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5-Minute Stovetop Oatmeal with Chia Seeds and Flax

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This healthy oatmeal recipe comes together on the stovetop in 5 minutes for a nutritious, fiber-filled breakfast. Old fashioned rolled oats are cooked with chia seeds and ground flax with just a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. Top your chia and flax oatmeal bowl with fresh fruit, nuts, and a splash of milk for a well-balanced and satisfying breakfast.


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup
  • Toppings of choice: fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, milk, etc.


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the old fashioned oats, chia seeds, ground flax, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup.
    Small saucepan with oats, chia seeds, and flax on a white burner
  3. Give everything a good stir immediately and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Oats are done cooking when everything has thickened up and absorbed the cooking water.
    Pot of oatmeal on a white burner
  6. Portion into two bowls right away.
    Two oval bowls of oatmeal
  7. Add toppings as desired, such as fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, and a splash of milk.


Can I prepare oatmeal ahead of time?

Stovetop oatmeal is best eaten right after you prepare it.

If you do want to prepare oatmeal ahead of time, keep it in the fridge for up to three days. It will thicken up significantly as it cools in the fridge.

Add a generous splash of milk before reheating cooked oatmeal. Reheat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.