How to make oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of those breakfast staples that stands the test of time.

We all know it is nutritionally great, easy on the pocketbook, and nearly universally loved, but there are things that keep us from grabbing for the oatmeal canister.

  1. It’s messy…and I don’t want to spend the time trying to chip dried on oatmeal from a pan that I forgot to rinse(or even worse, cleaning a scorched pan bottom because I had to go wipe a child’s bottom instead of stay chained to my stove stirring).
  2. It also takes a lot of time, and if you don’t stand by the stove and stir, stir, stir, you end up with problem #1 which involves trying to get scorched on oatmeal from the bottom of an otherwise nice pan.  NO BUENO.

So what usually happens?

A couple of things either you just chalk it up as too difficult and don’t make it or you reach for a prepackaged oatmeal packet.

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The problem with the oatmeal packet is that it ALWAYS has a bunch of added junk in it, even if you didn’t buy the sugary flavored oatmeals.

Take for example this list of ingredients from a Store Brand Plain Flavor Instant Oatmeal:

Ingredients: Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Oat Flour (Whole), Calcium Carbonate, Sugar, Salt, Dextrose, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Ferric Phosphate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid

I don’t know about you, but I want my oatmeal to have ONE ingredient:

Ingredients: Whole Grain Old Fashioned Rolled Oats


So how do you make oatmeal so that you get the convenience of those tempting instant oatmeal packets, but keep the integrity, and frankly the better taste and consistency of a stove cooked oatmeal?

So watch as I show you how to make oatmeal without a pan, without being a slave to the stove, but with all the convenience of those instant oatmeal packets:


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 So first I’ll give you a recipe you can print out and then I’ll share a couple other time saving tips and some fun flavor ideas!

Mess Free No Cook Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
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Make Oatmeal without a pan, without a microwave, and with all the delicious oatmeal flavor but tons of convenience. Recipe makes one adult serving.
  • ½ cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Important, do not use quick oats or instant oats, they will not work)
  • 1 TBSP dried fruit (or substitute with other add-ins)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Optional sweetener to taste
  1. Put a teakettle of water on to boil while you prepare the jar (s).
  2. Into a pint sized mason jar add oats, add ins, and optional sweetener.
  3. When teakettle boils, add 1 cup boiling water to the jar, give a quick stir, and immediately cap.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes and go walk away and do whatever else you need to do for the morning.
  5. When timer sounds, come back and add in any other add-ins such as cream, butter, coconut oil, etc.
  6. Enjoy amazing oatmeal without having spent a ton of time on it!
*Make multiple servings by making up more jars of this recipe.
*Recipe dry ingredients can be mixed ahead in the jars and grabbed for quick and easy breakfasts.
*When you finish eating, give your jar a quick rinse, for NO MESS cleanup!

 It is also a great idea to make the dry ingredients up in the jars ahead of time, too, to save even more time in the morning.  Just add all the dry ingredients (including sweetener and dry fruits) and cap until you want to eat, then add hot water!

To keep the meal completely mess free, just give the jar a quick rinse right after you finish eating, and you’ll completely avoid the annoyance of stuck on oatmeal.

Some really fun add-ins to experiment with are:

  • Dried fruits (raisins, dates, diced apricot pieces, dried cranberries)
  • Small frozen fruits (like raspberries or blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are too large)
  • Freeze dried fruits (we especially like freeze dried raspberries in our oatmeal, when using freeze dried fruits, add another tsp of boiling water)
  • Coconut, cocoa, flavor extracts, spices, essential oils (1 or 2 drops of a food safe brand like Young Living), the sky is the limit!

So I hope you enjoy the convenience, money savings, and delicious nutrition of this easy to make oatmeal method!

I can’t wait to hear how YOU dress up your oatmeal in a jar!  Please share in the comments!

And NOW you know how to make oatmeal!