Thursday, May 1, 2014

How to Make 4 Different Oatmeal Recipes with One Pot

Every weekend, I prepare several servings of oatmeal to heat up throughout the week for breakfast. This either requires me to make a big batch and eat the same oatmeal every day of the week, OR spend half an hour making multiple different recipes and cleaning an annoying amount of pans.

As it turns out, you can make FOUR kinds of oatmeal from one batch, and you'll only have ONE pan to clean afterwards! This is valuable if you prepare your oatmeal for the week like I do, or if you are preparing for a group of people who all want different kinds of oatmeal.

The easiest way to do this is to pick a main ingredient or "theme" that the oatmeal recipes in common. For me, it was (surprise, surprise...) banana. My four bowls below are Banana Chai, PB&J, Lemon Poppy Seed, and Banana Bread.

Can you believe Lemon Poppy Seed and Banana Chai can come out of the same pan??

Here's what to do:

  1. Start by preparing your oatmeal according to the directions. I used steel-cut oatmeal, so I used 4 cups liquid and 1 cup oatmeal.
  2. Let cook for at least ten minutes on medium or medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. If you have any ingredients that all recipes will have in common, add now (I added mashed banana). Don't forget a couple pinches of salt!
  4. Once the oatmeal reaches the right consistency, scoop it out into the tupperware container you're going to store it in one serving at a time. (If you're serving a group, you can just put them into bowls instead of tupperware.)
  5. Add the ingredients for a specific recipe into one of the containers of oatmeal and stir it in with a spoon or fork. Repeat with other three containers.
  6. Done! Do not add special toppings (nuts, coconut, etc.) until serving.

**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!


  1. This is so good to know! I often make two different batches of oatmeal each morning and have thought about doing this exact process, but was concerned it would come out less flavorful. Now that I know you use this technique I will have to give it a try!!!

  2. Do you refrigerate the rest and heat it up again when you want to eat it? Sorry if this might sound silly (a newbie in kitchen).

    1. Yep! They last in the fridge for a week. Certain recipes can even last a few days beyond that!

  3. Do you use the microwave or the stove to heat it up in the morning? And for how long?

    1. Either. I microwave for 1:30 or reheat on the stove for...5-ish minutes? Depends on whether your stove is gas or electric (gas heats faster). I didn't have a microwave last year so I would put my oatmeal on the stove on low (for a gas stove) while I washed my face and did my makeup (about a 3-5 minute process). When I returned to the kitchen, it was usually ready to eat!


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