How to Make Quaker Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a healthy choice for breakfast because of its high fiber and low glycemic content, which promotes good digestion and helps you feel fuller longer. Although eating a daily bowl of oatmeal can be boring and unappetizing, the recipe can be altered by roasting the oats, or adding milk, sweetener, fruit and spices.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Cinnamon or vanilla extract
  • Sweetener
  • Salt
  • Water or milk
  • Pour one cup of water or milk into a medium saucepan, put on high heat, and bring to a boil; add salt if desired. Stir in oats and bring back to a boil.

  • Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a creamier option, reduce heat to a simmer, cover with a lid and let sit for 20 minutes.

  • Remove oatmeal from heat and stir in a pinch of cinnamon or a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir in fresh fruit or dried fruit, such as bananas, blueberries, raspberries, raisins, apricots or apples. If desired, add a sweetener such as honey, maple syrup or brown sugar.

  • Remove from saucepan and pour into a bowl.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try roasting oats before making oatmeal by cooking in a skillet on medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes, until browned.
  • For another option, dried fruit, sweetener and spices can be added to the water in the beginning, and then brought to a boil.
  • For a raw, chewier variety, simply put dry oats in a bowl, pour in warm water, stir until sufficiently soaked and add sweetener or fruit.
  • Be aware of what type of Quaker oats you buy, instant oats and quick oats have faster cooking times than old-fashioned oats.

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