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McDonald’s Maple Brown Sugar And Fruit Oatmeal CopyCat!

by Jessica

This is a recipe that I have been making a LOT! I love having a warm breakfast, but it needs to be fast too. I eat at work and so normally it is instant oatmeal or a breakfast sandwich. I love cooked oatmeal better than instant, but as long as it isn’t cereal, I won’t complain. Some mornings I don’t mind cereal either, but something warm is great too. I got a free coupon for the McDonalds maple brown sugar oatmeal. I went and tried it, and of course it was great! The calories aren’t that bad, but it is knowing all of the extra bad stuff that they are putting in that makes me not want to eat it. Also, the price, I can buy everything and make a TON of them at home for much cheaper. So, I was on the hunt for  a copy cat recipe and one that was doable at work.

Here you can see the main ingredients that I used.

First put 1/2 cup of the oats in a microwave safe jar with enough room for it to expand. I used a mason jar, but you don’t have to.

Next add 1 cup of water.

Then I added 1 Tablespoon of the craisins, raisins, and golden raisins. You can omit and add more of the ones you like,but they are good for you and really make the oatmeal taste sweeter.

Then add 2 tablespoons of cream, milk, or half & half. I added cream,but that is because I had some in the fridge that I didn’t want to go bad.

Then chop up an apple, I chop the whole apple and use one third of it per recipe. I used gala above and it was great. The blog that I will link below says two different methods of cooking, and they both work great, but I found I like the microwaved version the best.

Here you can kinda see the oatmeal after I have microwaved it for one minute, stirred, microwaved for another minute and then took out. I prefer my oatmeal a little bit more moist, but if you prefer it more thick, then just microwave for an extra 15 seconds at the end.

Since I was eating this one at home, I added the brown sugar on top of the apples. I now always make a to go version for work so I have an AMAZING breakfast, and in that one, I will add 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar per recipe. The original recipe called for 1 teaspoon,but I have a bad sweet tooth.


Here you can see my “TO GO” version that I take to work. Obviously a smaller mason jar would be better,but this is the only size I have with a fitting lid at the moment. Also, please don’t microwave with the metal lid on.


McDonald’s Maple Brown Sugar & Fruit Oatmeal Copy Cat Recipe:

Recipe adapted from HERE.

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp. raisins
1 tbsp. golden raisins
1 tbsp. dried cranberries
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. half and half, cream or milk

1/4 of a small apple

Special equipment: 
Canning jar or other microwave safe container

Servings: one

Place oats, dried fruit, sugar and cream in jar and cover with one cup of water. Screw on the lid and shake to mix. If you’re using a bowl, stir it with a spoon and then cover with a plate before microwaving.

Dice the apple and store in a plastic bag. When ready to prepare remove the jar’s lid and microwave the jar for one minute, and stir the contents. Then microwave again for about 1minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds depending on how thick you prefer your oatmeal.  Stir in the apples and you’re ready to go!

Of course, you don’t have to use apples at all. Nuts are a great addition, as are tons of other mix-ins. I am so happy about this recipe I have had it for more than a week straight, and I am still craving it. I was considering making a weeks worth and putting it in containers in the fridge. I just need more containers for that, but who knows might be a weekend project.

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Karen January 14, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Thanks so much. I was hoping to find a recipe I felt confident in making and this one seems perfect. Thanks a lot. I will have to find a way to do this without a mason jar since I don’t have one right now but thanks a lot!!!!.

jrwarfield January 14, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Hey Karen,
I really hope that you like this recipe if you make it. I have made it a lot in regular tupperware containers as well; you just have to make sure it is tall enough since the oatmeal expands.

Jo May 22, 2018 - 11:14 am

Why don’t you a washed out jelly jar with a lid, best if you find one about the same size.

jrwarfield June 2, 2018 - 12:34 pm

I had a lot of mason jars which is why I used them. Also, they are made to be reheated, where depending on the jelly jar, I am not positive they won’t break overtime. But if those are what you have, they should work. Also, while the oatmeal is cooking inside of it, it rises pretty high where in a smaller jar, it might spill over the sides.

Ashley March 11, 2013 - 8:32 am

Any word on how it did prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge?

jrwarfield March 11, 2013 - 8:37 am

I almost always made it in advanced and had it stored in the fridge ready to grab on my way to work. I thought it always tasted great; I just waited to add the apples until it was warm. Also, I only made enough for one week at a time.

Ashley March 13, 2013 - 7:14 pm


Kate August 3, 2013 - 4:28 pm

I know I am a little late in comment but this recipe is amazingly good. Tastes just like the original but I feel more comfortable know exactly what I am eating. Thanks a bunch for posting it

linda November 14, 2013 - 9:56 am

Thanks for the recipe. A healthy choice and a good start for my mornings 🙂

Rachel July 14, 2015 - 9:28 am

What size mason jar do you recommend? I just made this in a bowl and it’s awesome! I had one boil-over–my home microwave is 1000 watts, so I need to use power level 7 or I get a huge mess. Thanks for the recipe-I love McD’s oatmeal, but not all the added junk!

jrwarfield July 15, 2015 - 4:41 am

I used a 32 ounce mason jar, but if over flowing is an issue, you can always just microwave for smaller intervals. It takes longer,but then you won’t be having to clean up such a big mess.

Rachel July 15, 2015 - 6:02 am

Thanks! I will try doing it 30 seconds at a time next time, and I’ll get some mason jars. I really appreciate the help!

Sandyd October 20, 2015 - 8:34 pm

I just put this together to take with me tomorrow morning. THANK YOU.

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Tom June 29, 2017 - 7:28 am

Hey there, Question for you, have you tried using powdered milk or cream and just adding a little more water to compensate? Like you I’m on the road while the 9-5’ers are just starting to wake up and I’m strangely addicted to McD’s oatmeal but at $4/breakfast, $20/week and then there is the tempation to say “Give me a hash brown or soda (instad of water)”. I was looking for a better alternative.

jrwarfield June 29, 2017 - 7:40 pm

I think it would work for sure. I’m just not sure if it would taste as creamy. If you give it a try, please report back! Hope it works out for you.


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