The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 7, 2012

I am totally a creature of habit.

When I was growing up, I pretty much had the same thing for breakfast from the time I was 5 to the time I was 18. And what was this wonderful dish that was the star of my breakfast for almost 15 years?

Oatmeal.

Yes, oatmeal.

And to this day, I have never gotten tired of it. I absolutely adore oatmeal. It’s delicious and creamy, hearty and satisfying. It’s also amazingly good for you: with 130-150 calories, 5g fiber and 5g protein for 1/2 cup of rolled oats (which makes up to 2 cups of cooked oatmeal).

It’s the perfect healthy breakfast, and it’s so easy to make!

It’s also just a great base for all kinds of toppings:

  • Milk like: 1% organic cows milk, unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened soy milk
  • Nuts like: Walnuts and Almonds (two of my favorites)
  • Fruits like: Berries, Apples, Pears, Bananas
  • Seeds like: Chia or Flax
  • Spices like: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Unsweetened cocoa powder,
  • Nut butters like: Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Sweeteners like: Agave, Honey, Maple Syrup
  • Slightly more decadent toppings like: Dark chocolate chips, granola, shredded coconut, fruit butters

You can seriously never get bored of oatmeal: there are so many ways you can dress it up – the possibilities are endless.

But there’s one combination of ingredients that I think really makes the perfect bowl of oatmeal. So here is my recipe for the perfect breakfast: Oatmeal with Berries, Walnuts, Spices, and Creamy Milk.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, or 1/2 cup multi-grain oats (Country Choice has a variety with oats, wheat, rye and barley that’s heartier than just plain oats)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Stevia, Agave, or Honey to taste (no more than 1 Tbsp honey or agave)
The Directions
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Step 1: Cook the oats with the water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and cook again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes more until all the water is absorbed
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Step 2: Stir in the blueberries, cinnamon, flax seed, and walnuts

I like using frozen, organic, wild blueberries: they’re a little smaller than regular blueberries, they’re a superfood, and I’ve heard they have more antioxidants than regular blueberries.

Why do I buy them frozen? Because: 1) They’re fresh year-round 2) They become all melty and warm in the oatmeal and 3) They never go bad!

Walnuts are another great superfood because they have tons of Omega 3 healthy fats, and they add a nice texture to the oatmeal too.

Step 3: Stir in the the milk and agave/stevia/honey until the oatmeal is creamy and the consistency you like.

I like mine super creamy, can you tell?

This whole recipe is about 250 calories, with about 8g fiber and 10g protein. It truly is the perfect morning breakfast. Enjoy!

The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 1 bowl of oatmeal

Each bowl of oatmeal has approximately 250 calories, 8g fiber, 10g protein

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, or 1/2 cup multi-grain oats (Country Choice has a variety with oats, wheat, rye and barley that’s heartier than just plain oats)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Stevia, Agave, or Honey to taste (no more than 1 Tbsp honey or agave)

Directions

  1. Cook the oats with the water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and cook again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes more until all the water is absorbed
  2. Stir in the blueberries, cinnamon, flax seed, and walnuts
  3. Stir in the the milk and agave/stevia/honey until the oatmeal is creamy and the consistency you like.
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{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa November 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Nice perfect breakfast! I’m trying to eat more oatmeal, so thank you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Thanks! I hope this recipe inspired you to eat more oatmeal and try different mix-ins! 🙂

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Baking Serendipity November 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I’m such a creature of habit too. I could eat this every morning no problem…your add-ins are great 🙂

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anjalim November 12, 2010 at 12:53 am

Thank you so much!! 🙂

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Kim - Liv Life November 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Nicely done!!! Never thought of the frozen blueberries… brilliant idea!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Thanks! Yes – frozen fruit mixed in oatmeal is just the best – you forget that it was ever frozen to begin with!

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Charansham January 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Hi Anjali that’s exactly what I eat every morning and I love it!
Dot

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Awesome!! Me too 🙂

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Lisa March 30, 2016 at 2:00 am

Frozen raspberries and 1 tbsp of ground flax seed are a nice add in as well

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2016 at 5:35 am

Totally agree! Frozen raspberries are sometimes a little too tart for me, but any berries are delicious in oatmeal! 🙂

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BigFatBaker November 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love oatmeal too! I used to eat it every day before school. My favorite mix in was always a little spoonful of peanut butter.

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anjalim November 12, 2010 at 12:48 am

Ooooh I love peanut butter – never tried it in oatmeal though – great idea! 🙂

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Kimmie November 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

That sounds delicious! I’ve seen so many delicious oatmeal recipes popping up – I may have to break out of my plain rolled oats habit!

It was lovely meeting you this weekend!

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anjalim November 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

Thanks Kimmie! It was great meeting you too! Looking forward to following your blog 🙂

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Jeanette November 11, 2010 at 5:23 am

I make oatmeal for my kids almost every morning when the weather is cooler. Blueberries and nuts are a great addition.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

My mom used to make oatmeal for me all the time too 🙂 That’s how I grew to love it to begin with!

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Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes November 11, 2010 at 8:56 am

healthy AND delicious – nice combination of toppings!
LL

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Thanks Lori! I know you’ll love this recipe!

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jensheps November 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I eat this every day, and have been meaning to blog it! Perfectly said, will share! Thank you!

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anjalim November 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

Thanks so much for the comment and pingback! 🙂

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Andrea@High/Low November 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

Lovely meeting you at Foodbuzz and hope you enjoyed our foodie gifts! So funny that you posted about basically my exact daily breakfast (my version: TJ’s oatmeal + TJ organic blueberries + TJ Vanilla Soy milk + TJ crunchy PB).

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anjalim November 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

haha! that is awesome. I really have to try this PB in oatmeal thing – you’re the second person who has mentioned it to me! I loved the foodie gifts btw – the dark chocolate was to die for! Thanks again and definitely stay in touch 🙂

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner November 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I’m a creature of habit with my meals too! Love oatmeal, I don’t know why I never put frozen berries in it though. Looks so good.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Haha love that we’re both creatures of habit!! 🙂 Hope you like the frozen berries when you try them!

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lgm February 26, 2011 at 6:25 am

sounds delicious! i am trying to count my calories in addition to eating cleaner! can you tell me how much of everything you added to your oatmeal? thanks!

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anjalim February 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Absolutely! I used the following proportions: 1/2 cup of rolled oats/wheat/barley/rye – in the 4 grain mixture, 1.5 cups of water to cook it, about 1/2-3/4 cup of the milk, 1/2-3/4 cup of blueberries, and about 1 Tbsp walnuts chopped. Hope that helps!

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Samantha March 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

I love oatmeal and I never get tired of it either! I like to put a cut up banana in mine just before its done cooking and then continue to add whatever else floats my boat that morning!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

Banana in oatmeal really is great – I like making my Banana Bread Oatmeal by adding walnuts and cinnamon to it!

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Tori (@eatori) March 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

Gracious I love oatmeal. Toasted almonds and frozen raspberries with yogurt is my favourite combination.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

Oooh yogurt in oatmeal is a great idea! I bet it makes it a lot more creamy and amps up the protein. I’ll have to try that soon!

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Arpita March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I’m starting to love oatmeal as well. I make it about the same way but I’ve seen a lot of ‘spicy indian oatmeal khichdi’ recipes with sauteed onion, some veggies, cumin, garlic, spices and then oatmeal and water added and ready to eat in about 5 mins. Have you ever tried it before? I’m curious to see how it looks and tastes!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Oh wow!! That sounds so interesting – I’ve always thought that oatmeal could be a base for something savory, but I’ve never tried it myself. You’ve inspired me though – I might just make this recipe soon! If I like it, I’ll be sure to post it here 🙂 Thanks for the idea!!

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Arpita March 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Yes please!! I’ll look forward to it!

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Vai March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Wow this is such a great recipe! I made it as a late night snack. I wish there was more cafes that serve healthy oatmeal like this. Keep up the good work!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thanks so much Vai!! This is a perfect late night snack because it’s healthy and won’t weigh you down right before you go to bed 🙂 So glad you liked it!!

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Sanne March 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

This is great! I love oatmeal for breakfast, so yummy 🙂 I’m trying to handle being vegan in a country where no such thing is ever heard of (Holland) so I joined wordpress with a fashion+food+photography blog to gain knowledge to the veganworld and so far it has been great!!

If you’d like to check out my blog: http://fashionfoodfight.wordpress.com/
Have a wonderful day!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Oh wow!! That must be a challenge – I’m sure you’ll do great though! 🙂 Btw – love your green pea soup recipe, can’t wait to try it!

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Sanne March 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

That’s so sweet 🙂 Let me know if you do!

Your blog is such amazing inspiration xo

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Aw thank you soo much Sanne!! And yes, I’ll definitely let you know when I try your soup!

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Debbie Palmer March 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

This looks delicious. I’m definitely going to try it.

Love your blog too : )

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Thank you so much Debbie! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

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Janelle February 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I can’t wait to try this in the morning. It is amazing that oatmeal is so healthy and so delicious. Thank you for this creative recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Yay! Thanks Janelle – I’m sure you will love this recipe – I seriously eat it every day and I never get tired of it! 🙂

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deyna May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

wow this is a very healthy oatmeal for breakfast. oat is also good for the heart. the fruits you use for the oatmeal like blueberries, some peanuts, apples, bananas and some honey are good too. they are high in anti-oxidant and is good for anti-aging. Young women should use your recipes as a way to make themselves look younger than their age.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

Thanks Deyna! I’m glad you like this recipe. And yes absolutely – you can add any healthy toppings to the oatmeal that you like! Apples and bananas with a dash of honey all sound great!

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Cassandra July 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

This really is the perfect bowl of oatmeal! I loooove oatmeal and I never tried it with so much milk. It was delicious! I’ve never added walnuts or ground flax seed either and those are a great addition. This recipe kept me full until lunchtime! Thanks!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 12, 2013 at 3:52 am

Hoooorayyy!! I’m so glad you liked this recipe Cassandra! This is totally one of my morning staples. I love the creaminess the milk brings to the oatmeal too 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

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Marco August 12, 2013 at 6:25 am

Your oatmeal recipe rocks! I eat oatmeal pretty much everyday myself and I tried your recipe and it was delicious! I usually add ground flaxseed meal to my bowl but I will try the chia seed.

Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

Yay! Thanks Marco! I’m so happy you liked it 🙂 Ground flaxseed and ground chia seed are both awesome additions. But for the chia seed – make sure you add it ground up – otherwise it gets gelatinous which gives the oatmeal a tapioca-like consistency (and that can be weird!)

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Lucie September 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Thank you for the recipe! I liked the walnuts (I thought I didn’t like nuts in oatmeal until now! hehe)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hooray!! So excited that this made you like nuts in oatmeal too! 🙂

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Lucie September 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

For some reason I thought you wrote 4-5 walnut halves, is that the same thing as a tablespoon or more?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Hi Lucie! Honestly I think it depends on how big your walnut halves are… but if you end up using 4 walnut halves – that’s about 2 walnuts, which chopped could be about 1 Tbsp. It’s hard to be exact but it should be somewhat close I think! Hope that helps!

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Doris December 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Here’s my version of oatmeal for any meal of the day.
1 cup water in a saucepan, over burner.
Bring to a boil, add 1 teaspoon vanilla,
level teaspoon cinnamon, sprinkle of nutmeg,
Add 2/3 cups oatmeal, 3-4 walnut halves, chopped
burner turned OFF!
Cover saucepan with lid, let sit for 3-4 minutes
Spoon into a bowl, add 1/2 banana, diced.
A bit of milk, enjoy! No need for sugar or other
sweetener! Been eating my oatmeal this way
for years. I am 86 years young.
Enjoy! No need for sugar Often add raisins, to boiling water. Any dried fruit can be added.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for sharing Doris! This sounds great!

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Muriah April 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

For parents out there- adding frozen blueberries to oatmeal is also a great way to cool it down quickly for little mouths. I always add either blueberries or applesauce to my son’s oatmeal and he loves it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Oh that’s a great tip and totally true! Thanks for sharing Muriah!

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Vicky May 6, 2014 at 6:20 am

This is so good! I usually just eat packaged oatmeal for the sake of time because I eat at my desk.. But I’m happy to say I took 5 minutes to make mine with strawberries, nuts, milk & honey. So good! Thanks for your tips.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that Vicky! And yes, isn’t it so worth it just taking a few extra minutes in the morning for some healthy add-ins like fruit and nuts? 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

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Michelle February 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

I usually eat my oatmeal with walnuts and a smidge of Nutella. Don’t the walnuts cancel out the bad effects of the Nutella?? Anyway, this morning I was thinking about using frozen blueberries, but I wasn’t sure at what point to add them in the cooking process. Googled and ended up here – your recipe sounds perfect! Love all the add-ins. I’m going to go try this right now. Oh, and by the way, I have the same kind of blueberries. Costco?? 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Haha I wish walnuts canceled out Nutella 🙂 Wouldn’t that be awesome?? 🙂 I got my blueberries from Trader Joe’s actually – but I wouldn’t be surprised if Costco had the same ones!! Can’t wait to hear how you liked this recipe – hope it has made it into your regular breakfast rotation from now on!

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Lily Slonim March 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

I loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing! I reblogged this article, check it out: http://www.tackletwenty.com/food/2015/3/19/spotlight-blog-the-picky-eater

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Thanks so much Lily!

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Ayanna July 19, 2015 at 5:21 am

Hello Anjali…I’m not an oatmeal eater (prefer Cream of Wheat). However, I’m trying to develop a taste for oatmeal as I’ve recently started Dr. Ian Smith’s shred diet. I tried this recipe a few minutes ago and was pleasantly surprised that the taste was do-able. 🙂 However, my oatmeal was very runny even after cooking in microwave for the full time you suggested (and I added 1/2 cup of soy milk after adding blueberries and cinnamon). Do you think I should cut back on the amount of water or increase the cooking time? Also, is there a reason why you don’t just cook the oatmeal in the soy milk (or milk of preference)? I’m new to making oatmeal but normally cook my cream of wheat in milk. Thanks so much for sharing. I think once I can figure out the consistency this will be a great addition to my morning regime.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

Hi Ayanna! I’m so glad that this recipe made you enjoy oatmeal a little bit more! Hmm that’s strange that your oatmeal ended up runny. I’d try decreasing the water first, and then try increasing the cooking time if the change in water content doesn’t make a difference. You can cook your oatmeal directly in the milk of your choice — but I’ve found that water helps to increase the volume of the oats and adding milk after they are cooked tastes just as good 🙂 But yeah I’d just recommend playing with different combinations of water/soy milk/oats/blueberries until you get the consistency you like!

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Janelle November 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm

I love your blog title because it fits my situation to a tee! My toddler is so fussy but he just loves oatmeal more than anything (even more than cake, haha!) I always try to incorporate other foods into the oatmeal like fruits etc so he’s getting enough vitamins. I’ll try this berry oatmeal for him tomorrow morning 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Haha! So glad to hear that Janelle 🙂 That’s awesome that your toddler loves oatmeal – what a great thing to love! Hope he enjoyed this recipe when you made it for him – my daughter eats this up every morning!

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sheridan cappellini November 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Can bananas be added also?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Absolutely! I add chopped bananas to this every day for Layla (my daughter 🙂 )

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franki April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

is it reheatable?
I make a big pot of oatmeal & portion it out to send to work with my husband. He leaves really early on his long commute& prefers to have breakfast after he arrives at work.
Always afraid frozen blueberries would get all mushy. He loves blueberries but doesn’t do mush.
Would I cook them into the weekly batch or add them frozen to that day’s portion before he leaves?

I add cinnamon, nutmeg, organic raisins (in lieu of a sweetner) while cooking the oats & a little vanilla after it cools a little. Vanilla seems to enhance the sweetness. I cover the pot as it cools and get a creamier texture than without the lid.
I use flax meal often as an egg substitute, never thought of adding it to oatmeal.

Didn’t read all the comments but did see someone suggest savory oatmeal. Use keyword “skirlie” to get some ideas. I modified skirlie to make in-bird stuffing and it looks like rice. Quite tasty. I used steel-cut oats (because I didn’t like them as breakfast), onion, garlic, sausage & chicken broth -basically, my recipe with oats instead of bread crumbs. Pre-cook the oats a little and use about 1/2 the liquid. Very good, nothing “oatmeal-y” about it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

Hi Franki! If you’re making this ahead of time, I’d add everything except the blueberries – I agree they will get mushy. All of the other ingredients will be fine though and will actually taste better once they’ve spent time in the fridge! What I’d do is make a big batch of all of the ingredients except blueberries, and when you take out a portion for the day, add in the frozen blueberries to that day’s portion before your husband leaves for work. Love the idea of savory oatmeal too — there are so many ways to make it and I agree it doesn’t taste like a breakfast meal at all!

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