Oatmeal is one of the great breakfasts – not only is it packed with nutrients, it’s also easy to cook and can be customized to your heart’s content.

Yield 2 servings
Time rolled oats: 6 to 8 minutes
steel-cut oats: 15-20 minutes
  • medium saucepan with lid
  • wooden spoon
Ingredients Rolled oats oatmeal

  • ¾ c rolled oats
  • 1½ c milk or water
  • ¼ t salt

Steel-cut / Celtic oatmeal

  • ½ c steel-cut oats
  • 2 c milk or water
  • ¼ t salt
Directions Combine oats, milk or water, and salt in the saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer (for rolled oats) or a medium boil (steel-cut oats) and cook until tender.
Notes Milk can burn if the heat is too high, so keep an eye on the oatmeal, especially if using steel-cut oats. Or you can use a double boiler, though the oats will take longer to cook.

Oatmeal toppings

  • berry sauce
  • butter
  • buttermilk
  • brown sugar
  • chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • cream
  • fresh or dried fruit
  • honey
  • jam
  • maple syrup
  • milk
  • nuts
  • peanut butter
  • sunflower or sesame seeds
  • yogurt
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