Unlike quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oatmeal has time to turn extra-creamy and luscious with just a few minutes more of cooking time. With a bit of milk and the toppings of your choice, old-fashioned oats can be your go-to morning staple for filling, healthy breakfasts.

Erin Alderson
Source: EatingWell.com, December 2018


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stovetop: Combine water (or milk) and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Microwave: Combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir before serving.

  • Top with milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits or nuts, if desired.


Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

150 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 27g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 4g 16% DV; sugars 1g; fat 3g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; folate 19.5mcg 5% DV; calcium 27.2mg 3% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 42.4mg 15% DV; potassium 152.4mg 4% DV; sodium 152.4mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.