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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Recipe

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This easy maple brown sugar oatmeal recipe is simple and delicious. So much better than packets and a family favorite breakfast recipe. Made with quick oats, maple syrup, brown sugar and toasted pecans.

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top down image of oatmeal inside of a white dish with cinnamon sticks on the side

Recipe Features:

  • Quick and Easy: This quick and easy breakfast recipe takes less than 10 minutes!
  • 5-Ingredient Recipe: The base is only 5 pantry staple ingredients.
  • Easy to Customize: You can customize this recipe easily to fit your tastes by substituting ingredients or adding mix-in’s!

Did anyone else grow up on individually packaged oatmeal? My mom would always buy a variety box and I would fight my sisters for the Quaker Instant Maple and Brown Sugar packets.

To this day it is one of my favorite flavors. However, we’ve moved on from the instant packs. Making homemade maple brown sugar oatmeal is super simple. All you need is quick oats, water, a dash of brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and ten minutes of your time.

That’s right, I said TEN MINUTES. That is all you need for this easy breakfast recipe. It is filling, family approved, and perfect for busy weekday mornings.

oats pouring into a pot of boiling water

Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal Ingredients

This oatmeal with maple and brown sugar is speedy to make thanks to the quick oats. One minute of cooking in the boiling water and you are ready to go. We love to top ours with fresh blueberries, pecans, almonds, and even peanut butter!

  • Oats: I use quick oats. See notes below for maple brown sugar oatmeal with old fashioned oats.
  • Water: While water works best for us, you can always substitute this with milk for a more creamy finished dish.
  • Brown Sugar: The star of the show. Light brown or dark brown sugar works in this easy breakfast recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: Grab pure maple syrup and not the processed pancake topping (which I still absolutely love, just not for this recipe).
  • Cinnamon- Optional, but a tasty way to spice things up.
Quick Oats boiling in a steal pot

How to make Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal:

Making this recipe is simple, quick, and tasty. Not surprisingly, all of the items required by my ten year old when he is starving in the mornings. We love how easy it is to customize and add in toppings.

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pan.
  2. Stir in your oats and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  4. Serve immediately.
tablespoon filled with brown sugar on a white surface

Tips for this Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal Recipe

What is the difference between Old Fashioned Oatmeal and Quick Cooking Oats?

All oats begin as groats, or kernels of grain that are later processed into different varieties. Meaning that they each provide the same health benefits. What makes each oat variety different is the way they are processed.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal – This version of oatmeal is flat and flaky in appearance and often referred to as rolled oats. They typically take five minutes to cook and tend to soak up more water than quick cooking oats. Old fashioned is the variety I reach for when making granola, cookies, or muffins.
Quick Cooking Oats – Quick cooking oatmeal are rolled oats that have been coarsely chopped. By breaking them down into smaller pieces, you have a quicker cooking oatmeal with a slightly finer texture.

Can you switch old fashioned oats for quick oats in this recipe?

Yes. You definitely can. However, I suggest adding slightly more water and cooking for 5 minutes instead of 1.

Healthy alternatives to sugar in oatmeal:

While this recipe calls for brown sugar, I know that many of you are on the hunt for more healthy alternatives.
Maple Syrup
Ripe Mashed Bananas
Coconut Sugar

What can I add to oatmeal?

Sometimes you need a little extra to help with either filling you up or flavor. Here are our go-to oatmeal mix-in’s for our morning oats:
Fresh fruit of any kind. Banana’s, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. A handful of any of these will go a long way.
Nuts: Toasted pecans, walnuts, or walnuts give a little added protein as well as a nice texture.
Dried Fruit: We have dried banana chips, mangos, and blueberries in our pantry almost always. These are a great way to add in some extra nutrition.
Nut Butters: A spoonful of nut butter goes a long way in flavor and protein. Try peanut butter with chopped bananas.

bowl of brown sugar oats with a blue stripe napkin

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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Yield: 2 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This maple brown sugar oatmeal recipe is simple and delicious. So much better than packets and a family favorite breakfast recipe!


  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pan.
  2. Stir in your oats and continue to cook for one minute. 
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in sugar, syrup, and cinnamon. 
  4. Serve immediately. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166


Monday 31st of January 2022

Oooo looks yummy! Can't wait to try this out out! Question for you, if I don't have maple syrup would you recommend using honey or maybe regular pancake syrup? I have both of those, but not maple syrup unfortunately! Need to get some!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)


Monday 31st of January 2022

Hi Megan, we've made it with both and it's equally delicious. If you're using pancake syrup, start with less and add more to taste.


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Yum! We like this much better than the packets and it is just as simple to make.


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

This recipe sucked really bad.. you need to add milk for sure! Yuck!!


Monday 6th of September 2021

@Caitlin, I disagree. I do not normally comment on recipes, but we really like this one. It is way better than the packets. We add milk on top after cooking.


Monday 6th of September 2021

Good news is that is an easy swap. Just use water in place of milk.

We've tested the recipe time and time again. It's possible you did something wrong. I'm happy to troubleshoot.

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