on Instagram and Snapchat and I always get questions about how to make oatmeal. So here’s how to make this easy staple recipe. And you’ll never wonder again what to have for a healthy breakfast!

4 bowls of oatmeal, showing the variety of toppings
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What I love about oatmeal is that it’s really quick and easy to make, you can customize it with any toppings, and it keeps you full with lots of energy to last your morning! And I love that routine in my morning to have something consistent that I know will make my body feel good.

What you need to make oatmeal

It all starts with the simplest ingredients. You’ll need old fashioned oats or rolled oats, milk, water and a dash of salt. Those are the only 4 ingredients you need to to make oatmeal.

There are 3 types of oats out there.

  1. Quick Oats: These are more fine oats that can be cooked really quickly. You can certainly use those, but I don’t recommend them because they are more processed in general and only save you an extra minute of cooking time.
  2. Steel Cut Oats: This is the whole oat, unrolled and unprocessed type. These take the longest time to cook, and need at least 20 minutes on the stovetop. Be sure to also check out my tutorial on how to cook steel cut oats.
  3. Old Fashioned Oats or Rolled Oats: In between the quick oats and steel cut oats, you’ll find old fashioned or rolled oats. They are pretty similar, but the rolled ones are slightly rolled/pressed, which makes them more processed. These are thicker than quick oats, so they need more time to cook. Either old fashioned oats or rolled oats work great for this recipe.
Old fashioned oats in a bowl used to make oatmeal

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Microwave Cooking Instructions

Start by measuring the oats and liquids. The ratio is 1:1. The usual serving size is ½ cup oats to ½ cup of water. You could switch the water for milk, but it may take longer to cook, so I usually just stick with water and add a splash for milk at the end for the best consistency.

Then place in the microwave without a cover on it (we don’t want any microwave accidents when the liquid boils). Microwave on high for 90 seconds and the consistency should be perfect.

Ratio of old fashioned oats to milk and water before cooking in microwave to make oatmeal

Stovetop Cooking Instructions

For the stovetop, you’ll still use the same ratio of old fashioned oats to liquid. But to start, you’ll want to bring the liquid to a boil in a small saucepan. Then reduce the heat to low and pour in the oats. Allow them to cook until they thicken and absorb all the liquid, stirring frequently. It will take about 5 minutes.

Regardless whether you use the microwave or the stovetop instructions, now you know how to make oatmeal and how quick and easy it is. The result is a warm cozy bowl of soft creamy oatmeal that’s ready to be topped with your favorite add-ons.

Bowl of cooked oatmeal

Healthy oatmeal recipes

I really enjoy the taste of plain oatmeal with simple brown sugar and nothing else. It’s my comfort zone. But I also like to vary up my oatmeal and use it as my base to enjoy some fresh fruit for the day. I like to have fun with some healthy oatmeal recipes that take the simple humble bowl of oats and make them an extraordinary superfood breakfast bowl. Here are 4 of my favorite recipes:

Maple Brown Sugar: This is a classic flavor most oatmeal packets come in. But the homemade maple brown sugar is so much better. I make it with brown sugar, maple syrup, pecans and cinnamon.

How to make oatmeal - maple brown sugar variation

Banana Nut: This is another one of the classic oatmeal flavors that comes in a packet, so I love recreating it with actual fresh bananas (not the taste of bananas). I usually slice half a banana and add walnuts, ground flaxseeds and cinnamon. Make a batch of candied walnuts for a sweet crunchy bite.

How to make oatmeal - banana nut variation

Strawberry & Cream: This is such a dreamy yummy combination. Just add fresh sliced strawberries, a splash of half and half or coconut cream or any non-dairy creamer, along with some honey and a touch of vanilla extract.

How to make oatmeal - strawberries and cream variation

Chocolate Peanut Butter: This one’s for the kiddos. And who am I kidding, sometimes for me too! When the oatmeal is still warm, I stir in cocoa or cacao powder and keep stirring until the mixture looks chocolatey. Then embellish the chocolate taste with chocolate chips, and add a spoon of peanut butter along with crunchy peanuts on top. My kids devour this, and it’s a bit on the indulgent side of healthy, but nonetheless still good for you.

How to make oatmeal - chocolate peanut butter variation

Oatmeal toppings

Those healthy oatmeal recipes can get you started with ideas for oatmeal toppings. But there are endless ways of topping your oatmeal. Think of it as a canvas or a starting point. Add some fruit to sweeten it and get some fiber in your body. Add some nuts and seeds for extra protein and healthy fats. Or add spices to boost the flavor without added sugar.

Here are more ideas for oatmeal toppings

  • Fruit: Fresh fruit like bananas, berries and apples; dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates or coconut; frozen fruits like berries or mangoes, jams, fruit zest or applesauce.
  • Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, pecans or peanuts; chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.  You can also do any nut butter or seed butter.
  • Cooked Grains: Quinoa, amaranth or wheat germ. You can cook them separately or with the oatmeal. You can also add granola.
  • Spices: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pumpkin spice or ginger.
  • Dairy: Splash of any type of milk or creamer or a dollop of yogurt
  • Protein Powder: If you’re trying to add more protein to your diet, I recommend half the normal scoop.
  • Sweeteners: Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or agave syrup.

Tips on how to make oatmeal

  1. Use old fashioned oats for the best consistency. Steel cut oats have a different cooking method entirely, so I would definitely avoid those if you’re following this specific recipe. Quick oats work, but they are pretty mushy in my opinion. They work great for kids though since they only need a minute in the microwave and are easier to chew and digest.
  2. Pay attention to the oat to liquid ratio. This is usually printed on the oats package. For reference, it’s always ½ cup oats to ½ cup of water. If you use less liquid, it may not fully cook all the oats. If you use more liquid, it may end up becoming too watery. I recommend sticking to the ratio and then either making it thicker by mixing in toppings or thinner by mixing in as much milk as you want.
  3. Don’t forget the salt. I used to wonder why salt was needed to make oatmeal, but then it clicked when I first made oatmeal with salt. It has a way of making it less bland and really enhances the flavor. It’s hard to explain, but it actually brings out the sweetness and nuttiness of the oats. But all you need is a pinch.
Three bowls of oatmeal with focus on the chocolate peanut butter oameal

You can say goodbye to oatmeal packets and now start making your own oatmeal at home. It will be just as easy I promise, but even cheaper in the long run and way more delicious. The best part is that it’s totally customizable so you can decide how to make it and what oatmeal toppings you want to add.

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How to Make Oatmeal

This is a guide for how to make oatmeal on the stovetop and in the microwave, plus four ways to customize. It’s a heart-healthy easy staple breakfast recipe
5 from 9092 votes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 171
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

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Ingredients
  

Base Recipe

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk of choice

Maple Brown Sugar

Banana Nut

Strawberry & Cream

  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon half and half
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Instructions

Microwave Instructions

  • Place the oats, water and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for 90 seconds. Then add 15-second increments, if needed, until the oatmeal is puffed and softened. This is only necessary the first time you make it. Then you can gauge the exact time needed and repeat in the future. Add milk and stir before serving

Stovetop Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the oats. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes.  Add the milk, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes.

Assembly

  • Stir in the toppings and let rest for a few minutes to cool. Thin with a little more milk, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition label is for base oatmeal recipe only and does not include additions/toppings.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge.
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the oatmeal in the microwave or on the stovetop in advance. To reheat, simply add a splash of milk or water and microwave for 1 minute.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use all milk or all water in the recipe instead of doing half milk/half water. You can also use any type of milk you’d like.
* Please note the nutrition label does not include any toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 171mg, Potassium: 147mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 175mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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  1. I put all the water and milk in sauce pan and cooked the oats that way over separately. They turned out as I suspected. They have that old fashioned texture to them. A bit firm to the tongue. The amounts of oats to water I may adjust to get a texture I prefer. I would agree quick oats would be mush if cooked for the time specified. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  2. The ratio of water to oats, and the portion size, are both off. I usually cook my oats with twice as much water, and less oats, resulting in a creamier texture and smaller serving size. 1/4 cup oats : 1/2 cup water for 1 serving. Also add a small pinch of salt to the water before boiling. Thought I’d try this recipe on the stove top. The oats were under cooked by the time all of the liquid was absorbed. Regular oats should also take longer than 5 min to cook. Ended up adding another 1/2 cup of water heated in the microwave, and yes, the portion was too large.

    1. Sorry this didn’t work out well for you. 1/2 cup of oats is pretty standard for a serving size. There are only about 75 calories in 1/4 cup of oats which personally would not fill me up enough for breakfast, but totally understand that everyone might have a different preference on the texture of their oatmeal. Did you cook the mixture over low heat? If the heat is too high the liquid will cook off before the oats are tender.

  3. I’m and oatmeal lovers in the morning 🌄 time. So you very much for this and all of your help and support

  4. Wish I would have read comments first! I looked for ratio of oats to water. I thought it looked off and it is – way off. I keep adding water and now have enough cooked oats to last my hubby and I several breakfasts.

    1. So sorry this didn’t come out as you expected, but I make it all the time with results I love. Can I ask how you cooked the oatmeal (microwave or stovetop) so I can help troubleshoot? Also, did you find there was too much water?

  5. This recipe is WAY! Out of proportion. I made some yummy oats for my best friend and he was like “this is way too much!” And I was like “I know! Usually 1/4 of a cup of oats is enough for me!” But I went with this recipe anyways because I thought Yumna would be right! I was MISTAKEN! Hurt and disappointed. Kind regards

    Dakota and Shayna

  6. As with any recipe, the first time I try it I strictly adhere to the quantities and instructions. Thereafter, I make tweaks to fit my personal tastes. As an example, I like spicy, hot food so I often double-up on spices and things like jalapeños (I make a mean guacamole).

    My early childhood memories of oatmeal are nasty. I was born to a woman who hated cooking, and grew-up on burned pork chops and canned spinach so overcooked it was grey. Oatmeal was „instant“ and came out of a white paper envelope and was mixed with boiling water. She also found being a single mother not to her liking, so I had the extraordinary good fortune to be adopted by a childless couple who gave me love and support, including a marvellous culinary education. I was flabbergasted to learn that spinach was a deep green leaf and you could eat it – raw – in a salad!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my first attempt in decades at oatmeal for breakfast, and know the minor changes I will make next time.

    I am a journalist, a foreign correspondent for worldwide media accredited for more than 20 years by the Austrian Federal Press Service. I get my share of feedback and, occasionally, „hate mail“.

    Many of the comments to this recipe are simply incomprehensible to me. What has happened to society when someone takes the time to post a message stating that a „pinch salt“ is „too much“, or that this is the „worst oatmeal ever“?

    Where is common courtesy and kindness? We all need to thank Yumna for taking the time to share her recipes with us, and all of her hard work, research, and updating.

    If you don’t like Yumna’s recipe for oatmeal, either make your own adjustments or find a alternate recipe, but for goodness sake, show at least a modicum of civility if you are motivated to leave a comment.

    1. So sorry to hear it didn’t come out to your liking. You could try adding a little maple syrup to that version to see if it better suits your taste.

  7. Just a fine recipe, but I’m not understanding why so many five stars. When I put in equal amounts liquid to oats and follow the instructions I find my oats dry quickly and begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. I think I will stick with the recipes where more liquid is used initially.

    1. So sorry this didn’t come out as you expected, but I make it all the time with results I love. Can I ask how you cooked the oatmeal (microwave or stovetop) so I can help troubleshoot?

    2. You can be much kinder when giving feedback. If you want to add a little more/less liquid, just do it. Doesn’t make this recipe “the worst” because you can’t tell when it is properly cooked. I’m not a chef, and I can tell when something is cooked. Stop being dramatic and adjust your liquid and cooking time as needed.

  8. I use extra thick oatmeal, mixed with grated (2 tbs.) fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. dried cherries and 1 ample tsp. of Vietnamese cinnamon mixed with water and microwaved. After cooking in microwave, this gets topped with fresh blueberries and topped with milk or 1/2 and 1/2. My quantities are just about like yours. This is something I really like in the winter.

    1. My apologies if you made this and it didn’t come out to your liking. I prefer the texture of the oats when I use the stated ratio, but I understand everyone will have a difference preference.

    1. So sorry! I was getting a few messages that it was watery still because if you make it with milk, the liquid doesn’t absorb as quickly and it needs much more cooking time compared to water. The old measurement was this: 1/2 cup oats : 1 cup water or milk.

  9. I believe the reason some people may be having extremely watery oatmeal. It’s because they are the doubling or tripling the recipe. when you do that you have to add less water. So, for example, the box tells you for two servings, you do 3/4 of a cup of water instead of 1 cup. So you will have to adjust as you make larger batches.

    1. Thanks for the input! I usually find it works out okay to double or triple the recipe, but I know cooking time can vary when using the microwave.

  10. Totally ignores the fact that she is not using “old fashioned oatmeal” but using instant or quick cook oatmeal. Total different taste and cooking!!!

  11. Bad recipe. As others have said, there’s way too much liquid. And after 4 minutes in quite powerful microwave it’s still hard. 🙁

  12. I have to agree with the others who said that the ratio was off. It was oatmeal soup. I made the mistake of not reading the comments beforehand, which is something I normally do. I will try again with less liquid and hope for better results.

  13. My second morning to prepare this recipe for breakfast. Easy to follow directions in recipe and simple prep. Taste exceptional and nice to see variations to make this dish.
    Thank you….

  14. This recipe just Sooooo wrong. The ratio is way off, at least when cooked in the microwave. 2 minutes and I had milk/water with some oats floating in it. Disappointing.

    1. So sorry you weren’t a fan of the texture. You can do a 1:1 ratio to see if that better fits what you’re looking for.

  15. Here you contradict yourself:
    “Start by measuring the oats and liquids. The ratio is 1:2. The usual serving size is ½ cup oats to 1 cup of water, milk or combination of both. I like combining ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of milk for the best consistency.”
    ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of milk is 1:1, not 1:2.

    1. Hi Mark, most people do prefer a 1:2 ratio as stated which is 1/2 cup of oats to 1 cup of water. I prefer 1/2 cup of oats to 1/2 cup of milk, as I feel like that is the best consistency. Which is what the above says.

  16. Great basic foundation recipe. I add a touch of vanilla, some walnuts, and brown sugar and a banana at the end , then a good sprinkle of nutmeg. YUM!

  17. Made the chocolate version! When I first made it, it tasted like I was eating a spoonful of pure cocoa powder….which was not good. Didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, so maybe those would’ve added the sweetness? Anyways, I remedied this by adding maybe 1/2TBS of maple syrup and that perfectly brought out the chocolatey flavor. Stirred in the peanut butter and topped with banana slices.

    It was SO good, and I say this as someone who usually can’t eat more than 2-3 bites of oatmeal before getting grossed out by the taste/texture. I completely cleaned the bowl this time! Definitely going to make this again real soon. Though adding that sweetner is a must in my opinion!

    1. That’s a great question! Basically if after 2 minutes it’s not soft and puffy you’ll want to heat for an additional 15 seconds, check it and if it needs more time put it back in for another 15 seconds and continue this cycle until the desired constancy is met.

  18. I did packaged oatmeal and it seemed too runny when I put the boiling water in. What did I do wrong?

    1. Hi Megan, this recipe is not for pre-packaged servings of oatmeal so the water ratio was likely too much. To make packaged oatmeal you will want to follow the direction on the package.

  19. Oat groats are the whole oat, not steel cut – they cut up oat groats to make steel cut oats. Oat groats fill you up more than any other kind in my opinion. I cook them for 2 hours and have forgotten and they’ve cooked even longer and have been fine

    1. So sorry it didn’t turn out how you’d like. You can always adjust the liquid if you prefer thicker oatmeal.

  20. Best oatmeal I’ve made from scratch. Thank you for the recipe! It was a little too much liquid for me though, so I just added a bit more of the oats.

      1. I’d like to amend my previous comment to say, the recipe is perfect AS IS! There really is no need to adjust the oats to water ratio. I made it again today, as written and given just a few seconds in the bowl the liquid soaked up nicely. Still the best oatmeal-thank you!!

  21. I did the Chocolate Peanut Butter…Oh wow….it was perfect on this cold winter, snowy day here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I hope you have recipes for cold over night oats 🙂

    1. Aw, bummer! I am sorry that it was too watery for your taste. You can always reduce the milk for the consistency you like best.

  22. Excellent! Made with chopped walnuts (found them before the pecans and they were already chopped) and added a sliced banana. Excellent!!!

  23. For the life of me I could never make oatmeal but following this recipe has changed my life lol so simple especially the microwave recipe and for that I am thankful!

  24. Your recipe is the classic as are the topping variations (except for the chocolate, which would certainly offend my Irish mother because it so contradicts the solid delicious taste of the actual oatmeal). That said, I like to use brown coconut sugar instead of regular brown sugar. All these years, it never occurred to me to use vanilla extract maybe because it is very strong but I will give it a try.

  25. This recipe is amazingly good! I never cared for oatmeal before, but after making your recipe, I LOVE it. I used various toppings of maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, agave nectar and berry toppings of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries – basically whatever is in the fridge. I cannot have nuts nor full fat milks, so the half and half of water and no fat skim milk works perfectly in your recipe. Thank you so much!! I cannot wait to continue trying different combinations of toppings.

  26. This is hands down the perfect method for quick cooking oats on the stovetop. Not too creamy, not too watery, it’s just right. Goldilocks would approve! 🙂
    I used this for my apple pie oatmeal:
    Chopped 1 apple and tossed it into the liquid as it heated/boiled, and added some brown sugar + maple sugar mix (2 tsp total) + cinnamon & nutmeg and a pinch of vanilla extract. Topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon once served.
    Followed directions 100% and am now eating a deliciously Autumn themed bowl of oatmeal.
    Thanks for sharing this, and the variations!

  27. I have been making your oatmeal recipes at least twice a week for several weeks now. I love the chocolate peanut butter one! I use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips & use chunky peanut butter rather than add peanuts. My other fave is the banana one. So delish & easy to make! Thank you!!

  28. I really love oats in the morning. I tried this for the first time but the oats bubbled up and spilled all over the microwave during the initial 2 minutes. Do you have any advice or tip on how to avoid this mess and not lose half of the oats? 🤧

  29. hello, i like your information on making oatmeal do you ever use gluten free oatmeal i have used the packets of gluten free but never cooked any without the microwave.

    1. Thank you! I usually don’t use gluten-free oatmeal, but this tutorial should work with it.

    2. I have never had luck making oatmeal with gluten free oats. I just tried this recipe (I had never added milk before, so I thought maybe it would help) using my bob’s red mill gluten free old fashioned rolled oats, and it did not work. (To be fair, the Bob’s red mill oatmeal recipe on the back of the GF oats package has never worked for me either)
      No liquid left at the end of 10 minutes and the oats were still not cooked. 🙁 I’m going to search for a recipe that is specifically for gluten free oats. Maybe it requires more liquid..

      1. Hi Sandra! I am sorry this recipe didn’t work for you with the gluten-free oats. I am not sure if this would work as I haven’t tried it myself, but you could try adding the oats to the pot with the water and milk and bringing everything to a boil together before lowering the heat. If you notice that it’s still undercooked and most of the water has been absorbed, add in 1/4 cup of water or so and continue cooking until soft. If you try this, let me know how it turns out!

  30. I’ve tried one of those apple cinnamon instant oatmeal from the store and it upset my stomach so bad, I didn’t eat oatmeal for years. Need oatmeal for health issues and found this recipe. So happy I did! No stomach upset at all! I put fresh blueberries and organic raw, unfiltered honey. So delicious!

  31. Awesome and so delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing these yummy yummy and easily made oatmeal recipes.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  32. Tried the strawberry and cream and it is simply DELICIOUS!! Thank you for this easy yet comforting recipe!

  33. I usually eat chia pudding in the morning and my own mosh posh of oatmeal but wanted something different. Tried chocolate peanut butter and maple brown last two days and it is delicious! Not overly sweet at all, I’m looking forward to making the banana nut oatmeal!

  34. 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk, soak overnight in the fridge. Cook stirring 5 minutes on stovetop. Better consistency and if wanted can add extra milk before serving (I don’t.)

  35. I’ll make a bowl of regular oats with a little sugar and ALOT of butter. Then I add a fried egg ontop. Sounds gross but it’s REALLY GOOD. OATS provide plenty of energy and the egg/protien curbs appetite. I’m not hungry all day long.

  36. Tried the banana nut…. I hate oatmeal but I’m getting older and understand it’s benefits…. This recipe has turned me into a believer. Added a bit of brown sugar and 😋

  37. Made the chocolate peanut butter recipe because I don’t have strawberries at the moment and OMG!! Am I obsessed! It’s so simple, easy and yet so delicious. It’s so decadent but not overpowering… coming from someone who likes chocolate but doesn’t want it tooooo chocolatey. DELICIOUS! Must try!

  38. All this time I never knew how to make old fashioned oats perfectly. AND IN THE MICROWAVE! OH. This is my new jam.! Thanks for the easy and clear instructions. I added another minute and a half because mines are old fashionioned whole wheat,, but they came out perfect..!Now I can satisfy my oatmeal cravings like a savage!

  39. All this time I never knew how to make old fashioned oats perfectly. AND IN THE MICROWAVE! OH. This is my new jam.! Thanks for the easy and clear instructions. Now I can satisfy my oatmeal cravings like a savage!

  40. Your recipe is simple, but both times that you give the stovetop one you forget to say when to add the salt. I add it _after_ the water is boiling, like in pasta water, do you? I agree, it brings out the flavor of the oatmeal, but a newbie may be confused by your omitting when to add it, just sayin’ . . .

  41. I made the Maple & Brown Sugar to start. Very delicious! I’ll never be satisfied with packaged, instant oatmeal again. I’ll be making the others next. Yummm!

    1. Thanks for the recipe! Mine came out very liquidy even after adding time in the microwave. I also let it rest for 5-10 minutes afterwards. Any ideas?

      1. You’re welcome! What kind of oats did you use? And how many watts is your microwave? You may have to cook it for a few extra minutes.

  42. This was absolutely delicious and worked really well ! I tried the simple brown sugar and maple version and I am in love with it ! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe ^^

  43. This sucked. Way to much liquid to oats, after 2 minutes in the microwave it was still just liquid, put it in for 15 seconds all the way up to 4 minutes and by the end it was still soup. Would not recommend!

      1. This happened to me too. I have new built in microwave and it was on high voltage. I don’t know how anyone could eat them after 2 minutes. I’m going to try the stovetop method. I like your flavoring ideas but just need to figure out the oats 😀

  44. Great recipe! Almost burnt my stove (my fault, I was washing dishes and not paying attention), but turned out really tasty. However, it also turns out that I hate the texture of oatmeal, so I won’t be making this again. But really tasty besides the texture!

  45. In the oat meal recipe can we add strawberries and other fruits when milk is warm/hot.
    we need to cool the milk before adding fruits

    1. Yes, that’s correct! If you move the serving toggle to 2 servings, it will should you the adjusted ingredients for 1 cup of oats.

  46. Hi there,

    I just tried the Banana Nut.. wow! So delicious. Just a question with the Strawberries and Cream it’s saying “1 tablespoon half and half?”.

  47. I love this recipe!!! I tried the maple syrup, sugar & pecans this morning and it was so good!!! Definitely trying the other ones! Thank you for sharing your recipe!!! 🤍

  48. When making this on the stovetop, do you add the pinch of salt to boil with the milk and water, or do you add it together with the oats?

  49. This recipe is perfect! I’m actually typing this as I’m sitting here eating it! I have one suggestion though, for the peanut butter chocolate variation, you might want to use less cocoa powder, like maybe a teaspoon, because you can taste the bitterness of it.

  50. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! So simple and my kids request it now. Not sure why I never thought to try the microwave before! I’ve only tried the Maple and Brown Sugar one; can’t wait to try the rest! We’ve been having this and your TikTok recipe and loving them!

  51. I made the maple brown sugar version of the oatmeal this morning. It was so easy to make and tasted delicious. I can’t wait to try the other versions. This will be my go to recipe for oatmeal from now on. Thank you!

  52. Yummy but wow how wrong the timing was. 2 minutes wasn’t even half the time it took to cook these in my microwave and I had to babysit it every 10 seconds so it wouldn’t bubble over. Probably took more like 7-8 in the microwave with 1 cleanup mess and having to stop constantly.

    1. I would recommend placing it in the microwave without a cover on it and making sure you use a big enough bowl, so it doesn’t spill over. Also, make sure the microwave is on high, so it should only take 2 minutes to create the perfect consistency.

    1. I don’t think it’s either good or bad. Adding some to your oatmeal every now and then won’t hurt. However, there are other ways you could add that chocolate-y flavor to your oatmeal instead of using the processed Nesquik.

  53. Really good! I was looking for an oat recipe because I have never really tried oats before and I think I’m now going to eat them a lot of mornings 🙂

  54. My favorite add ins are candied walnuts and cinnamon apple cubes. Not only does it taste great I found out I can use brown sugar to sweeten my oatmeal.

  55. Definitely a five star recipe 😋 I love it I also did some for my siblings and they said it was amazing
    such a great recipe!
    1 more question:
    From were are you Yumna aka the owner of this blog?

  56. I love this recipe so so much typically I eyeball the cinnamon and the syrup but you don’t want to get too much syrup in there because then it’ll just be watery if that happens just add like 2 tablespoons of oats back into your oatmeal and then I also like to talk it with some honey

  57. I love oatmeal and eat it nearly everyday. I like to put the oats and liquid in a covered saucepan on the stove before I go to bed. It speeds up cooking time in the morning and is oh so good. I also like to add berries or banana and maybe a spoonful of peanut butter. Also cinnamon, always! It makes me happy to get out of bed.

  58. Your recipes are so bomb so quick and easy to follow I’m looking at all the recipes on the videos and I’m totally impressed I can do this you see I’m not a big cooker I love every recipe Do you have a recipe book?

  59. I need new recipes to boost my eating habits. I love your recipes they are easy to follow besides how delicious and appealing they look. Thank you for sharing.

  60. The Chocolate peanut butter is Delicious!
    my absolute favorite
    is there other chocolate themed breakfast recipes?

    1. Yay!! There definitely is! If you check out the Breakfast tab under Recipes, you can find recipes for Chocolate Banana Muffins, Double Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chocolate Protein Pancakes, and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, to name a few!

  61. I have just now, at this late stage of my life (60s) learned that oatmeal is delicious! Thanks for these recipes. Can’t wait to try the chocolate, peanutbutter one. 😊

  62. Absolutely delicious ! I’ve been trying to find good oatmeal recipes and I finally did! Thank you so much!! 🥰

  63. I’ve my own little recipe for the oatmeal. Firstly I take ghee and stir the oats until it becomes brownish. Than I add milk and sugar to it and stir it well. And lastly I add black pepper powder and finely chopped almonds to it. The perfect bowl of happiness.

  64. It’a so good and delicious, i topped it with sliced bananas, and strawberries with peanut butter, and honey. I combined all the toppings together haha. It’s perfect thank you 🙂

  65. My kids have always just made the packets of instant oatmeal when they needed to eat and run, but since all five kids are on digital school now, we can eat together as a family. I tried your base recipe in one big pot and we all made delicious customized bowls. Thanks so much for your clear directions and beautiful photos.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! I think that will be much cheaper and healthier too than using the packets. Glad you liked it!

  66. I made the Maple Brown Sugar recipe and it came out really nice!!! I was also really glad the ratio did come out well so that it was just the right thickness!! Thank you so much for these recipes!!!

  67. The first ratio of 1/2 cup oatmeal to 1 cup milk is off! Basically it made soup. Had more liquid than a bowl of cereal

    1. The ratio of 1/2 cup oatmeal to 1 cup milk or water is correct. Any oat meal ratio is 1/2 to 1 liquid. You suck at cooking. Where I come from, ppl don’t eat oat meal. I could do it. Don’t insult the provider. Just reduce your liquid or add more oat meal instead of complaining over just an oat meal.

  68. Love the instructions, the indulging simplicity of the presentation and the ingredients! Tried this out for my first time and loved it! I did not have walnuts for the Banana nut Recipe so in added almonds! Thanks doll!

  69. Oatmeal used to be punishment food for us. But with these fun alterations we look forward to making our own version of oats. Thanks a lot!

  70. First time making oatmeal and it was THE BEST. You have a great way of wording things and that made it ten times easier.

  71. Thank you very much. I’ve just made it for myself and enjoyed it very much too. Now I will make it for my grandchildren and I hope they’ll also enjoy it. 🙂

  72. Very well explained and nicely written, I will definitely try this and share a pic on Instagram. Thank you.

  73. The chocolate peanut butter oatmeal was delish! It tastes just like Reese’s peanut butter cups. Its also very easy and quick to make.

    1. So glad to hear it! I think when the oatmeal boils, it’s usually best let it boil for about 15-30 seconds and that’s usually a sign that it’s cooked. So just use a bigger bowl and time it so it’s not boiling for more than 30 seconds. I found my perfect microwave time is like 1:50!

  74. I have digestive issues and my brother reccomended Organic Quaker Instant Oatmeal, maple and brown sugar. He eats it…unless he buys a bowl at his favorite breakfast place. So I bought a box. It did go down well but I had a feeling I could do better. Saw, your recipes, bought some Organic Old Fashioned Oats, and followed your instructions. I added 1-1/2 teaspoons maple syrup, a little cinnamon, and stirred in a few chocolate chips. SO good.

    1. Oh yes, this will be healthier for your than the instant oatmeal because the old fashioned oats are less processed so they’re better for your digestion, plus it’s less sugar this way. I’m glad you liked it!

  75. First time making oatmeal, the recipe did not disappoint! Happy to try this the first time and it’s a success otherwise I would have taken this excuse to go back to less healthy breakfast 😀 Thank you!

  76. I absolutely love this helpful article on how to make oatmeal. I typically used to use the pre-made packets of oatmeal but realize that those are not the healthiest. I now make stovetop old fashioned oats every morning following her directions and love changing up the flavours every now and then.

  77. I love it. I’ve been following you since 2014 and you’ve a huge inspiration to start cooking healthy at home. can’t be thankful enough, Mrs. Yumna ! I wish you all the best

    1. Hi Feras – You are so amazing and I’m amazed you’ve been following me for 6 years!!! So thankful for amazing followers like you who provide feedback and enjoy the recipes. It makes me so happy that you’re cooking healthy at home!! THANK YOU!

  78. I don’t normally comment on this kind of stuff but I have to say this recipe changed oatmeal for me.
    It always resembled chewy, tough, gruel and I actually swore off it a few months ago.
    But, I was convinced it was good for me so I tried again.
    I have just finished the best Oatmeal I have eve had in my life. I am converted. I shall spread the word, and the recipe, from on high!
    It’s so simple and absolutely delicious. I never dreamed I would say that about oatmeal.

    1. Hi Dave – I’m so thankful for you taking the time to comment on the recipe. So glad that you enjoyed it and that you’re now an oatmeal fan! If you follow me on Instagram, I show a bowl of oatmeal everyday for breakfast almost. It’s so satisfying and delicious!!

    2. me too i never eat oatmeal but this was my first time qnd it was quite goo I mean really Fantastic amazing good great recipe

  79. This is such a great oatmeal for morning breakfast. Definitely must and should try. Thank you feelgoodfoodie..

  80. This is by far the best oatmeal recipe I have tried. It’s nothing short of a 5/5 rating. It’s simple and comes out great every single time. Thank you so much dear author for sharing this with everyone. May God bless you with happiness and success 🙂

  81. My every day comfort is Organic Jumbo oats, made with water…then add 1tsp raw honey + 1tsp coconut oil, 1tsp all-spice/cinnamon and bring gently back to the boil…add in 1 tbsp natural bio yogurt & a banana (squished in the skin for ease of mashing) or other fruit ie blueberries; mix & enjoy?…
    I have named this cosy cinnamon Coconut Oil Very Incredibly Delicious oats…cosy cinnamon COVID oats…a must for every healthworker?

  82. Peruvian kid here making oatmeal for the first time thanks to your recipe. Thank you very much, it was super easy to make and really tasty!

  83. MY version of @feelgoodfoodie’s oatmeal with banana, PB, mini semi sweet chocolate chips and cinnamon- it’s DELICIOUS and QUITE filling!

    1. I’m not a dietician, but everything I’ve read is that it’s very safe. Just make sure to watch out for what sugary items you add to the top. But simple oats and water or milk is very nutritious. Please check with your doctor to confirm.

    2. Disclaimer: I’m not a diabetic, but i think a have a good knowledge of nutrition.

      So with that said. I would recommend going low carb as much as possible. Carb are turning to glucose, which is not good for diabetics.
      I had insulin resistance and my doctor then said to me go low carb. After lots of research i learnt about the chemistry behind it. You will not spike insulin when you eat low carb diet And oats are carbs, even when they don’t have sugar or anything sweet.

      I personally am doing Keto regiment and i feel great benefits. No sluggish feeling, no power crash around 14h, clear mind, my stomach is not bloated, no water retaining

      Nevertheless oats are always a bomb <3 Even if i can't personally enjoy them.

  84. First time in my life I’ve enjoyed porridge thanks to you! Found this recipe through your Instagram account and made it all the way over here in London!

  85. thanks for the instructions! Is the texture different if cooked in the microwave rather than in the stoverop? Thanks!

  86. Assalam u alaikum Yumna
    I live in pakistan and just heard about oats in TV advertisements
    When i firstly thought for a healthy breakfast oats just clicked into my mind
    I made a search on google and here I am on your page
    Your article was really beneficial, I got to know many new things and complete knowledge about oats and now I am convinced to try this mouthwatering recipe of chocolate peanut butter oats .I hope it works out

  87. I was amazed at how well this turned out in the microwave. Honestly took less time than boiling water for the sugary packet oatmeal! I made a PB&J oatmeal. Added a dollop of peanut butter, strawberry jelly, and fresh sliced strawberries and almonds. Then a little drizzle of agave because I like it sweet. It was SO GOOD!! Hearty and perfectly cooked, perfect consistency. THANK YOU!!!

  88. Usually, I’m not a fan of oatmeal, but after going through this your recipe here on how to prepare it, I’m tempted to try it out, of which i will surely do. Thanks once more for this.

    1. Finally! A recipe that works and tastes great! I made mine with a whole cup of milk, but will try half and half next time. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla into the milk while it was boiling. Yum! Looking forward to making this at work in the microwave (now that I know proper time and ratio)!

      1. Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! It’s the best feeling when you have the right ratio and timing and then you can make it all the time with different toppings. Enjoy!!

  89. I never knew there was a recipe of cooking oatmeal the right way (that is tasty). I will apologize to all the oatmeal I’ve made in the past that was beyond human consumption. May you rest in peace dear oatmeal, now you have become tasty once again! Long story short. Thanks for this recipe.

  90. It does seem a little runny at times but the oats taste great and adding nuts, fruit, chia seeds, etc. seems to absorb that extra liquid. Thanks for sharing! You are my go-to when I am making new things.

    1. Yes, it can be a little runny at first, but it dries up when it settles and you can definitely adjust it to you preference. Thanks so much for the kind feedback. I appreciate it!

  91. Thanks for this delicious recipe. I was curious as to when we could put flax seed and chia seeds in there? Also, with the maple brown sugar, could you add to recipe right after you take off heat but before you cover for 2-3 minutes?

    1. Hi Brooke – Yes, you would add those toppings after it’s cooked. But you can certainly add them after you take off heat and cover for a couple minutes too…either way is fine!

  92. THANK YOU. My husband made the NASTIEST oatmeal and turns out he was totally cooking it incorrectly. Now I love it! But when do you add the salt? While it’s cooking or after? Thanks!

    1. Hahaha that’s so funny! I’m so glad you’re making it correctly now!! And you add the salt while it’s cooking or before placing in the microwave.

  93. My dad use to make us kids oatmeal, that clumped up. I have never been able to do that. My oatmeal is always in separate oat pieces. You know what I mean? How do I get it to clumped up?

    1. You have to make sure that you allow it to bubble up, whether in the microwave or on the stovetop. That’s how you’ll get it to clump up. I hope that helps!

  94. Quick oats are just cut up regular oats. Not necessarily more processed in a negative way. You can make quick oats yourself by putting them in your blender. Food for thought.

    1. So glad to hear that it’s helpful! And oatmeal is so amazing for your health, so happy to see you’re eating it!

  95. Yum! I have oatmeal for dinner too! It is nice to have a pantry meal in the cupboard that is quick and easy to make and fills me up! Thanks for the recipe, I am going to try the chocolate peanut butter next!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! It’s one of my favorite meals and I can also have it anytime of day! I love how many different ways you can customize it. Hope you like the chocolate peanut butter one!

  96. I just had major bowel surgery and have discovered oatmeal is my new best friend! Delicious with great health benefits.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you discovered oatmeal and that it’s helping you after your surgery! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  97. I recently stored my oats in a storage container so I no longer had directions. I followed this recipe and I actually ate my bowl plain. I loved it