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This quick-cooking recipe makes either 2 smaller or 1 larger serving and can be made ahead and reheated 🙂


  • 1 1/2 cups water (for creamy oatmeal, sub in 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk for an equal amount of water)
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped*
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons honey OR brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruit

* To “chop” nuts in a hurry, I put them in a plastic bag and whack ’em with a rolling pin.

  • Bring the water (or water + milk mixture) to a boil.
  • Add oats, and decrease heat to medium or medium high.
  • Add nuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir.
  • Cook until most of the liquid has been incorporated.

  • Stir in raisins and honey (or brown sugar), and cook until heated through.
  • TO REHEAT: Bring a small amount of water or milk to a boil. Add refrigerated oatmeal, and stir until completely heated.