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Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

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The whole family will love this brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal! This perfect breakfast combines nutritious oats with sweet flavor that everyone enjoys, plus it’s ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. Add a homemade latte or lavender latte for a super cozy breakfast.

Busy mornings call for an easy, satisfying, and healthy breakfast, be sure to try avocado toast (a personal favorite!), peanut butter toast, acai bowls, 5-minute breakfast board, sourdough French toast, or lox and bagels next time.

Bowl of cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal with nuts and berries.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  • Delicious breakfast that’s sweet and cozy
  • Nutritious whole grain meal
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Easy to adjust sweetness to everyone’s preferences
  • A healthy breakfast is ready in less than 10 minutes
Bowl of homemade brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal with strawberries.


  • Milk – I recommend using whole milk for creamy oatmeal, but you can use your favorite variety. Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or your preferred milk will all work.
  • Water – This is used for cooking the oats – I tested using all milk, and found a combination of milk and water worked best. If you prefer, you can make it with all water and then finish with a splash of milk when serving.
  • Oats – I recommend using old fashioned oats, but you can also use quick cooking oats or quick oats, you’ll just need to adjust the cooking time. You could also use steel cut oats, but know it will take a lot longer to cook. Try my pressure cooker steel cut oats and then you can add in the flavor.
  • Salt – Salt might seem odd in a sweet breakfast, but a pinch of salt helps bring out the sweetness in this oatmeal and adds flavor.
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar is obviously a must in this brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal recipe! You can adjust the amount to personal taste. You can also sweeten the oatmeal with maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Cinnamon – Also a must and can also be adjusted to personal taste.
  • Chopped nuts – Optional, see below for other topping ideas.
Ingredients to make brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal.

How to Make Oatmeal

This is an overview on how to make oatmeal, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Heat liquids. Bring milk and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Cook oats. Stir oats and salt into milk mixture and lower heat. Cook over low heat for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.
Oatmeal cooking in small pot.
Flavor oats. Remove oats from heat and stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.
Oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar in bowl.
Serve. Divide into bowls, drizzle with additional milk or heavy cream (a favorite at our house) if you like, and add any desired toppings.

TIP: If you think this might be too sweet for you, start with half of the amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. Add more to taste.

Bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal with nuts and berries.

Additional Topping Ideas

Looking to add some crunchy texture or filling nutrition to your homemade oatmeal? Try some of these topping ideas:

  • Chopped nuts – Walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • Seeds – Chia seeds or hemp seeds would add nutritious crunch
  • Peanut butter – Or other nut butter like almond butter or cashew
  • Sliced fruit – bananas, apples, pears, strawberries, or blueberries would all be delicious
  • Granola – Sprinkle your favorite granola on top
  • Sweet flavor – Add in a little vanilla extract or top with dried fruit like raisins or cranberries or a few chocolate chips if desired


Is oatmeal gluten-free?

Oatmeal is naturally gluten-free, but it is often cross-contaminated with wheat, so if you need to eat gluten-free, be sure to seek out gluten-free oats.

How many carbs in oatmeal?

Per half cup of dry oats, there are 27 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber.

Is there protein in oatmeal?

Yes! Even though it’s definitely considered a carb, each half cup of dry oats has 5 grams of protein. Add in some other protein sources for a filling breakfast!

Storage Instructions

Store leftover cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat leftover oatmeal in the microwave or a small saucepan until heated through.

Can you freeze oatmeal?

Yes, you can freeze oatmeal (try using souper cubes!) and freeze for 2-3 months. Reheat until hot before serving.

How to prep oatmeal ahead

You can also prep this oatmeal ahead so that all you need to do is reheat it in the mornings. Simply double or triple the recipe (you can do this in the recipe card!) and then divide into storage containers. (A big batch will take a little longer to cook as you have more oatmeal.) Store in fridge and reheat in the morning.

Bowl of homemade brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal with strawberries.

What to Serve with Brown Sugar Oatmeal Recipe

This easy breakfast recipe is enough for a full meal, but try one of these sides or additions to make it more satisfying:

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Bowl of homemade brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal with strawberries.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

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Everyone loves this homemade brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal! It’s cozy, sweet, and a nutritious start to your busy day. 


Units Scale
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (add more to taste)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring milk and water to a simmer.
  2. Add in oats and salt and cook over a low simmer for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Divide into bowls and serve.


  • Adjust brown sugar and cinnamon according to your own preferences. 

Keywords: brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal

Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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