Stovetop Oatmeal with Quaker Oats

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Making stovetop oatmeal with quaker quick oats is really simple and something kids just love. But, the beauty of oatmeal is in all the toppings!

I am not a fan of oatmeal… Nope. I don’t like it really. No matter what it tastes like cardboard to me.

My son on the other hand… loves it so much and practically begs me to make it.!

So, I’ve had to learn how to make stovetop oatmeal a few different ways until we’ve found what works for him.

I used to use just water but was given a tip one time to use a little milk in the pot to add some creaminess. Boy, that made a difference for him!

Making Stovetop Oatmeal with Quaker Oats

Here’s where his love of oatmeal all started…

Any time we visit my grandmother she usually makes a huge pot of steel-cut oatmeal the night before we have breakfast. The true and real “overnight oats” but the steel-cut oat version.

On the morning of breakfast, we would reheat the oatmeal, add a slice of butter, a smidgen of salt, and then top it all off with some brown sugar and whatever else was on the table that morning.

I never understood the salt, but I do know that it makes a significant difference.

Maybe it’s the salty-sweet thing going on?

Either way, he loves it and so I had to figure out a way to replicate it without having to fix it the night before or spend 20+ minutes cooking it in the morning.

little girl stirring her stovetop oatmeal with quaker oats

How to Make Stovetop Oat Meal

First: Get Your Ingredients

You want to just go ahead and get all your ingredients out that you’re going to need.

  • Quaker Oats
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Sugar (we use Lakanto)
  • Toppings

Second: Put Ingredients In Saucepan

You’ll want to add your oats, water, milk, salt, and sugar into the saucepan and give it a good stir.

Turn the heat on medium and let it cook for approximately 5 minutes or so. Some folks like mushy oatmeal and some folks like more crunchy oatmeal.

It’s really a preference thing.

Also, if you like it runny you might want to add a little more water or milk to the pot!

Third: Serve and Top

Once your oatmeal is finished cooking separate it into bowls and allow the family to add whatever toppings they like.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Maple syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Cubbed apples
  • Bananas

Have fun and explore what you can create with different ingredients.

Related post: Budget-Friendly Gluten-Free Recipes

little girl stirring her stovetop oatmeal with quaker oats

Stovetop Oatmeal with Quaker Oats



  • 1 cup Quaker Oats Oatmeal
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Lakanto Golden Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup


  • Cranberries
  • Almond Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Bananas
  • Cubed Apples
  • Blueberries


  1. Add 1 cup of Quaker Oats oatmeal in a pot with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 a cup of milk and stir to combine. Add in 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of Lakanto Monkfruit Golden sweetener and stir.
  2. Turn the heat on medium and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the oats are done (time can depend on how big your pot is).
  3. Once the oatmeal is done cooking add in some maple syrup to your sweetness desire. If you're adding toppings you can add them now.
  4. Enjoy your oatmeal!

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