Homemade Oatmeal

A few months ago, I started eating homemade oatmeal every morning for breakfast. Not only does eating oatmeal daily have a ton of health benefits, but I feel full longer when I eat oatmeal for breakfast. A few weeks ago, I tried to eat a pre-packaged oatmeal and threw it away after a few bites. I’d always liked packaged oatmeal, but after living on homemade, I couldn’t stand the taste and texture of the packaged kind. Here is how I make my morning oatmeal.

homemade oatmeal

  • Combine: 1/3 C old fashioned oats (not quick oats), 1/6 cup dried fruit, 2t dark brown sugar and 1/4 t cinnamon (if you have fresh fruit, omit the dried fruit and top oatmeal with fresh fruit after it is microwaved).
  • Top with 2/3 C water
  • Microwave for 2 minutes
  • Stir in cold milk to cool it down a bit and get it to your desired¬†consistency.
I like the homemade not only for the overall flavor, but because I can add large pieces of dried fruit. My favorite additions are raisins, freeze-dried strawberries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried apples and dried berry mix. I use these in many combinations. To make your life easier, when you have some spare time, mix all your dry ingredients together into individual zipper storage bags. This makes having homemade oatmeal as convenient as the packaged kind, but with far more health benefits and a much better taste. 

9 Responses to “Homemade Oatmeal”

  1. February 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Here in Australia it’s summer, too hot for oatmeal, but sounds nice. Almost like muesli. I like to cook my oats in milk, not water and add yogurt for the cooling and flavour.

  2. Peace Pines Studio
    April 27, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Mix a box of oatmeal, butter, maple syrup, honey, & dried cherries. Bake 15-20 minutes for your ready to pour milk on & eat cereal. Store in fridge or freezer

  3. January 15, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Hi there,

    sounds yummy!

    Here in Ireland this is a necessity nearly year round where something is needed to warm you up!

    With porridge you can also cook it on the hob, slowly on a lower heat – still only takes about 10 -15 minutes or so (for a large pot) and it tastes even better!

    I add a pinch of salt, a dab of butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a chopped apple. By the time the porridge is cooked, you have cinnamon apple porridge with gently stewed apples. The kids love it!

    Love you blog!

    • The Pink Apron Blog
      January 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Sounds delicious! Thanks, April!