Copycat Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned, not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind you prefer – dairy, almond, soy, etc.)
  • Pinch of salt

Sweetener:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (adjust to your liking)

Optional Flavorings:

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (or your choice of dried fruit)

Instructions:

  • Cook the oats: In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, water, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the oats are tender and creamy.
  • Sweeten and flavor: Remove the pan from heat. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla extract (if using), and cinnamon (if using).
  • Assemble and enjoy: Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl. Top with sliced banana, walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries, and raisins.

Tips and Customization:

  • Make it ahead: Prepare a larger batch of the oatmeal base and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat portions with a splash of milk, and then add toppings.
  • Dried fruit options: Feel free to swap out the dried cranberries and raisins for other dried fruits you love – chopped dates, dried blueberries, dried cherries, etc.
  • Nut variations: Use any nuts you prefer, like almonds, cashews, or sunflower seeds.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom for some extra warmth.
  • Sweetener swap: Substitute maple syrup or honey for the brown sugar.

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