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Three bowls of Oatmeal with various toppings

How to Make Oatmeal

How to Make Oatmeal, with three of my best recipes! I'm sharing my go-to base recipe plus three variations: berry fresh, blueberry and banana, and Apricot with tahini caramel.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1


Classic Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 pinch salt

Berry Fresh:

  • 1/2 cup fresh seasonal berries
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Blueberry & Banana: 

  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberry plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup shredded apple or 1/2 regular apple
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds optional

Apricots & Tahini Caramel:

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 tsp butter optional
  • 4 dried apricots diced
  • 2 tbsps tahini caramel*
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds black and white
  • 1/4 cup pomegranates
  • 1 tsp honey

*Tahini Caramel: 

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon


Base Oatmeal Recipe:

  • Add the oats, water, salt, and spices (if using)to a small pot, bring to a rapid simmer and stir continuously as it heats up to avoid sticking to the bottom. Once the oats are simmering, reduce heat to a medium-low. Stir occasionally. Cook the oats for 5-8 minutes. Once it's thickened, remove the pot from the heat; the oatmeal will continue to thicken up a bit as it sits. Stir in honey until incorporated and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add any desired toppings of choice.


    Blueberry & Banana

    • Prepare the oatmeal base recipe with the inclusion of cinnamon and shredded apples to the oats.
    • Once the oats are soft and beginning to expand, add the blueberries. Allow the blueberries to heat up, then gently press to release the juices to create a swirl effect: don't over mix or the whole pot will become blueish-purple. Transfer to a bowl.
    • Top your bowl of oats with banana, fresh blueberries, hemp seeds and honey.
    • Enjoy!

    Berry Fresh: 

    • Prepare your oatmeal base recipe with the inclusion of cinnamon. Once you remove the oats from the heat, stir in the vanilla and transfer to a bowl.
    • Top the oats with fresh berries, a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of your favourite granola.

    Apricots & Tahini Caramel:

    • Tahini Caramel: Measure the tahini in a measuring cup. Add the honey, milk and cinnamon. Stir. If the tahini you bought is too thick, add 1 tbsp at a time and mix well and set aside. You're looking for a caramel texture.
    • Heat butter and toast the oats on medium-high heat⏤for about 3 minutes: remove from heat for 2 minutes, then add the water (if you don't remove from heat, you'll cause a rapid boil that will scorch the oats and pot.) This step is optional if you're omitting the butter just move on to the Oatmeal Base Recipe.
    • Continue the oatmeal base recipe with the inclusion of cinnamon and cardamom.
    • Top with dried apricots, pomegranates, tahini caramel, honey and pistachios.


    • Topping ideas are suggestive: Dried apricot can be swapped with dates, banana, & figs—pistachios for almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Feel free to change things up!
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