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How to Make Oatmeal

How to make oatmeal: your complete guide for how to make oatmeal with milk or water and a variety of delicious toppings!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • mix-ins as desired


  • Mix together the oats, milk, salt, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture until it begins to bubble and the oats soften. This should take about 5 minutes and the mixture should look thick and creamy. Add more milk or water if you prefer a thinner oatmeal.
  • Add in any mix-ins that you desire. Sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, or peanut butter make great sweet mix-ins to add. Alternatively, you can consider cheese and herbs for savory oatmeal.
  • Pour the cooked oats into a bowl. Add in any other mix-ins as desired such as nuts, dried berries, or bacon.