Lumberjack Oatmeal

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Thick, hearty, cooked rolled oats, raisins and nuts fill this lightly sweetened lumberjack oatmeal. This hot cereal is true comfort food, warming you up on cold winter mornings.lumberjack-oatmeal #MyOatsCreation #collectivebias #ad

Lumberjack Oatmeal Recipe

Cooked, rolled oats with nuts and raisins in every bite. You don’t have to cut trees in order to enjoy this hearty breakfast. This is a recipe that Matt grew up on and talks about every winter. I put him to work this past week, recreating the recipe based on the ingredients that his aunt told him were in it. I love seeing him work in the kitchen. He can follow a recipe, but he can also whip up delicious recipes by just throwing things together. I was completely depending on him for this one since I had never tasted lumberjack oatmeal.

Is it okay to eat oatmeal every day?

If you don’t add a lot of sugar and watch your portion sizes, oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It will fill you up, provide fiber and important minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron. For flavor, add fresh fruit, nuts, or a sprinkling of cinnamon. A special treat like this lumberjack oatmeal should only be eaten on occasion because of the added sugar.

You can also eat oatmeal in our oatmeal breakfast cookies!

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Old Fashioned Oats vs Quick Oats

This recipe calls for old fashioned rolled oats. So how do these compare to quick oats? It’s a matter of processing. Quick oats are rolled oats that are processed and “chopped up” more so that they cook faster. According to Quaker Oats, there are no major differences in the nutritional value of the different types of oats. Use whichever oats you need for your recipe!

How to Make Oatmeal on the Stove

Making oatmeal on the stove takes a bit more time than quick cook oats in the microwave, but if you like a hearty oatmeal they are worth it!

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a rolling boil.
  • Stir in oats, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined. Serve hot.

Make Old Fashioned Oats in the Microwave

If you are short on time or don’t have access to a stove, you can make old fashioned oats in the microwave:

  • Combine water, salt and oats in a medium microwave-safe bowl. We like to use a bowl with high sides so it doesn’t boil over.
  • Microwave on high for 2 ½ to 3 minutes.
  • Stir before serving.

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What are good oatmeal toppings?

In this lumberjack oatmeal, you’ll add walnut and raisins. We flavor it with salt, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses add sweetness. I was completely expecting this recipe to be sweeter than it was. I love that it is not overly sweet.  If you’d like your oatmeal a little sweeter, you can increase the brown sugar or the molasses…or both. 🙂

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Lumberjack Oatmeal

4.75 from 8 votes
Hearty cooked rolled oats, raisins and nuts fill this lightly sweetened lumberjack oatmeal. This hot cereal will warm you up on cold winter mornings.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

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  • 5 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Bring water and salt to a rolling boil. 
  • Stir in oats, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined. Serve hot.



The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6 people, with one serving being ⅙ of the oatmeal. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Serving: 371g | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.6mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 346

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9 years ago

Oatmeal is one of those things that is SO delicious when you do it right….and this looks just right!!! My family would love it!

9 years ago

5 stars
Oatmeal is always great, I love its benefits for our health

Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen
9 years ago

This looks so good it’s making me want oatmeal for dinner! Gorgeous photos!

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

Looks like a great hearty breakfast full of good ingredients!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

What a great way to start the day!! 🙂

David @ Spiced
9 years ago

I’ve never heard of Lumberjack Oatmeal, but I’m fairly certain that it’s going to become a new breakfast staple in our house…it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! #client

Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
9 years ago

5 stars
I LOVE oatmeal with a passion! This looks comforting, homey and delish! Pinned to my breakfast board and can’t wait to make it! P.S. that name is just too awesome!

Linda | Brunch with Joy
9 years ago

Yum! Oatmeal is my weakness and totally love a healthy delicious oatmeal breakfast like this.

Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
9 years ago

I love a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and this looks so hearty and filling. I love all of the yumminess you’ve added in, especially the walnuts and molasses!

9 years ago

This looks amazing!! I love oatmeal in the mornings.

Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking
9 years ago

I’ve never heard of lumberjack oatmeal, but I’m a massive oatmeal fan – usually with British golden syrup drizzled over.

But I definitely think this would be a new favourite of mine. I’m not a raisin girl, but I’d substitute with sultanas (I think they’re called golden raisins there – they’re sweeter and more juicy than regular raisins).

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Andi @ The Weary Chef
9 years ago

This looks like such a deliciously hearty breakfast!

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
9 years ago

I used to be one of those oatmeal haters. That is, until I tried homemade oatmeal and realized its true potential! This looks amazing!

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
9 years ago

So much oatmeal goodness today! Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods and love the addition of the raisins, walnuts and spices!

Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
9 years ago

This looks so hearty and delicious!! What a fabulous breakfast!