Nutty Raisin Oatmeal {a.k.a. how to cook perfect oatmeal every single time}

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Today I’m sharing one of my families favorite breakfasts, this irresistible Nutty Raisin Oatmeal – a recipe that your family is sure to love too.

This hearty stove-top oats recipe is filled with chewy raisins, crunchy nuts, brown sugar, and butter shows up on our breakfast table at least a couple days each month – if not more often than that.

How To Cook Oatmeal - the classic comfort food for breakfast that starts the day right!

My family’s love of oatmeal is a well-documented thing. You can check out the 40+ oatmeal recipes on this website for proof of that.

As I wrote this post, I checked the recipe index for this site and realized that I’ve posted a half dozen different oatmeal recipes just over the past year.

Baked, Slow Cooked, Soaked, and in the Crockpot are just a few of the ways that we love to eat oatmeal.

This is the perfect recipe to teach you how easy it is if you’re new to the stovetop method of cooking oatmeal. It requires hardly any more effort than the instant kind and tastes far and away better than anything that comes from a packet.

To make oatmeal from scratch, simply bring rolled oats, water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a saucepan covered with a lid. Simmer the oats until the water is fully absorbed and the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency.

This whole recipe will only take a few minutes. Keep in mind that if you want a chewier texture, you should cook your oats for less time. If you prefer a creamier texture, continue cooking your oats a while longer.

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Old Fashioned Oats vs Steel Cut Oats

The oats in this, and many of my favorite stovetop oatmeal recipes, call for rolled oats. Rolled oats are sometimes called old-fashioned oats and take just minutes to cook unlike steel cut oats (sometimes called Scottish Oats).

Steel cut oats take a bit longer to cook (up to 30 minutes), so be sure to use plain old rolled oats when following this recipe.

While they don’t cook as quickly as other breakfast recipes, steel cut oatmeal recipes are definitely worth making. I love steel cut oats in Baked Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal and Peach Oatmeal with Cranberries and Almonds.

To have steel cut oats ready to go by the time you wake up, give this Overnight Steel Cut Oat Recipe a try, too.

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Oatmeal Add Ins

Traditional stove top oatmeal is still the most frequently served hot breakfast in my home. One of the reasons we love it so much is that it’s so easy to take the same basic recipe and make it taste wildly different depending on what you add in.

A while back, I started adding nuts to our usual bowls of oatmeal with raisins. The nuts add a soft bit of crunch with the creamy oats and the chewy raisins.

Adding a favorite sweetener is a big part of creating a delicious bowl of warm oatmeal that everyone will enjoy. In this and many of my oatmeal recipes, brown sugar is my go-to ingredient. Maple syrup, honey or agave nectar are also wonderful sweeteners.

A plate of food, with Oat and Oatmeal

Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg can add an excellent note of flavor to a plain bowl of oats. This recipe has plenty of natural flavor from the nuts and raisins so I don’t usually feel the need to add any additional spices but I use them often in recipes like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Carrot Cake Oatmeal.

Just about any fruit and nut combination has made its way into a bowl of oats at our breakfast table at one time or another. Sliced bananas and blueberries, pears and peaches, raspberries and apricots, all can turn a simple bowl of oats into a special treat. Dried fruits like the raisins in this recipe are always a hit as well.

Oatmeal Recipes

Oatmeal recipes can be simple, featuring just a touch of your favorite sweetener and fruit, or full of every favorite add-in like in my Holiday Oatmeal that includes all sorts of dried fruit, fresh apples, nuts, and spices.

Some of us have even been known to turn our breakfast into dessert, like in this Chocolate Breakfast Oatmeal.

A pat of butter on top of a bowl of creamy warm oats just before serving is a marvelous addition. The taste of warm butter melting on top of creamy oats and sweet raisins is hard to beat first thing in the morning!

Hearty stovetop oatmeal is so easy to make and can be changed up with endless flavor variations! get some fresh new ideas at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Nutty Raisin Oatmeal Recipe

  1. Place the oats, salt, and water in a small saucepan. Cover with lid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Immediately uncover, stir and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Let it simmer just until the water is absorbed and the oats are as creamy or chewy as you like.
  3. Stir in the nuts and raisins and scoop into bowls. Stir in the sweetener of your choice, butter, and a splash of milk if desired. Serve immediately.

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Hearty stovetop oatmeal is so easy to make and can be changed up with endless flavor variations! get some fresh new ideas at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Nutty Raisin Oatmeal

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Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup raisins I used half golden and regular raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • brown sugar honey or maple syrup, to taste
  • butter as desired
  • splash of milk as desired

Instructions

  • Place the oats, salt and water in a small saucepan. Cover with lid and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Immediately uncover, stir and reduce heat to lowest setting. Let it simmer just until the water is absorbed and the oats are as creamy or chewy as you like. This should only take a few minutes. Stir in the nuts and raisins and scoop into bowls. Stir in the sweetener of your choice and butter if desired. Add a splash of milk, if desired and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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{originally published 5/17/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/1/19}

Nutty Raisin Oatmeal - the ultimate EASY breakfast recipe that kids and adults will love!

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Rebecca Subbiah says

    funny there was a big discussion on the chow and chatter facebook page last night about how folks make oatmeal and topping s he he you would love it

    great and healthy breakie

  2. Anonymous says

    Mary, I can not thank you enough for all the recipes especially the dozens of oatmeal recipes you have sweetly provided!! My children love them!

    Ruthie Emery Nicholas

  3. Kathryn Doherty says

    This looks amazing! We are huge oatmeal lovers in my house and I’m gonna have to try this nutty raisin version soon. 😊 And thanks for including my chocolate breakfast oatmeal! XO5 stars