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Probably for as long as my kids have been old enough to eat solids, oatmeal has been one of our go-to breakfasts. Admittedly, I would buy the packaged oatmeal because it was easy enough that we could make it before running out of the door to drop the kids off at school and get to work. But over the years, I realized that it’s just as easy to make homemade oatmeal as it is to make it from the package. It’s also less expensive and you know exactly what ingredients are going in.
We have tried different variations of this homemade oatmeal and finally found the version that we love the most. It’s easy to make and we can make it in different variations, depending on what we want on top, so we never get tired of it. You can also leave out the mashed banana if you or someone you’re making it for isn’t a fan of banana. I find that it gives the oatmeal a bit of extra sweetness and the flavor isn’t overpowering.
I make my homemade oatmeal with almond milk, because I love the creaminess of it. But you can make it with any type of milk you prefer and it will taste just as delicious!
You’ll want to make sure that the banana you are mashing is very ripe. You know those bananas that are too soft for most people to want to eat, but are super sweet and still very delicious?! Yes! Those are the ones. If you choose to add sliced banana to the top, you’ll want those to be yellow and at the ripeness where anyone is glad to eat one straight out of the peel.
Depending on how you like the consistency of your oatmeal, you can adjust the recipe.
Do you like your oatmeal on the wetter side? If so, let it sit a little less and serve it immediately. You can also add in a little extra milk if you prefer.
Do you like your oatmeal more solid, like we do? Just let it sit until it’s at the perfect consistency, or if you’re in a hurry, add extra rolled oats in.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it your own and exactly how you like it.
There are so many different topping options. Fresh fruit is always a hit in our house. You can also choose to make it sweeter with chocolate chips, or a spoonful of peanut butter. If you like a little added texture, nuts, chia seeds or granola are great!
Here are a few of our family’s favorite toppings:
Fresh strawberries and bananas
Fresh blueberries and bananas
Fresh bananas, walnuts and chocolate chips (similar to chocolate chip banana bread)
Fresh diced apples and cinnamon
To make it a bit easier, here are the steps in photos.
Step 1: Heated milk
Step 2: Milk, oats, cinnamon and brown sugar
Step 3: Combined ingredients from Step 2
Step 4: Added mashed banana and pure maple syrup
Step 5: Mixture fresh off the stove
Step 6: After oatmeal has sat for 7 minutes
Step 7: After oatmeal has sat for 10 minutes
Step 8: Oatmeal with toppings
Easy Homemade OatmealPrint
No more packaged oatmeal for you! This easy recipe can be completely customized to your family’s taste. Choose the toppings you love and enjoy!
- 2 cups of milk (I prefer almond)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Heat milk in a saucepan until bubbles form along the edges.
- Stir in oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Lower heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat.
- Mash the banana and add to the oatmeal, along with the maple syrup.
- Let sit until it’s your desired consistency.
- Serve in bowls with toppings of your choice.
Topping options include:
- sliced bananas
- fresh berries
- chocolate chips
- drizzled maple syrup
What is your favorite oatmeal topping?
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