Enjoy Warm and Hearty Cinnamon Oatmeal for Breakfast in No Time

A warm bowl of cinnamon oatmeal is such comfort food! This rolled oats recipe is easy to make and ready quickly — without the little packets.

homemade oatmeal in a blue and white zigzag bowl with cinnamon sticks

Growing up, I remember my mom used to make the perfect rolled oats recipe. Seriously, I swear she was the oatmeal master.

She’d microwave it to just the right temperature, put just the right amount of milk so that it would be just the right consistency. Then she’d tell me to be careful with the hot center, so I worked my way around the edges first.

It’s also important to note that I never, EVER ate any of the other flavors. Apples and cinnamon? Yuck! Cinnamon oatmeal and spice? Eh, never tried it. And original? Well, who wants original when you can have maple and brown sugar!?

Ah, memories. Even though it was the instant maple and brown sugar Quaker oatmeal — complete with genetically modified ingredients, artificial sugar, and preservatives — I remember it fondly.

Related: Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

Rolled oats recipe with cinnamon

Eighteen or so years later, here I was craving that delicious, warm goodness of maple and brown sugar oatmeal but knowing better than to buy the instant oatmeal of my childhood. And I didn’t want to spend money on organic boxed versions because even those have questionable ingredients. (Though they can make a great alternative in a pinch!)

Simply moving away from the processed quick oats is a huge step in the right direction — especially when you flavor it with real ingredients.

To recreate my beloved childhood rolled oats recipe, I used three simple ingredients (besides the oats): pure maple syrup, a little bit of cream, and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Isn’t that easy?

I love simplicity. I love real food. And I love this rolled oats recipe. You’re all set for a comfort food breakfast to start your day!

Related: Almost-Instant Oatmeal Recipe for Breakfast on the Run

homemade rolled oats recipe in a blue and white zigzag bowl with cinnamon sticks

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homemade oatmeal in a blue and white zigzag bowl with cinnamon sticks

Stove Top Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal

A warm bowl of cinnamon oatmeal is such comfort food! This easy rolled oats recipe is perfect on a cool morning.
3.92 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Loriel Adams


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup adjust according to your taste buds
  • 1 - 3 Tablespoon real cream adjust according to your taste buds
  • Cinnamon


  • In a small pot, bring water and sea salt to a boil.
    1 1/2 cups water, Pinch sea salt
  • Add oats, stir, reduce temperature to low, and cover. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Stir again, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Spoon into a bowl and add pure maple syrup, real cream, and cinnamon.
    1 - 2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1 - 3 Tablespoon real cream, Cinnamon


  • You can add any of your favorite toppings here. Use mine as a jumping off point.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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About the author: Loriel is on a journey to a more natural life and hopes to inspire those around her by writing about her stories on her blog Naturally Loriel. She lives an abundant life with her husband Scott, toddler Andrew, a crazy little Lilly cat and a flock of 8 chickens. She’s a dreamer of self-sufficiency, a lover of all things sweet, and has a knack for story-telling.

4 comments… add one
  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 19:18

    Super tasty and easy to make!

  • Kristina Nov 12, 2015 @ 6:57

    I agree with Candi, soaking the oats really improves the taste and nutrition. I have never put maple syrup or any sweetener in my oatmeal but after reading this I have to try it! I am afraid I might get spoiled and not be able to go back 🙂 I also cook my oatmeal in coconut milk instead of water. It is delicious that way!

    • Kris Bordessa Nov 12, 2015 @ 7:14

      Coconut water – now that’s a good idea!

  • Candi Nov 3, 2015 @ 7:22

    YUM! The only thing I do different is let the oats soak overnight before.

    Makes it creamier and healthier.

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