Growing up I was never a big fan of oatmeal and as an adult, when I started to feel like I had to like it because it was “good for me,” I really struggled to find anything that didn’t feel bland. Usually I would cave in and dump a bunch of brown sugar on top just so I could at least enjoy the entire oatmeal consumption process. Ya feel me? Anyway, I recently through together this super, fast, minimal 2 minute oatmeal breakfast and wanted to share it for those of you who are looking for a quick, easy, and healthy morning breakfast! No need to scroll and search for the recipe. I will take you through this step by step!
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Foods you need
- Instant oats
- Ground flax seed
- Chia seeds
- Maple syrup or honey
- Fruit to top
*I will share a bonus recipe at the end in case you feel like switching it up!
All you need for this recipe (besides the ingredients) is these 3 simple tools:
- One large microwavable bowl (I am obsessed with these $7 porcelain serving bowls from Target)
- 1 teaspoon
- 1/4 cup
I am all about creating less mess in the kitchen, especially in the morning. That’s why I’m pretty psyched that this is a no-fuss, low maintenance recipe that is still delicious.
Step 1: 1/4 cup instant oats
This step is pretty self explanatory (like the rest of the steps). Simply add 1/4 of a cup of your instant oats into your bowl.
Step 2: Add 1/2 cup water
Ok, so technically you could have more than 3 tools if you absolutely insisted on having a 1/2 a cup measuring cup. However, I think you should be like me and simply use the 1/4 measuring cup twice and save yourself the extra dish in the sink!
Step 3: Add 1 teaspoon of ground flax seed
Because flax seeds have fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, iron and protein, I wanted to add just a little to my morning breakfast. Trust me, the first time I tried I was worried that the taste of the flax would over-power my oatmeal, but trust me, I’ve got this all figured out. Promise.
Step 4: Add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Chia seeds are another good source of fatty acids and can help aid in digestion which is why I like sneaking them into my diet wherever possible. When I first tried this recipe, I kept it simple by just applying a teaspoon of both flax and chia to the recipe and wouldn’t ya know it worked out nicely!
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Step 5: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla
I told you we were keeping these measurements simple! Except, there is one thing I need to tell you…I recently had a dog sitting client of mine bring me back home some real vanilla from Mexico and oh ma gah…it makes such a difference in the way the food comes out tasting!Click here to buy authentic Mexican Vanilla
Step 6: Stir
In the name of staying minimal, I simply use my now well-loved teaspoon to stir around the ingredients. You don’ have to be too thorough here. A simple swirl will be enough!
Step 7: Microwave covered for 1 minute
Once you’re done stirring, you can add your bowl to the microwave and cover. We have this $2 microwave cover from Target that hasn’t steered us wrong.
This 60 second break is enough to time gather your ingredients, put them back in the cupboard and maybe even give the counter a quick wipedown!
Step 8: Choose your toppings
I have been topping my oatmeal with berries since it is officially summer here in Minnesota and I try to stick to eating foods when they are in season. Of course, your final toppings are up to you. But hey, make sure you keep reading because I have one more ingredient, plus a bonus recipe alteration you might want to consider.
Step 9: Drizzle of maple syrup (maybe 2 teaspoons)
I can’t stress enough how little of a drizzle I put of maple syrup and how much in impacts the flavor instantly. I realize this is a thing that a lot of healthier recipe creators do, I just think somehow this entire combo makes it taste so much better — without needing to add any brown sugar!
If you are up for switching up your recipe, instead of the maple syrup drizzle, you can opt for a mix of
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon nutella
I put mine in a small wine glass. This is going into the microwave so be sure to use a microwave safe dish!
Microwave 30 seconds
Pop this mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds. Once it is all melted together, give it a little stir and drizzle on top of your oatmeal.
I made this peanut butter / Nutella oatmeal alternative for my son this morning with 1/2 a banana for my son and he absolutely loved it!