Copycat Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal tastes just like the real thing, yet is easily made for breakfast or a healthy snack at home!
I am a coffee shop junkie. There is nowhere I like working better than the Starbucks just down the road from my house. The smell of strong coffee in the air (which I don’t even drink – I’m a frou-frou latte drinker!) the hum of the milk frother, and people streaming in and out for their daily caffeine fix is the perfect combo of scent, sound, and activity to keep me energized but focused on the task at hand.
No matter what I order to sip on, I almost always snag a cup of Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal to devour, complete with all three topping choices, of course. The oatmeal is aptly named as it truly is…perfect! Perfectly sweet, perfectly creamy, perfectly filling. I just love it. Doesn’t matter if I’m there in the morning or afternoon – it’s perfect brain fuel any time of day.
I don’t get down to the coffee shop to work as much these days, now that I have my sweet snowman at home, so if I want my Starbucks oatmeal fix on the regular I’ve got to make it at home. Good thing Copycat Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal is a CINCH to make!
Copycat Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal is my third and final recipe utilizing Fisher Nuts (see my Crunchy Quinoa Granola and Mini Pumpkin Sticky Buns for more #ThinkFisher recipes!) and comes at a perfect time as February is American Heart Health Month. This recipe is HIGH on heart-healthiness!
Cholesterol-lowering, heart-healthy old fashioned oatmeal is naturally sweetened with fresh banana and brown sugar, then mixed with omega-3 fatty acid-rich flaxseed meal, and topped with a tasty trio of Fisher nuts including chopped walnuts, pecans, and sliced almonds, which are great sources of mono- and poly- unsaturated fats (that’s the good kind of fat for your ticker, y’all.)
Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal wouldn’t be complete without a flourish of dried fruit so I sprinkled on their signature combo of dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries then added a sliced banana for extra heft and health. I usually snag one from the fruit basket at my Starbucks and it felt right to do the same thing at home.
The next time you find yourself Starbucks-less – try this heart-healthy, perfect oatmeal at home for breakfast, or as fuel for an afternoon of work!
Start by adding 1/2 cup each water and milk to a saucepan. You can use whatever milk you’ve got on hand – I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. Next add 1/2 sliced banana (we’ll use the other half in a sec.) Not sure why I felt the need to bare hand these!
Finally add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats – not quick cooking or instant oats, which are just old fashioned oats that have been chopped up to cook faster. Those are pasty and icky. Just say no!
Turn the heat to medium then start stirring when the liquid begins to bubble, mashing the banana as it cooks to help melt it into the oatmeal. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until nearly all the liquid has been absorbed.
FYI: the oatmeal will thicken slightly as it cools, so make sure there’s a little bit of liquid left!
Take the pan off the heat then stir in 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (or more or less depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal,) 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed meal (found in the bulk bins at most grocery stores,) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Topping time! Starbucks’ nut packet (ummm) comes with a combination of chopped walnuts, pecans, and sliced almonds, but you can use whatever you’ve got on hand. You’ll need 3 Tablespoons nuts total.
The content of Starbuck’s dried fruit packet is always changing I feel, so I went for a combo of 2 teaspoons each dried cherries, dried blueberries, and dried cranberries. Again, feel free to use whatever dried fruit you’ve got on hand!
Sprinkle the nuts, dried fruit and remaining banana slices on top of the hot oatmeal, pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, then dive in!
Copycat Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal
Serves 1 (easily scalable for 2 or more)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)
1 banana, sliced and divided
1 Tablespoon brown sugar (or more or less)
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed meal (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon each pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds (or whatever you have on hand)
2 teaspoons each dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried cranberries (or whatever you have on hand)
- Combine oats, water, milk, and half the banana slices in a saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir and cook until oats are creamy and have nearly absorbed all the liquid, about 5 minutes, using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to mash banana slices as they cook.
- Remove pan from heat then stir in brown sugar, flaxseed meal, and vanilla. Scrape into a bowl then top with remaining banana slices, nuts, and dried fruit.
I literally licked this bowl clean – it was so deliciously perfect! At Starbucks you can pick and choose between brown sugar, nuts, and dried fruit toppings to add to your oatmeal, so feel free to do the same here. Don’t like dried fruit? Don’t add it. Want to cut down on sugar? Nix it! Totally your call. Enjoy!