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The Best Toasted Oatmeal

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


What’s the best oatmeal recipe? This toasted oatmeal takes the cake: it has an irresistible nutty flavor and chewy texture.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk or almond milk, plus additional to serve
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • Maple syrup, to serve
  • Toasted almonds or pecans, to serve (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the oats and toast for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats start to smell fragrant and nutty.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add the milk, kosher salt, cinnamon, and water. Bring to low boil over medium heat. Add the toasted oats and stir gently to combine, then cover the pot, turn off the heat, and allow to sit for 7 minutes.
  3. After 7 minutes, the oats are ready to serve. The texture will be a chewy texture, not creamy as with the stirred method. To serve, top with real maple syrup. Add toasted almonds or walnuts and/or additional milk if desired. Leftovers can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


Note that this method yields for a chewy oat texture, rather than the typical creamy texture. The recipe serves two, so double or triple for ample leftovers. A large pot works best, since it allows the oats to cook evenly. Adapted from Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American