I am so excited to show you how to make THE BEST oatmeal ever, both on the stovetop and in the microwave. This oatmeal recipe is creamy, healthy, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. It makes a warm, comforting breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours.
Oatmeal is super popular in my house. We like it in all forms; overnight oats, steel-cut oats, oatmeal muffins, baked oats, and oatmeal pancakes!
There are so many ways to make oatmeal taste good, but this recipe may just be my favorite. I’ve been making it like this for years (remember my kid’s favorite oatmeal) and can confirm that it really is THE BEST.
The secret to making super creamy, fluffy oatmeal is bananas + egg whites. The bananas make the oatmeal sweet and creamy, while the egg whites make the fluffiest oats you will ever eat.
But don’t worry, if you don’t like bananas or egg whites, I promise to offer some substitutions so that you can still enjoy this warm and comforting breakfast.
How To Cook Oats On The Stove Top:
Making oatmeal on the stovetop is super easy to do and cooks in under 10 minutes. This recipe is for two people.
- Start by adding 1 part rolled oats, 2 parts water, 1 chopped banana, and a pinch of salt to a small pot.
- Give it a stir, turn the heat high, and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat down low.
- Add in 1/3 cup cold water and stir to temper the oats. This is super important because it reduces the temperature of the oatmeal so the egg whites don’t scramble when they hit the pot.
- Stir in the egg whites, continuing to stir until the oats look creamy and opaque.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until creamy and heated through.
- Sprinkle in some cinnamon and transfer to your favorite serving bowl.
- Top with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and hemp seeds (or with whatever topping you love!).
This oatmeal is also great for meal prep. So try scaling the recipe up and then storing the extra in individual, airtight glass containers. They will happily last up to 5 days stored in the fridge!
How To Cook Oats In The Microwave:
If you are in a hurry or just want to make a single serving of oatmeal, try making your oatmeal in the microwave. Here’s what you do:
- Place 1/3 cup oatmeal, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 chopped banana, and kosher salt in a microwave-safe dish. I like to use these spouted glass cups.
- Pop in the microwave and cook for 1 minute.
- Slowly stir in the egg whites, stirring continuously.
- Cook for an additional minute in the microwave, or until cooked through and creamy.
- Stir in some cinnamon, transfer to your favorite bowl and add toppings.
- Eat and enjoy!
Keep in mind that all microwaves vary, so you may have to experiment a bit to get the timing down. The most important thing to remember is not to let the oats get too hot the first time they go in the microwave. You want them to soften a bit and warm up, but if they are too hot the egg whites will scramble (and that is NOT what you want!).
Steel Cut Vs. Rolled Vs. Quick Oats
- Steel Cut Oats: This is the whole oat groat cut into smaller pieces with a steel blade. It’s the most unrefined type of oatmeal and also takes the longest to cook. The texture is dense and chewy which makes these oats very satisfying.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: In between steel-cut oats and quick oats, rolled oats are the steamed and rolled flat. They still maintain their integrity and are considered a whole grain. This is the oatmeal I use most often and the one I use for this recipe.
- Quick Oats: This is a more processed form of oatmeal because they are parboiled so they can cook quickly. Your body tends to break them down more quickly so they don’t keep you feeling satiated for very long.
Substitutions and Add-Ins
- Don’t like bananas? Sub them with chopped pear or apples.
- Not a fan of egg whites? Sub the water with 50% oat milk + 50% coconut milk for a creamy base (sans the whites!).
- Want more protein? Stir in a half scoop of your favorite protein powder to the finished oats.
- Stir in raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, or dried cherries to add more flavor to your oats.
Use this recipe as a baseline and then adjust to make it your own. Add in your favorite ingredients or seasonal favorites!
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How To Make The BEST Oatmeal | Stove Top + Microwave
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1+1/3 cup water, cold
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Combine oatmeal, 1/3 cup water, banana and salt in a small pot. Stir and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the remaining 1/3 cup of cold water.
- Slowly stir in the egg whites, continually stirring until the oats look opaque.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the oats are creamy, tender and heated through.
- Serve topped with extra sliced bananas, hemp seeds, and peanut butter. Enjoy!
I have been putting an egg in my oatmeal for years. But I never use only the whites because in my firm opinion that would remove the most nutritious (and tasty, creamy) part of the beautiful egg. I plop the whole egg into the hot oatmeal and whisk very quickly to incorporate the egg completely.
Here’s another thing I do that makes the oatmeal SUPER creamy. I grind whole oats in my hand-crank grain mill to a nice “meal” the texture of cornmeal. I make about a quart of this “meal” and keep it in my kitchen cupboard. Of course this grinding could be done with a food processor as well. Anyway, this makes the oatmeal nearly like custard with a little oaty texture–SO good! I also add chopped nuts and dried berries.
I’ve never tried it with banana. I now have to try that; sounds intriguing.
Thanks, Dani for your continued creative cooking ideas.
Hi Ann! Thanks for all the tips… they sound great! I hope you get to give the banana a try!
I totally forgot to mention (and this is very important). I put the oat(meal) into cold water in the pan first and stir vigorously to release the starch from the grain and then I continue to stir (I use a whisk) all the way through til and including the addition of the egg. If you don’t keep stirring you will get lumps.This is the secret to very creamy oatmeal. It only takes a couple of minutes to do all this. Cheap, fast, nutritious.
Great tip! thank you.
This was so easy and delicious. Wish you had a link to email so I could send it to friends.
Thaks Angie, so glad you enjoyed it. I will look into adding that link:)
I really loved this recipe if yours. I’ll tell my mom to make this for me. This is wonderful ❤️
So glad you liked this one!! enjoy it.
The most delicious vegan oatmeal ever! Thank you for the vegan substitutes. 🙂
I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for taking the time to share and leave a review 🙂
Really the best!! Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts, and I wish I’d seen this recipe earlier. I tried it out this morning, and it was unbelievably better, simply by adding egg whites and cooking the banana in with the oatmeal, rather than just adding it as a topping afterward. I love that it adds some extra protein, as well. Thanks Dani!! You’re my go-to blogger now, every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has been amazing and so easy to incorporate into my day to day life. You’re the best!
Wow! Thanks Nina 🙂 I feel the same way about this oatmeal + am SO glad you enjoyed it.
Will this recipe work for steel cut oats?
Marge Teilhaber says
I don’t think so. Won’t work with oat groats either.
Can you make a big batch of this and meal prep it for A few days ? Never thought to add egg white to it for Protein !
OMG so delicious!! I love how quick and easy the single serving in the microwave is!!! This is going to definitely be a breakfast staple for me!!!
I love this recipe and make it frequently! What a great way to increase my protein intake. Thanks, Dani!
Creamy, filling, and delicious!! Added choco chips and walnuts and my 4 year old named it “Chcoo chip cookie ice cream oatmeal”… the ice cream label is bc it is so creamy. 😉 I used a whole egg and stirred vigorously the entire time as I don’t know what to do with just a leftover egg yolk. Dani— how long will this keep in the refrigerator?? Made a big batch to microwave tomorrow morning but would this last a few days?? Thx!!
Just read it in your post— last up to 5 days refrigerated. 😉