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Easy Oatmeal - How to Cook the Perfect Bowl of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats with Six Delicious Recipes. A quick & healthy make ahead breakfast for cooler fall / winter mornings with creamy results every time. Includes stovetop and Instant Pot instructions.

Homemade Oatmeal - Six Ways

Ever wondered how to make a perfect bowl of oatmeal in the Instant Pot or on the stove top? With this easy oatmeal guide, you can do both! One oatmeal recipe with 6 variations and instructions for both the stovetop and Instant Pot.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword almond joy, apple, banana, bluebery, chocolate and peanut butter dessert, cinnamon, jam, nut, oatmeal, strawberry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 321 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

START WITH THIS BASE OATMEAL RECIPE FOR ALL THE FLAVORS: (can double or triple for more servings)

  • 1/2 cup rolled old-fashioned oats , gluten-free as necessary
  • 1 1/4 cup liquid water, almond milk etc
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • optional sweetener of choice maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, stevia, erythritol etc.

Almond Joy

  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener (if desired)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut plus more for topping
  • 1 Tbsp slivered or sliced almonds
  • melted chocolate , for topping (optional)

Apple Cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup chopped apples I used gala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener optional
  • drizzled almond butter or date caramel , for topping (optional)

Banana Nut

  • 1/2 well ripened banana mashed well
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice , optional - coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, SWERVE, stevia or monk fruit sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
  • almond butter , peanut butter or date caramel for topping, optional
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut , optional for topping

Blueberry

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter , plus more for topping if desired
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries plus more for toppings

Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar , honey or low carb sweetener, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry preserves, jam or jelly (homemade or favorite brand)
  • 2-3 tablespoons smooth or crunchy peanut butter plus more for topping
  • 1 teaspoon freeze-dried strawberries for topping , optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped peanuts for topping , optional

Strawberry

  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries plus extra slices for topping, if desired
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 slices freeze-dried strawberries optional for topping
  • melted chocolate for topping (optional)

Instructions

TO COOK ON THE STOVE: START WITH THIS BASE OATMEAL RECIPE FOR ALL THE FLAVORS:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the liquid and turn the heat to high. Once the liquid boils, reduce heat to medium-low, add salt and rolled oats.

  2. Allow to cook until thick, creamy and plump (about 10-15 minutes depending on desired level of creaminess), stirring every so often to avoid sticking.
  3. Serve with (dairy-free) milk and sweetener, if desired.

ALMOND JOY

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, stir in cocoa powder, coconut and sweetener, if using until mixed through. Serve with more milk as desired and top with coconut, slivered almonds and melted chocolate before serving, if desired.

APPLE CINNAMON

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, stir in the apples, cinnamon (and sweetener if desired) until mixed through.

  2. Serve with more milk as desired and top with additional chopped apples and a drizzle of almond butter or date caramel before serving, if desired.

BANANA NUT

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, stir in mashed banana and cinnamon until mixed through.

  2. Serve with more milk as desired and top with fresh banana slices, walnuts and a drizzle of almond butter or date caramel before serving, if desired.

BLUEBERRY

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, stir in vanilla, and blueberries (and sweetener if desired) until mixed together.

  2. Serve with more milk as desired and top with fresh blueberries and almond butter before serving.

PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, add sweetener (if using), peanut butter, jam and vanilla until combined.

  2. Serve with more milk as desired and top with a drizzle of peanut butter, jam, freeze-dried berries and chopped peanuts before serving, if desired.

STRAWBERRY

  1. Once base recipe reaches desired level of creaminess, stir in strawberries (and sweetener if desired) until mixed through.
  2. Serve with more milk as desired and top with fresh strawberry slices and melted chocolate before serving, if desired.

TO COOK BASE RECIPE IN THE INSTANT POT:

  1. USE THESE MEASUREMENTS:

    3 cups of rolled oats

    5 1/2 cups of water 

    To avoid sticking, lightly coat the inner pot of your Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray.

    Add oats into the Instant Pot followed by milk.

    Secure the lid and close the vent.

    Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes.

    After the oats finish cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes).

    After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a good stir. Any extra liquid will absorb as it cools.

Recipe Notes

*Please NOTE: Nutritional info does not include toppings

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Oatmeal - Six Ways
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Protein 13g 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.