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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Recipe

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

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Recipe

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.

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!
How to make Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

What You’ll Need:

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
  • Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon- Optional, but tasty.
Quick Oats for Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

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.
Brown Sugar

Tips and FAQ’s:

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
  • Honey
  • Agave
  • Dates
  • Coconut Sugar

What to add to maple brown sugar 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:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Dried Fruit
Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

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

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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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