Old-Fashioned Oatmeal


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.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup

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


  • 1 cup water or low-fat milk

  • Pinch of salt

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk for serving

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar for serving

  • Pinch of cinnamon


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

    a recipe photo of the Old Fashioned Oatmeal in a bowl with peaches and raspberries
    Sonia Bozzo

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
3g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 42mg 10%
Potassium 152mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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