Air fryer oatmeal is an easy and fast way to make a healthy breakfast in just minutes! You only need a few simple ingredients, plus your favorite toppings to make this hearty warm breakfast in your air fryer!
This breakfast is a go-to in our family because everyone like it, and they can each make their own, the way they want it! We usually have the ingredients on hand too, making it even easier to whip up a batch when needed. You will never want to bake oatmeal in the oven again!
This oatmeal is a perfection breakfast by itself, but can also be served with egg, bacon, or even with just fruit and a Greek yogurt.
WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE
I make air fryer oatmeal for breakfast because it is so easy to make on busy mornings. It is not just healthy, it is delicious, and never boring. The variety of flavors you can create when you switch up the types of fruits, nuts, or sweeteners is unlimited!
Oats are also very high in fiber among other vitamins and nutrients, so they are often eaten when a warm comfort food is wanted, without feeling guilty.
If you love easy air fryer recipes, try these air fryer apple chips, air fryer oatmeal cookies, or air fryer grilled pineapple.
- old fashioned oats or quick oats-these oats are steamed and rolled, which will give the oatmeal a creamy and smooth texture.
- water or milk- substitute oat milk or coconut milk if desired.
- brown sugar or honey- this will give your oatmeal just the right amount of sweetness needed flavor. You can adjust accordingly to your preference or omit if you are giving your oatmeal a natural sweetness using fruits.
- ground cinnamon- cinnamon adds a spicy flavor and comforting scent that makes the oatmeal extra delicious.
- vanilla extract- vanilla with cinnamon are a perfect flavor combination! It gives it a subtle flavor that enhances the oatmeal in every bite!
Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F
While the air fryer is preheating, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, water, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir ingredients together.
Once the ingredients are well combined, divide equally into two small ramekins or air fryer safe dishes. Place the ramekins in the preheated air fryer basket. Air fry at 380 degrees F for 4-6 minutes until slightly golden brown on top.
Remove oatmeal from the air fryer. Stir and then let the oatmeal cool. Serve with fruit if desired.
When making oatmeal it's important you choose the right kind of oats for your oatmeal consistency preference. Old fashioned oats or quick oats, are the most common used oats because they give a smooth texture.
Normally, when making oatmeal the recipe will call for 2 parts liquid to 1 part oats. For this recipe, I used 1 to 1 ratio, but you can adjust to your preference. Add more liquid if you like your oatmeal thinner and more runny.
Brown sugar and honey add a great sweet flavor without overpowering your breakfast. If you want your oatmeal sweeter, add honey or granulated sugar to your liking.
Oatmeal is best when served warm so eat as soon as you are done air frying.
WHAT OATS TO USE FOR THIS RECIPE
For air fryer oatmeal, try using various types of oats, but the choice is your preference and desired texture. When I make air fryer oatmeal, the old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats are what we use for best results.
Old fashioned and quick-cooking oats are our preferred oats. They make a creamy and smooth oatmeal because they have been steamed and rolled. Rolled oats seems to make a smoother oatmeal.
Instant oats are pre-cooked before they are dried so they are fast and easy to prepare. They are soft , but I feel like they can me a little mushy. They still make a great oatmeal!
Steel-cut oats are cut instead of being rolled and flattened. They have a chewier texture and can take longer to cook.
It is so easy to change the flavor of this oatmeal recipe. Here are just a few suggestions:
Sweet: Add in your favorite toppings of fresh fruit or dried fruits like berries, strawberries, raisins, apple slices, coconut flakes, or even bananas. Frozen fruits like frozen blueberries, raspberries, or frozen cherries are some of our favorite fruits to add to oatmeal.
To enhance the sweetness, add your favorite sweetener to the oatmeal mixture, like a drizzle honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or just add extra in extra brown sugar.
Savory and Nutty: I love sprinkling in chia seeds, flaxseeds, or chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans, into the oatmeal. The nuts give extra protein while adding a little crunch! You can sprinkle in your favorite spices too.
We also use cinnamon, but nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, a pinch of salt, or even a pinch of cardamom to boost the flavor of our oatmeal.
For a bigger nut flavor, pour in a spoonful of a nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter.
Chocolate: If you need to satisfy a little sweet tooth, sprinkle in a little bit of cocoa powder, or just stir in mini semisweet chocolate chips for a delicious dessert-like oatmeal breakfast with chocolate inside.
STORING AND REHEATING
This air fryer oatmeal recipe can be halved to make just one serving if necessary. If you have leftovers after making and cooking the oatmeal, let the oatmeal cool to room temperature. Once cooled, cover and store in airtight container and keep refrigerated for 3-4 days.
When you are ready to re-heat the oatmeal, add a tablespoon or two of milk or water to prevent it from drying out. Air fry or microwave for 2-3 minutes and then you may need to stir in additional milk or water until it reaches your desired consistency.
To make this air fryer baked oats recipe, I have used water, or you can substitute a non dairy option like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
Quick-cooking oats or old-fashioned oats tend to result in a creamier texture. I prefer using either of these for this recipe. If using instant oats, cooking time and the amount of liquid used may need to be adjusted.
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Air Fryer Oatmeal
- 1 Air Fryer
- 2 small ramekins
- 1 cup old fashioned oats or quick oats
- 1 cup water or milk
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar or honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F
- While the air fryer is preheating, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, water, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir ingredients together.
- Once ingredients are well combined, divide equally into two small ramekins or air fryer safe dish. Place the ramekins in the preheated air fryer basket. Air fry at 380 degrees F for 4-6 minutes until slightly golden brown on top.
- Remove from the air fryer and stir, then let the oatmeal cool. Serve with fruit or honey if desired.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.