Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

This oatmeal is a healthy twist on the classic instant “Maple and Brown Sugar” oatmeal you can find in the supermarket!


Honestly, the main difference between this recipe and the pre-packaged is the list of ingredients: while the Quaker version has at least 10 different ingredients, many of which you may not be able to pronounce, this oatmeal only includes a few whole ingredients!

Plus, I decided to kick this recipe up a notch by topping it with pecans and apples! Because sure, maple and brown sugar oatmeal tastes great all by itself. But does it look super appetizing? Unfortunately not. So why not create a breakfast that will both taste and look delicious?

Maybe it’s just me, but I always enjoy something more if it looks as good as it tastes! 😉


So why settle for the same old instant oatmeal, when you could DIY the oatmeal yourself, and create a breakfast masterpiece along the way!?

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  • 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 c water (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbs pecans, chopped
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Spread pecans over a small pan and broil in the oven for 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, add oats and water (or milk) to a small/medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add vanilla and stir. Bring heat to medium and stir every 30 seconds until most of the water has been absorbed. Add maple syrup and salt (if desired). Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar and toasted pecans. If desired, you can chop an apple and add that to the oatmeal as well, or leave it as-is. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (from

Calories: 136

Fat: 7g

Carbs: 17g

Protein: 3g

(Yields about 5c granola, or 20 1/4 c servings)


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