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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

  • 15 m
  • 15 m
Erin Alderson
“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.”


    • 1 cup water or low-fat milk
    • Pinch of salt
    • ½ cup rolled oats (see Tip)
    • Low-fat milk for serving (optional)
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar for serving (optional)
    • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)


  • 1 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.
  • 2 Microwave: Combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 2½ to 3 minutes. Stir before serving.
  • 3 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.
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