Fruit Oatmeal

Homemade oatmeal tastes so much better than instant oatmeal. This recipe is so easy and delicious that you won’t miss the convenience factor of instant oat packets. The addition of fresh fruit adds a bright flavor and texture.

There was a time in college where I was not eating the typical ramen diet, but mainly oatmeal with water because we didn’t have much room to store milk. I now prefer my oatmeal made with milk because it helps give a base flavor and adds creaminess. I have adapted this recipe from Taste of Home’s Oh-So-Good Oatmeal to include a half-and-half mixture of water and almond milk.

Cooking apple oatmeal

Granny Smith apples are the best to use as they cook to tender quickly here and give a subtle tartness. This recipe is flexible to your tastes because you can swap out the apples for whatever fruit you have on hand. I have experimented with combinations of fresh fruit on hand, as well as frozen fruit. If substituting apples, make sure it’s chopped and add fruit after removing from heat in step three.

You can add in any kind of nut for a crunchy topping. For a nuttier flavor, try toasting your nuts for a few minutes in the oven before sprinkling.

Fruit Oatmeal



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  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats

  • Pinch of salt

  • ⅛ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ⅛ cup chopped nuts, optional


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water and milk to a boil.
  • Add the oats, apples, and salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Cover and let stand for 2 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with chopped nuts, if desired.


  • Use any fresh or frozen fruit on hand in place of apples. Chop up strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc. and add after removing from heat in step 3.
  • Leave the skin on the apple for added fiber.
  • Toast your nuts before adding. Chop, spread on a baking sheet, and pop in a 350F oven for 6-8 minutes.
  • Use apple pie spice instead of cinnamon.
  • Drizzle maple syrup over each serving.

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