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Start your mornings off with Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal! Packed with whole grains and a warm maple and brown sugar flavor that you can’t resist!

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This recipe is inspired by the Quaker Instant Oatmeal flavored packets! My favorite flavor is the Maple and Brown Sugar flavor and this homemade oatmeal recipe tastes just like it. This oatmeal recipe doesn’t have any highly processed ingredients and you most likely already have the ingredients in your pantry now.

The instant oatmeal packets are loaded with sugar so you can control the amount of sugar that goes into your oatmeal! You can customize your own flavors of this oatmeal depending on your cravings.

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This hearty Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal starts with wholesome oats. I use old-fashioned oats however, you can also use quick-oats for an even quicker breakfast!

Once the oats are fully cooked they get coated in maple syrup and brown sugar- perfection. This oatmeal can be ready in less than 10 minutes so you can even make this on busy mornings.

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I like to double this recipe for leftovers! I love breakfast that will last me a few days during the week- it makes mornings extra easy and convenient. This oatmeal will be just as good and creamy the next morning.

After you make the oatmeal, place any leftovers in an airtight container and when you are ready add to a microwavable safe bowl and heat for 30-60 seconds (depending on your microwave). This oatmeal will be good for up to a week in the refrigerator. I currently have some in my fridge now!


Old-Fashioned oats: these oats are the least processed. After steel-cut oats get rolled into flat flakes, you get these old-fashioned oats. Cooking time is 4-5 minutes.

Quick-oats: these oats are old-fashioned oats that are rolled thinner and cut into pieces resulting in the oats having a quicker cooking time. Cooking time is about 2-3 minutes.

Instant oats: these are the oats that are used for the instant oatmeal packs. I prefer using quick-oats or old-fashioned oats instead. Instant oats are the most processed oats out of the 3 so the texture of the oatmeal will be different. Cooking time is 30-60 seconds.

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The topping possibilities to this oatmeal are endless! I also love to eat my oatmeal with fresh berries. Some other options you could use are chopped nuts, chocolate chips, honey, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and sprinkles (fun for a birthday breakfast!).


  • Old-fashioned oats or Quick oats
  • Water
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon

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Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Start your mornings off with Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal! Packed with whole grains and a warm maple and brown sugar flavor that you can't resist!
4.35 from 26 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brownsugar, maple, oatmeal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • fresh berries; optional


  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add in the oats and stir occasionally for 5 minutes until the oats have started to thicken.
  • Add in the maple syrup and brown sugar, stir until combined. Stir in a dash of cinnamon and add oatmeal to bowls and enjoy. Top with fresh berries and enjoy!
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  1. If using quick-cooking oats instead of old-fashioned rolled oats, the oats will cook much faster. 
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  1. 5 stars
    I love simple and classic recipes, and this one reminds me of my childhood! I’ll be making it again and again for my own kids! Delish!

  2. 4 stars
    If you want this to really taste like the packaged kind you loved as a kid just add a splash of vanilla extract (and I also double the amount of brown sugar).

  3. 5 stars
    first time leaving a food review. its rare my children to eat a healthy nutritionist breakfast other than the occasional Weetabix and tried a few different oat recipes but this one is the best one by far we all loved it i used honey instead of brown sugar and fruit on side we prefer on side than mixed in the oats

  4. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe. I added a sprinkle of salt to enhance the sweetness and some peanutbutter to mine for some added protein.