I used to buy the Quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal packets for breakfast. Once I started cooking more naturally, I ditched the packets and learned how to make oatmeal on the stove. This oatmeal is delicious, quick and super easy to make. It calls for quick oats rather than old fashioned oats, which need a little longer to cook. (If you prefer old fashioned oats, see the note at the bottom for instructions.) If you or someone in your family likes instant oatmeal packets maybe you can convert them to the real thing with this recipe.
This recipe uses maple syrup instead of brown sugar for the sweetener. I also add cinnamon because it adds great flavor and has many well known health benefits. It is known to lower blood sugar, help fight allergies, act as an anti-inflammatory, and have a positive impact on your immune system, just to name a few.
I looked when I was last at Kroger and the box of Quaker oatmeal packets cost $2.69 for 10 1.5 oz packets. At Sprouts, buying oatmeal in the bulk bins costs $0.99 a pound and I usually stock up when it’s $0.69 per pound. Even with the other ingredients used to make this recipe it is definitely cheaper to make oatmeal at home. And of course it tastes better and is healthier too.
You can also save the leftover oatmeal. My 6 year old likes to take some in his thermos for lunch. When I re-warm oatmeal, I add a teaspoon or two of milk and warm it in the microwave. If weekday mornings are buys for you, make extras on the weekend and eat the leftovers during the week.
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup milk
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 cup quick oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon (or more if you like a strong flavor)
- 1 - 2 T maple syrup
- toppings of your choice: toasted nuts, raisins, or fresh fruit
- Add water, milk and salt to a medium saucepan. Once it begins to bubble, stir in the oats.
- Cook over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes to thicken.
- Add cinnamon and maple syrup and stir to combine.
- Top with toppings of your choice.
2. You can use all milk or all water for the liquid. I use part water because it keeps the calorie count down and decreases the amount of dairy. (I like to save my dairy allotment for cheese because I LOOOOVE cheese!)
3. I actually prefer old fashioned oats to quick oats because they are thicker but my kids prefer the quick. If you like old fashioned oats you can use those; you just need to cook them for about 5 minutes before removing it from the heat.