When it comes to an expensive breakfast that stretches a long way, few things beat oats.  I’m more of an eggs and toast kind of gal, but when the budget gets tight, oats are my best friend.  I use them for baked oatmeal, muffins, and energy bites, but the most economical way to cook oats is just a simple pot of warm oatmeal cooked on the stovetop.  Stovetop oatmeal

If you are still using the microwavable instant oatmeal packs, stop.  It’s loaded with sugar, really doesn’t save that much time, and it is more expensive than cooking bulk oats.  Plus it doesn’t taste as good as when you make it on the stovetop.  

To make a yummy pot of oatmeal, I combine 4 cups of water with 2 cups of old fashioned oats.  I bring it to a boil, reduce to a simmer and then let cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the oats are tender.  

Stovetop oatmeal

Stovetop oatmeal






Lastly, I take it off the heat and add my toppings.  Sometimes I add milk or almond milk, butter, peanut butter, cocoa powder, chia seeds, maple syrup, blueberries, peaches, apples, cinnamon, nuts, coconut, or anything else that tickles my fancy that particular day.  
It’s a warm comforting nutritious breakfast in the morning.

Stovetop oatmeal

Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • desired toppings: real maple syrup honey, coconut, apples, cinnamon, peanut butter, etc.


  1. In a saucepan, combine oats and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to simmer and let cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until oatmeal has thickened and reached the desired texture.
  3. Add sweetener, coconut oil or butter, and other desired toppings.
  4. Serve warm.