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Haitian Oatmeal

A great bowl of oatmeal starts with plain rolled oats or steel-cut oats, cooked in water or milk or a combination of both, with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a delicious a comfort breakfast meal.
4.37 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 2 - 4
Calories 216 kcal


  • 1 cup of quick or rolled Oats
  • 2 cup of water and 1 – 12 oz. can evaporated milk or 2 - 3 cups whole milk or your preferred milk
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • fresh ginger about 1 inch in length
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon rind about 1 inch
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 anise star
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla optional
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/8 cup of sugar or to taste


  • Soak the oats in 1 cup of water or 1 cup of milk (not evaporated milk) for at least 30 minutes. In a large saucepan, add remaining (1 cup) water and bring to a boil. If you are using milk only than add the milk to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, peeled ginger, anise star if using, and lemon rind and let boil for at lean 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Add oats and stir. Add evaporated milk if using or add whole milk or your preferred milk. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat, add pinch of salt, vanilla extract and ground nutmeg. Stir to incorporate and let cook for about 2 – 3 minutes while stirring to avoid the oats from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Once the oats have cooked, and the mixture is almost similar to porridge texture, add sugar to taste and continue to boil the mixture until the sugar has disolves for about 3 – 4 minutes and stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cinnamon stick, lemon rind and ginger slice before serving hot.


Best to use a spatula or a wooden spoon to stir oatmeal.
It is best to use real oats like Quaker Oats my preferred brand, but you may choose your preferred brand.
The use of oatmeal packets is not recommended.
Remember, if using milk, use milk to soak the oats and milk to finish cooking.
Use whole milk, lactaid milk, 1% or 2% milk.
Add ground flaxseed for a healthier breakfast.


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 34mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Breakfast, cereal, porridge
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