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How to Make Oatmeal + Healthy Toppings

Learn how to make the perfect bowl of oatmeal! Rolled oats are transformed into a hearty, creamy, and ultra healthy breakfast option that's ready in just 10 minutes. It's an easy oatmeal recipe!
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


Basic Oatmeal

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water, milk, or non-dairy milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water or milk, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, stir in the oats and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the oatmeal simmer for 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, then let it rest for a few minutes. This will give the oats time to absorb the liquid. If they look too dry, stir in a splash more liquid.
    Oatmeal being stirred in a pot.
  • Top your oatmeal with your favorite ingredients then serve!
    Oatmeal recipe with blueberries, bananas, and almond butter.



  • If you're gluten-free: remember to buy certified gluten-free oats. I always buy this brand.
  • To store: Let the oatmeal cool, then place in sealed containers in the fridge for 3-5 days.
  • For freezing: If you want to store it longer, just place it in the freezer. It will stay good for several months.
  • To reheat: Add a splash of water or milk to revive its creaminess and microwave your bowl for about 45 seconds (if previously thawed in the fridge). Give it a stir, and pop it back in the microwave for one more minute until you've reached your desired temperature.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 927IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 3mg