How to Make Perfect Oatmeal

Years ago I would rip open a pack of instant oatmeal~
heat it in the microwave~
and enjoy it for breakfast.
I always made the instant. I didn't think I could ever make oatmeal from scratch.
My Mother on the other hand has always made the "real" thing.
I'm always asking her to show me exactly how she makes it.
When it gets cold and snowy out~
all I want for breakfast is warm~creamy oatmeal.
You may already know how to make oatmeal from scratch.
If you don't~
and you wanna know~
this post is for you.
Here we go!
Let's make the PERFECT bowl of OATMEAL!
To make oatmeal you'll need 3 basic ingredients:
Oats~Milk~and Salt
Make sure you use good oats. I get my oats from the bulk~bins at the market.
Don't use instant oatmeal.
{You knew that...right?}
This recipe makes one serving.
If you're serving two...then just double the recipe.
You'll also need topping options.
Justin's Almond Butter is perfect for topping the oatmeal~
Maple Syrup too!
Dried cranberries~cherries and apricots are yummy.
Toasted nuts and brown sugar can also be sprinkled. 
Let's get started.
You'll be using a small saucepan. Lightly spray the pan with non~stick spray.
This keeps the oatmeal from sticking and makes the pan easier to clean.
Add milk to saucepan.
Heat the milk until it bubbles.
Add oatmeal to bubbly milk.
 Add salt.
See the spoon~
get ready to use it. 
Stirring the oatmeal and keeping it bubbly is THE KEY to success.
 Bring the oatmeal and salt to a boil.
Set the timer for 4 minutes.
Lower the heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
***Keep oatmeal at a low bubble.***
Gently stir the oatmeal every now and again until timer goes off and oatmeal is thickened.
A little bit of the milk should still be in the bottom of the pan.
Pour oatmeal into your favorite bowl. 
I've been eating my oatmeal out of this bowl for years. 
If by chance the oatmeal looks gooey...just add a splash or two of milk to the bowl.
Add the Almond Butter.
Sprinkle a little brown sugar. 
***Toppings are optional.***
Drizzle maple syrup.
Sprinkle a few toasted nuts or dried fruit.
And there you have it.
You'll never eat instant again~
You can find lots of yummy recipes made with OATS on the OATS Pinterest Board
hosted by Marla at Family Fresh Cooking
If you live in the Northwest...
have FUN in the SNOW!
And eat some OATMEAL!


  1. The oatmeal looks heavenly!!! Look at these gorgeous pics of your furbaby! Doogan is a love!!!

  2. You've brought back a lovely memory Teresa...the joy of coming downstairs on a snowy morning to a bowl of my mother's tummy warming homemade porridge(oatmeal)before going off to school.
    I love it with brown sugar and double cream....I know,I know..naughty....
    but very nice!

  3. Thank you so much!! Will make it this weekend.

  4. Yummy! My Daddy used to make us oatmeal on cold days. He always added a little extra milk, sugar and a little pat of butter. Enjoy your lovely view of the snow.

  5. I make my own oatmeal from scratch, too, but I have NEVER used milk to cook it with. I always use water. I will have to give this a try. I'll bet it is much richer tasting. Whenever the girls sleep over I ALWAYS make 3 Bears Cereal (oatmeal cooked with cinnamon in the water abd with butter on top and raw brown sugar).

    Yum...Yours is sure sounding good to me this morning- xo Diana

  6. OK...

    A. I want oatmeal for lunch.
    B. I love that container for your oats.
    C. PAM?!? Who knew?!? That is genius!
    D. Love, love that bowl...and the linens.
    E. That honey almond butter sounds amazing.

    PS..I always used to by those packets, too. I loved the blueberries 'n cream and peaches 'n cream. Now they seem kind of gross. ;)

  7. Fantastic post! Loving the photos (especially the ones of your furry friend, adorable) and I'm dying for a bowl of oatmeal.

  8. OH we had oatmeal today too!..Steel cut!
    Great Pics of Doogan...we have tons of snow here in B.c.!
    Crazy about your Jadeite dishes...Love them!

  9. Can't wait until morning when I can cook my oatmeal:) Love this post. Enjoy your snow- it is so beautiful. Hope you are doing well and I loved your holiday posts with the family. Bless you dear friend!

  10. Returned to tell you that I bought the oats yesterday. Will be buying almond butter today..the rest sit pretty at home...can't wait to try this out :)

  11. I have always used water as well,,, until this morning. Oh my oatmeal was so yummy. Thank you for this recipe, it will be my standard now!
    Lisa from Dothan

  12. I would love for you to link this recipe up to my Famous Linkz Party!

    Heather aka Made Famous By

  13. I will be making this as soon as I can get out from this snow!! I can't believe how much we got out here at the end of the Earth in Kingston. I love the pictures!! I am obsessed with Pintrest! Hope you are doing well and when I get some time away from the babies lets do coffee at Blackbird :)

  14. I am so in LOVE with your perfect oatmeal!! Great technique and I love mixing in all that hot milk. Never ever instant oats again! So glad you are in the Oats! Pinterest board too...
    Love the photos of Doogan & great miss en place. I am in love with your favorite oatmeal bowl too. Wherever did you find that green milk glass. Probably vintage?

  15. It's official. Tomorrow I'm going out to buy oats and I WILL finally make a proper bowl of oatmeal. I've been judging it by those envelopes for years, which really isn't fair, is it?

  16. Just made this for breakfast and o.m.g.... SOOO good! Best bowl of oatmeal I've ever had. My new breakfast!

  17. I love your site and have been having a great time trying all the homemade recipes. I recently started blogging to share updates with family that lives a few hours away. Is there a way I can share your recipes or other posts through my blog? I am new to this and don’t to be stealing or anything. Thanks!

  18. Thank you so much! I have always hated "oatmeal." People would dive into the instant packages and I would try masking the texture with tablespoons of brown sugar. I made this recipe for my daughter and when I tried it, I found myself making a bowl everyday! I will never hate on oatmeal again :)

  19. Do you have this recipe written out somewhere in short form? Hard to try making this in my kitchen while scrolling through this really... LOOOOOOOONNNNGGGGG page. Thanks!