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Six Bowls of Oatmeal on a Gray Counter with Different Fruits, Nuts and Nut Butters on Top

Oatmeal

Whether you're working with the stove or your Instant Pot, this is the Oatmeal to make! Featuring 6 fun flavor ideas, you can make any kind of oatmeal with this recipe. It's fool-proof!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade oatmeal, how to cook oats, how to make oatmeal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 321 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

Base Recipe

  • 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

Instructions

Stovetop Oatmeal

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

    A Silver and Navy Blue Pot Filled with Old-Fashioned 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.

    Divide into bowls and serve with (dairy-free) milk and sweetener, if desired.

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Almond Joy

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

    Top view of a bowl of almond joy oatmeal with a spoon

Apple Cinnamon

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

  2. Divide into bowls and 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.

    Top view of a bowl of apple oatmeal with a spoon

Banana Nut

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

  2. Divide into bowls and 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.

    Top view of a bowl of banana oatmeal with a spoon

Blueberry

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

  2. Divide into bowls and serve with more milk as desired and top with fresh blueberries and almond butter before serving.

    A Bowl of Blueberry Oatmeal with a Wooden and Copper Spoon Inside

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. Divide into bowls and serve with more milk and top with a drizzle of peanut butter, jam, freeze-dried berries and chopped peanuts before serving, if desired.

    Top view of a bowl of Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal on a grey background with a spoon

Strawberry

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

    Top view of strawberry oatmeal in a white speckled bowl with a spoon on a grey background and a red napkin

Instant Pot Method

  1. USE THESE MEASUREMENTS: 3 cups of rolled oats, 5 1/2 cups of liquid.

  2. 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.

    Top view of steel cut oats in a instant pot on a grey background
  3. Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes.

    An Instant Pot on a Counter Set to 4 Minutes of Cook Time
  4. 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.

    Instant Pot Oatmeal in a Bowl with a Small Golden Spoon Inside

Recipe Notes

Nutritional info does not include toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 12g48%
Protein 13g26%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.