Maple Pecan Oatmeal

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 28, 2010

As part of the No Cold Cereal Challenge last week, I made this oatmeal…inspired by one of those instant packet oatmeals that I’ve seen at the store.

But I guarantee this tastes better!!!

I still have some pecans leftover from the holidays…and my *free* maple syrup from Amazon (using Amazon credit from Swagbucks)…and some marked down oats (paired with a coupon of course!)…using inexpensive ingredients with some pricier ones, like pecans, still keeps the overall cost down!

Simple, nutritious and hearty!!!

4 cups water
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
Cream or milk, optional


See for yourself…

Makes 4 hefty servings.

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JessieLeigh January 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

This looks and sounds delicious! I made (and posted about) a Honey Vanilla Oatmeal this past week that was tasty too. I was also seeking to create my own “packet type flavor”. I’ll try this one next time… my nut-lovin’ kiddos will be all over it, I’m sure! :)


Laurie January 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

Just a suggestion… you’ve started using only pictures for directions recently and this presents a problem for anyone who wants to print out your recipes. There are no directions! I like your improved photography but you should also include written directions.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm


Thanks Laurie…I know! I won’t leave out directions for most posts…just a few here and there.


Jocelyn Stott January 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

Oh yummy. This is my favorite kind of oatmeal, with nuts in it. Yummy!


Denise January 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

My girls also love peaches & cream:
1 cup water
1 cup oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peaches (i used sliced canned & chop them a little)
1/4 cup peach juice (from the can)
1-2 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
They would probably eat this every day if I let them!


Amanda January 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Looks good!


Lisa Bullers January 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Looks delish!!!!!!!!!!!!


Amy F January 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

This looks so good. Will have to put ingredients on my list. Kids would love it! Thank you


Julieanne January 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Hello! I’ve enjoyed your recipes for a few months now, and was hoping to make this oatmeal tomorrow…but there are no directions. I love to cook but HAVE to have directions. Please, please, please!




Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm


Chop pecans. Cook oatmeal as directed on box. Add chopped pecans and maple syrup and serve!

I promise, I won’t not add directions often!


Julieanne January 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Oh, and I should mention that if people want a true maple syrup flavor, they should only use Grade B maple syrup. Grade A syrup has very little, if any, maple syrup flavor. Strange, but that’s how it is…


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm


Thanks for the tip…I didn’t know the difference…I order the Grade B! Good to know!


Julieanne January 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for giving us directions! I figured that they were simple, but when the posting prints out using your link, and it contains no photos on it, I wanted to make sure I was going to be making this right. Thanks again!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm


I know. I couldn’t help it with all the pictures I took!


Karen January 29, 2010 at 3:44 am

It took me many many years to like oatmeal and now I could eat it 3 meals a day. This looks yummy!

A slightly off topic question:
We sometimes have oatmeal or pancakes/waffles for dinner instead of breakfast. What else do you serve with that type to make a more rounded meal? We usually have fruit. But dinner is our meal we tend to have the most veggies with and I cant even think of a veggies that goes with a ‘breakfast dinner’. Thanks~


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 29, 2010 at 8:29 am


I wouldn’t do a veggie with a “breakfast for dinner” meal, unless you include it into a frittata like “spinach or zucchini frittata”. I’d suggest scrambled eggs with a “starchy” breakfast for dinner like pancakes or waffles.


Heather @ (The Single Dish) January 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

Have you ever tried Cream of Wheat? Great hot cereal. I love oatmeal too- my favorite toppings are- pumpkin, berries and maple syrup!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

@Heather @ (The Single Dish),

Yes, my husband likes Cream of Wheat…and the kids like Cream of Rice!


Karen January 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

its like having maple brown sugar @ home! w/o the hefty cost or expense…genius.


Joyce February 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Does JeesieLeigh have a recipe for the Honey Vanilla Oatmeal? One is not listed on her blog page


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