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This quick toasted oats recipe is a lower-sugar alternative to granola. Serve it on top of yogurt with sliced fresh or frozen berries. You can double the recipe easily; just be sure to use a large skillet.

Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2020; updated October 2022


Recipe Summary

10 mins
30 mins

What Type of Oats Can Be Used for Cinnamon-Toasted Oats?

We used rolled oats for this recipe. There are three types of oats—steel-cut, rolled and instant oats. Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, go through a flattening process after removing the oat hull. This process gives them a softer texture and reduces their cooking time.

How to Serve Cinnamon-Toasted Oats

One of our favorite ways to enjoy these quick toasted oats is on top of yogurt with sliced fresh or frozen berries. Top a Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait with cinnamon-toasted oats instead of granola, sprinkle them on Mixed-Berry Frozen Yogurt Bark or try them on an Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl. Enjoy it in your cereal, on top of a salad or as a quick snack.

How to Store Cinnamon-Toasted Oats

Refrigerate in a covered, airtight container for up to 4 days.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil and butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats and stir to coat. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg; continue cooking and stirring until the oats are light golden brown, about 4 minutes.

  • Remove from heat; sprinkle with brown sugar and stir evenly to coat. Spread out on a plate to cool completely before serving or refrigerating in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Nonstick skillet

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup
140 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 15.3g; dietary fiber 2.2g; sugars 2g; fat 8.1g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 5.1mg; vitamin a iu 60.2IU; folate 9.9mcg; calcium 15.2mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 20.5mg; potassium 79.2mg; sodium 0.7mg; added sugar 1.5g.