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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

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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. Reheat the oatmeal for a few minutes until it’s the temperature you like (as it could get cold after adding in the frozen berries).

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!

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The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

I have never gotten tired of oatmeal. It was a favorite growing up and it still is now. It can also be made pretty healthy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 250kcal

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). You can also use gluten-free oats to make this gluten-free!
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground 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)

Instructions

  • 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
  • Stir in the blueberries, cinnamon, flax seed, and walnuts.
  • Stir in the the milk and agave/stevia/honey until the oatmeal is creamy and the consistency you like. Reheat the oatmeal as needed until it's at a desired temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Protein: 10g | Fiber: 8g
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73 responses to “The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal”

  1. My oats overflowed in the microwave! Oops! It’s very good but the after adding the frozen blueberries the oatmeal was ice cold and I had to heat it up again!

    • Good point Lisa! I usually have to reheat my oatmeal as well. I just added a note about that in the recipe too! For overflowing oats, try a bigger bowl 🙂 Or try heating them and then stopping part way through, stirring, and then continuing to heat them in the microwave. Hope that helps!

  2. 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.

    • 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!

  3. 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 🙂

    • 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!

  4. 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.

    • 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!

  5. 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?? 🙂

    • 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!

  6. 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.

    • 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    • 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!

  9. 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!

    • 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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