Recipe | "Power Breakfast! - Oatmeal for People Who Hate Oatmeal" by Alicia

Ok, don't furl your brow yet. Oatmeal. Some people really detest it, while other folks really enjoy it and eat it on a daily basis. I was one who really didn't like it very much. As I started to really count calories though, I looked for items that made me feel full longer, but were healthful, and tasty.

I can't really eat artificial sweeteners in instant oatmeal, so I tried making some old fashioned oats on top of the stove, and I, well, kind of fell in love. I bet you think they take a long time to cook...nope, only 5 minutes. No, really. It's an easy 'go to' that can be changed up depending on your tastes, yes, but also to what's in season.

The nuts are full of protein, are good for brain health, the berries have antioxidants, folic acid, manganese and potassium, and the oats are full of iron, magnesium and B vitamins. You can keep the meal completely dairy free, or drizzle over some milk, like I do.

Here's how I make it for 1 bowl:

  • 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (150 Calories)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Quartered Strawberries (...or blueberries, or peaches, or whatever you like) (24 Calories)
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts (...or pecans) (180 Calories)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar for Oatmeal (17 Calories)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar for Topping (17 Calories)
*388 Total Calories*

Bonus: For added nutrition sprinkle over some flaxseeds (or chia seeds). Flaxseeds are almost tasteless...but...each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s!! Buy them in the spice aisle.


On top of the stove in a sauce pan, bring 1 cup of water to a simmer, then pour in the oats. Stir every 30 seconds or so for 3 minutes. Then add in 1 Tbsp brown sugar and cook (and stir) for an additional 2 minutes. Take off heat and pour into a bowl. Top with the other ingredients of your choosing. Voila!

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