Homemade Instant Oatmeal With Variations

Homemade instant oatmeal with berries

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 7 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
70 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 18mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As much as we love oatmeal, we don't know why we didn't make this before now. This mixture is just the way we like it, and the texture is very much like our favorite brand (which happens to be a store brand). And it's so easy!

A mixture of rolled oats, quick oats, and ground quick oats give this homemade instant oatmeal more texture than some of the leading brands, and it's very adaptable. For maple and brown sugar, drizzle with a little maple syrup after cooking. Or add dried or fresh fruit or berries, or spice it with a little cinnamon.

You may also make the oatmeal without the brown sugar. Just add sugar or brown sugar, if desired, when you cook the oatmeal.


  • 3 cups quick oats (divided)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned, or use more quick oats if you prefer smoother oatmeal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Put 1 cup of the quick oats in a food processor or blender with the brown sugar and salt. Pulse a few times until quite fine.

  2. Combine the brown sugar-oat mixture with the remaining quick oats and rolled oats. (This recipe makes about 15 ounces for approximately 10 1/3-cup (1.4 ounces) servings.)

To Cook Each Serving

  1. Measure 1/3 cup of the instant oatmeal mixture into a microwave-safe bowl. Add about 2/3 cup of water or milk. Microwave on HIGH for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. 

  2. Stir and let stand for a minute to thicken. 

  3. Top with berries, maple syrup, vanilla sugar, cinnamon sugar, and/or more milk. 

Recipe Variations

  • Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal: In a greased slow cooker, combine 2 cups of steel cut oats with 6 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of applesauce, 1/3 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar, chopped cranberries or raisins. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add 1/2 cup of light cream or half-and-half and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Blueberries and Cream: Add 2 tablespoons of dried blueberries and 1 tablespoon of powdered coffee creamer to each serving.
  • Apple Cinnamon: If you did not add the cinnamon to the mixture, add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped dried apples to each serving.
  • Strawberries and Cream: Add 2 tablespoons of chopped dried strawberries and 1 tablespoon of powdered coffee creamer to each serving.
  • Peaches and Cream: Add 2 tablespoons of finely chopped dried peaches and 1 tablespoon of powdered coffee creamer to each serving.