Good Old Oatmeal

This weekend we made oatmeal for breakfast, and it reminded me what a good, simple and cheap meal this is. Very versatile as well. We topped ours with brown sugar, chopped almonds, and chopped dates, but you can use anything that sounds good – honey, molasses, cream, buttermilk, bananas, mango, chocolate, hazelnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom – the possibilities are endless. This recipe serves about 4 people.

If you don’t have time to make it for yourself in the mornings before work or whatever, make a double batch on a weekend, and keep it in the fridge in individual servings, reheat it on the stove or in the microwave.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3-4 cups water (check the packaging of the oats for exact proportions)
  • Toppings


  1. Bring your 3-4 cups of water to boil in a pot.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, and then add the oats.
  3. Cook oats for 1-2 minutes to toast them slightly.
  4. Add the boiling water to the oats and butter, and cook for approximately 30 minutes with the saucepan covered (again, check packaging of oats for exact directions), stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats.
  5. Dish up the oatmeal into bowls, and add toppings.



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