creamy oatmeal

oatmeal with strawberries

4.9 from 27 reviews


for the oats:

  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats (gluten free ones, if necessary) [75g]
  • 1½ cups water [355g]
  • 1½ cups your milk of choice* [355g]
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Toppings (e.g., macerated fruit, chopped nuts, spices, etc.)

for the strawberries:

  • 8 oz container strawberries [225g]
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar [25g]
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sumac (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. For the oats: Bring the oats, water, milk, and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan* over medium heat, stirring every minute or so. Once it comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid thickens and the oatmeal softens. It will start out watery, and at a certain point it will noticeably thicken (e.g., the bubbles will get bigger), while still remaining very pourable and creamy. Leave it uncovered the whole time, and be careful not to let it bubble over.
  2. Pour into bowls and let it cool off for a few minutes (it will thicken a little more after a couple minutes). Add your favorite toppings at the table (here, pictured with chopped walnuts and macerated strawberries).
  3. For the berries: Hull and quarter your strawberries, place in a jar along with brown sugar, cinnamon, sumac, and salt. Shake together until evenly coated, and place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes, up to overnight.
  4. Spoon the berries and rendered syrup over your oats.


* Feel free to use whole cow’s milk, or any vegan milk. Coconut milk is one of the strongest tasting vegan milks, so only use it if you’d like some coconut flavor to come through (if you’re using coconut milk, use the kind from a carton in this recipe—you can use the kind from a can, but you need to water it down to turn it into something more like the kind in the carton).

** If you’re using a wide pan instead of a small saucepan, you may need to add a bit more water as it cooks (more water will evaporate from a wide pan).