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How to Make Oatmeal with Fruit

The base recipe makes a large amount so you can use it throughout the week. Feel free to cut it in half to make less, or just make one serving at a time using the instructions in the NOTES section below.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 199kcal


  • 3 cups rolled oats (often called "old-fashioned oatmeal")
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
  • milk for serving
  • sliced nuts chia seeds, hemp seeds, nut butter (optional for serving)

Fruit Add-In (choose one)

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches or mango
  • 1 cup raisins, dried cherries, chopped dried apples, or dried cranberries
  • 1 cup applesauce, mashed banana
  • 1 cup shredded apple


  • Heat 4 cups water in a medium pot over high heat.
  • When almost about to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and add the oats, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the oats are softened and the water is absorbed, about 4 minutes. Stir in your fruit of choice. Cook for an additional 4-6 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the water is absorbed.
  • Remove from the heat. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with any additional toppings and milk.


  • Divide the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.
  • Make the base recipe, then stir in your desired fruit of choice when you reheat the portions to change things up throughout the week.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat to serve, adding milk as desired.
  • To Make One Serving in the Microwave: Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup water to heat-safe bowl. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in 2 tablespoons dried fruit or 1/2 cup fresh fruit and cook for an additional minute. Serve with milk.
  • To make with Steel Cut Oats: Use 1 cup steel cut oats and 4 cups water. Simmer on medium-low heat until the oats are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • To Make with Instant Oats: Use 3 cups quick or instant oats and 5 cups water. Simmer on medium-low heat until the oats are soft and the water is absorbed, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Flavor Tips: Mango is particularly good with coconut milk. Shredded apple, applesauce, and banana works well with a dollop of peanut butter. Almond butter is delicious with blueberries and raspberries.
  • Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Dairy-free: Use your favorite nondairy milk.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg