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How to Cook Oatmeal the Right Way (+ VIDEO)

How to Cook Oatmeal (traditional method)

The traditional method for preparing overnight oats and cooking oatmeal the next morning that results in a bowl of porridge that is very digestible, filling and nourishing compared to modern convenience methods.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword overnight, soaked, traditional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 75 kcal
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Mix the oats, 2 cups of water, and lemon juice in a pot. Cover and leave on the counter (NOT in the refrigerator) for at least 7 hours or overnight. If you have trouble digesting grains, feel free to soak for as long as 24 hours.

  2. When soaking is complete, add 1/2-1 cup additional filtered water to the pot. Bring to a boil with the salt. Cook oatmeal thoroughly for 5 minutes. You do not need to rinse the oats before cooking.

  3. Traditional oatmeal is best served with butter and/or cream for optimal assimilation of minerals. A natural sweetener, nuts, raisins or other fruit may be added as desired.

  4. Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


Store bought or homemade apple cider vinegar, yogurt, or kefir may be substituted for the lemon juice.

If you are just starting to soak oatmeal for breakfast, feel free to just soak with water at first and gradually build up to the 4 tablespoons of recommended acidic medium (I prefer lemon juice).

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Oatmeal (traditional method)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 11
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.25g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.75g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Sodium 250mg10%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 13.5g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2.5g5%
Iron 0.85mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.