How to Make Perfect Oatmeal

A classic staple breakfast has never even easier or more delicious. This Perfect Oatmeal can be made for anyone's oatmeal preferences & has a million ways to be served and enjoyed. The possibilities are endless.

Oatmeal is one of my very favorite staple breakfasts to run to any time of the year, any morning, and for any cause. I just love it. There are so many things you can do with oatmeal to dress it up or dress it down, and my favorite way to make it is on the stove. It takes about 5 minutes to pull together. It doesn't get easier than that.

I know there are many love / hate relationships with oatmeal out in the world, but I believe that those hate relationships just have never been fed The Perfect Oatmeal. 


Each person likes their oatmeal differently. I never grew up eating it super thick and like wallpaper paste. Some people love that consistency, while that grosses me out. I also don't love it when it's slimy. So, I have my own way of making it that is perfect for me, and I could eat it just about every day this way. 

If you've written off oatmeal - don't fully rule it out just yet. Try it this way before giving it up forever. 

How I Came to Like Oatmeal

I've always struggled with textures and food, and I love when dishes have a variety of textures in them. I get bored and sometimes grossed out if everything is all the same texture. It can grow to be too monotonous for me. So, I discovered that the perfect way for me to tackle this in oatmeal was... adding crunch to it. 

That is how I fell in love with adding granola to my oatmeal. It was the perfect solution to my texture problem. I already adore granola, and I adore almond butter. I also love bananas. So, adding all of these to my oatmeal - helped to create enough added texture to my oatmeal to keep me interested and not grossed out or focused on the actual texture of the oatmeal.

Plus, when I learned about the cooking time of the oatmeal being a big culprit of gloopy oatmeal... that was a big turning point too. I was careful in how long I cooked my oatmeal for. I really, REALLY wanted to love oatmeal. So, after years of trial and error - I am finally here. and, I love this. I really do. This is My Perfect Oatmeal.

 My personal favorite oatmeal toppings are:

- Almond Butter (I love the salted, creamy almond butter from Trader Joe's)

- Homemade Granola with Dried Fruits, Nuts, and Rice Cereal

- Sliced Bananas or Strawberries

I always top my oatmeal with lots of varying flavors, colors, & textures.

I am all about texture, and so having all these added textures and flavors keep each bite different and keep me going back for more. This oatmeal is by far the best I have ever had or made. I would pay good money for this in a restaurant, but I'm glad that I don't have to! 

Ingredients Needed for Homemade Stovetop Oatmeal:

- Oats: I use old fashioned rolled oats, and I make sure that mine are gluten free. However, you can use quick cook oats. I just use rolled oats for the added nutrition and fiber.

- Milk or Water: I either use lactose free whole milk or oat milk - whatever I have on hand. But, water works great, too. I just do milk for some added nutrients and protein.

- Maple Syrup or Honey

- Vanilla

- Cinnamon

- Salt


How to Make Easy Homemade Oatmeal:

1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the milk or water and bring to a simmer.

2. Add the oats, maple syrup (or honey), vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and stir.

3. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the oats are tender and the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency. 

If the oatmeal has thickened too much for your liking, just add a bit more water or milk. If you like yours on the thicker side, continue to cook it until it reaches your preferred texture. 

On the hunt for other breakfast ideas?

- These Savory Ham & Cheese Muffins are a huge winner in my family and are definitely kid and picky-eater approved. They are loaded with cheese, pieces of ham, bits of green onions, and lots of flavor. Yum, yum, yum.

- If you're needing something fast & easy, these Blueberry White Chocolate Protein Bites are perfect for you. They take about 5 minutes to throw together and are packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients to keep you going. Not to mention that they taste.. sooooo... good.

- Love your morning cup of coffee & want a treat to go along with it? These Blueberry Orange Biscotti with Pistachios (gluten free & regular options) are just the perfect thing. I keep a bag of these in my freezer at all times, too. If a friend stops by for coffee, I grab two out & we enjoy them with our coffee. It's amazing & so convenient. So. stinking. good.

- Morning Glory Muffins are an absolute staple in my house, and I keep my freezer stocked with these muffins. Packed with nutrition and flavor, they have fruits and veggies to keep you full, satiated, and help you get your daily vitamins in. They're so tasty that even your kids won't realize they're eating a pretty healthy muffin. 

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