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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, this oatmeal recipe can be your go-to morning staple for a filling, healthy breakfast.

EatingWell.com, December 2018


Credit: Sonia Bozzo

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins

Old-Fashioned Oats vs Quick Oats

Both old-fashioned oats (sometimes called rolled oats) and quick oats are oat groats that are steamed and pressed (or rolled) into flakes. Old-fashioned oats are steamed and pressed a little less than quick-cooking oats which helps them retain their texture when they're cooked. Old-fashioned oats take longer to cook than quick-cooking oats (about 5 minutes for old-fashioned oats vs.1 minute for quick oats)

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

Can I Substitute Quick Oats For Old-Fashioned Oats?

Yes, old-fashioned oats and quick oats can be used interchangeably in both baking and cooking. Just keep in mind that the texture of quick oats may be less pronounced in baked goods and that you will have to cook quick oats for less time provided in the recipe for stove-top cooking.

Can I Make Old-Fashioned Oatmeal In The Microwave?

Yes! 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.

Are Old-Fashioned Oats Gluten Free?

The answer is sometimes. 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.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

1 cup
150 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 27g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 1g; fat 3g; saturated fat 0.5g; folate 19.5mcg; calcium 27.2mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 42.4mg; potassium 152.4mg; sodium 152.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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