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.

EatingWell.com, December 2018; updated August 2022

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Quick-Cooking Oats vs. Rolled Oats

Both quick-cooking oats and rolled oats (sometimes called old-fashioned oats) are oat groats that are steamed and pressed (or rolled) into flakes. Rolled oats are steamed and pressed a little less than quick-cooking oats which helps them retain their texture when they're cooked. The trade-off is that rolled oats take longer to cook than quick-cooking oats, giving quick-cooking oats an edge if you're in a hurry.

Can I Substitute Rolled Oats for Quick Oats?

Generally speaking, rolled oats and quick oats can be used interchangeably in both baking and cooking. If a recipe calls for quick oats and you only have rolled oats on hand, you can pulse the rolled oats in a food processor for a few seconds to break them down into smaller pieces. If you have quick oats on hand and a recipe that calls for rolled oats, you can use quick oats in their place. Just keep in mind that their texture may be less pronounced in baked goods and that you may have to cook rolled oats longer than the time provided in the recipe for stove-top cooking.

Are Oats Gluten-Free?

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

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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