Oatmeal was used as food for animals for many years, but it became popular in America when the Quaker Oat Company opened in 1877 and started selling the rolled oat cereal. It is a comforting food to eat on a cold winter’s morning. Before you reach for the instant oatmeal, take a few minutes and make a bowl of old-fashioned Quaker oatmeal. You will be surprised at how easy it is to cook and may never want to make instant again.

Things You'll Need

Prepare the fruit. Clean the apple and remove the core. Chop the apple into pieces. Measure 1 tbsp. of raisins.

Place 1 cup of water in a pot. Add 1/2 cup of Quaker old-fashioned oats. Add the chopped apple pieces and 1 tbsp. of raisins.

Turn the stove to medium heat and place the pot on the stove.

Bring the water and oatmeal to a boil, then cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally with a large spoon.

Remove the oatmeal from the stove and place in a bowl. Sprinkle the top of the oatmeal with 1 tsp. of brown sugar.


  • This recipe makes one serving. For two servings, use 1-3/4 cup of water and 1 cup of Quaker old fashioned oats.

  • You can cook oatmeal alone without added fruit. Just place 1 cup of water in a pot with a dash of salt and 1/2 cup of oatmeal and cook over medium heat.

  • You can make oatmeal chewier by boiling the water and salt first, then adding the oatmeal to the boiled water and cooking for 5 minutes.

  • For creamier oatmeal, add the water, oats and salt all at once. Then bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.