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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

Low SodiumLow PotassiumLow PhosphorusLow ProteinVegetarianDiabetes-FriendlyHeart HealthyEgg-FreeNo ShellfishNut-FreeAmericanBreakfast
1 cup
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories154 cal
  • Total Fat2.6 g
  • Saturated Fat0.4 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium155 mg
  • Carbohydrate Total27.4 g
  • Protein5.3 g
  • Phosphorus166 mg
  • Potassium149 mg
  • Fiber4.1 g
  • Calcium28 mg


  • 1 cup water or low-fat milk, plus more milk for serving (1 ounce)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar, optional
  • Pinch cinnamon


Unlike quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oatmeal has time to turn extra-creamy and luscious with just a few minutes more of cooking time. With a bit of milk and the toppings of your choice, old-fashioned oats can be your go-to morning staple for filling, healthy breakfasts.


  1. Stovetop: Combine water (or 1 cup milk) and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Microwave: Combine water (or 1 cup milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir before serving.
  3. Top with milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits or nuts, if desired.


  • Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.
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