Sick of boring bowls of oatmeal? Me too! This guide shows you how to make oatmeal plus three healthy oatmeal recipes so you never get bored! From maple brown sugar, chocolate peanut butter, to berries and cream, there is something here for everyone!
How do you make oatmeal taste good?
Well my friend, I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve on how to make oatmeal *actually* taste good. See this caramelized banana oatmeal as proof! It’s an art I’ve mastered over the years and I’m here to share it with you! No more bland mushy bowls of oats for us!
- Creaminess: Every good bowl of oatmeal needs a certain degree of creaminess. That’s why I generally like to cook my oats with some sort of non-dairy milk instead of just water.
- Sweetness: Even if you’re trying to cut back on your refined sugar intake, there are lots of ways you can sweeten your oats! Mash up a banana, throw in some apple sauce, or add a touch of maple syrup or honey to spruce things up. This part is important!
- Flavor: Even if you get the first two steps down, you still need to add something to add depth of flavor to the oats. That’s why I’ve included three easy oatmeal recipes so you never get bored. I love using cinnamon, cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, berries or coconut to keep things exciting.
- Saltiness: Last but not least, you need just a *touch* of salt. Really, just a small pinch and it will take your oats to the next level. It balances out the sweetness and creaminess and just makes oatmeal that much better.
How to make oatmeal
- ON THE STOVE→ While a lot of oatmeal recipes suggest bringing the liquid to a boil before adding the oats, I find it’s easier and just as effective to add all of the ingredients to a pot and bring it to a boil at the same time. That being said, for these recipes, just add all of the ingredients to a pot (aside from the toppings).
I always suggest using a 1:2 ratio of old fashioned oats to liquid. For the liquid you can use either non-dairy milk, water, or a combination of both. Once it comes to a low boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer until it reaches your desired thickness. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- IN THE MICROWAVE→ To make oatmeal in the microwave, you’ll want to use the same ratio of oats to liquid, so 1:2. Add all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.
Try to use as deep of a bowl as possible as the oats have a tendency to boil out of the bowl at times and we certainly don’t need a big mess first thing in the morning! Microwave for 90 seconds – 2 minutes or until your desired consistency has been reached.
The three easiest and best oatmeal recipes
- MAPLE BROWN SUGAR→ You can’t talk about oatmeal without talking about the OG maple brown sugar oatmeal. Such a classic. To make this recipe, add the dry old fashioned oats, water, almond milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut sugar and a pinch of salt to a pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for about 5 minutes or until it has reached your desired consistency. Top with additional coconut sugar and sliced banana.
- CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER→ It really doesn’t get any better than chocolate and peanut butter, does it?! To make this simple but delicious recipe, combine the old fashioned oats, water, almond milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let simmer until it has reached your desired consistency. Taste and add more cocoa powder if desired. Top with peanut butter and enjoy!
- BERRIES & CREAM→ I’m a little lad who loves berries and cream. If you know what I’m referencing let’s be friends. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve guessed it, but for this recipe you want to add the old fashioned oats, water, almond milk, vanilla extract, honey and pinch of salt to a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, stir occasionally and cook until it is your desired thickness. Top with fresh berries of choice and a dollop of coconut cream.
A few notes on these healthy oatmeal recipes
- You can you make this oatmeal and reheat it very easily. Just keep it stored in a tupperware container, then add it to a pan on the stove or in the microwave with a splash of water or milk to keep it from drying out.
- Feel free to adjust these recipes to your desired sweetness. This is a breakfast recipe after all, and I didn’t want to go overboard!
- Each recipe serves one, but feel free to double or triple the batch so you have breakfast recipe for the week!
- Once prepared, these oatmeal recipes will store in the fridge for about 3-5 days.
Try these other gluten free breakfast recipes!
- High protein quinoa breakfast bowl
- Healthy baked PB & J oatmeal recipe
- Mashed sweet potato breakfast bowl
Lastly, if you make one of these healthy oatmeal recipes, leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out! Be sure to follow me on instagram for more recipes and daily eats!
How To Make Oatmeal
- 1 cup dry old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Chopped nuts (banana, brown sugar, yogurt and/or cinnamon for topping)
- Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a low boil.
- Reduce heat to low and let simmer until thick, stirring occasionally. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
- Once it has reached your desired consistency, remove from heat and add any toppings of your choice. I like doing a maple brown sugar style oatmeal, so I add a sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts and banana.