Sometimes basic is better. At breakfast, that can certainly be the case. These easy oatmeal recipes teach you the basic methods so you get creamy, tender oats every time. The flavorings and toppings are up to you.

Erin Alderson
Source:, 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 for 1 minute. 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 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir before serving.

  • Serve with your favorite toppings, such as milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts.


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; 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.