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How to Make the Perfect Oatmeal

Learn how to make the perfect oatmeal for breakfast indulgence or a fiber-loaded dessert. These 4 tips guarantee the creamiest and most delicious oatmeal ever! 
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup old fashioned or rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • A pinch sea salt (fine crystals), optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons heavy cream (or coconut milk for a DF version)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (or more if desired) You can replace this with another sweetener of your choice


  • In a saucepan, combine oats, water, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and stir constantly with a pointed wooden spoon or the handle end of a wooden spoon.
  • Let simmer, while stirring, until cooked (about 5-10 minutes). If using steel-cut oats this will take around 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, heavy cream or coconut milk, and sweetener.
  • Enjoy by itself or with a topping of your choice!

Recipe Notes

  1. Tips adapted from Jaime Oliver.
  2. Mix/Topping suggestions:  Mixed with apple sauce, spices, cocoa powder, Nutella, or peanut butter to your cooked oatmeal. Topped with blueberry sauce, chocolate chips. dried fruits and/or chopped nuts, fresh berries, banana rounds and honey drizzle, preserves,  a smear of butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar for a caramel-like flavor, etc. The options are endless! ;)
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