Start your day with gluten-free, creamy quick-cooking oatmeal that will satisfy your taste buds and keep your belly satiated throughout the morning.
During the winter months, oatmeal is my breakfast of choice. It warms me up before I head out into the cold and it keeps me full and satisfied for hours before it’s time for lunch. Oats are one of the healthiest carbs, and while overnight oats are all the craze these days, they’re not for me – I just can’t get into them. I like my oatmeal hot!
Personally I don’t have the time to make a pot of oatmeal every morning. Believe it or not, I still don’t have a slow cooker, otherwise I’d make my friend Jenna’s Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal. But the microwave works wonders for me on weekday mornings when I’m rushing to get the girls fed, teeth brushed, and out the door to get to school in time.
My go-to weekday breakfast oatmeal is made from quick cooking 1-minute oats made with nonfat milk and mixed with fresh or frozen fruit. Sometimes I add in a spoonful of peanut butter or some chopped nuts. Other times I drizzle it with some maple syrup or a sprinkling of brown sugar. And if I have enough time, I may do all three! The possibilities are endless and the recipe below is just one variation of what you can do to make a nutritious, delicious, flavorful, satisfying, and satiating breakfast to jump-start your day!
Oh, and in case you’re worried you won’t get all the nutritional benefits from the quick 1-minute oats as you do from steel cut and old fashioned oats, don’t be. You’ll get the same calories, fat, fiber, sugar, and protein from all three. Jenna explains this too in her awesome segment What is the Healthiest Type of Oatmeal?
This particular pairing has numerous nutritional benefits:
- Fiber from oats, berries, and walnuts
- Protein from milk and walnuts
- Omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts
- Calcium and vitamin D from milk
Quick Berry Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup dry quick 1-minute oats
- 1 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
- Fresh or frozen berries or dried cranberries or cherries or other fruit of choice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts slivered almonds (or other nut or nut butter of your choice)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Drizzle of maple syrup or dash of brown sugar
- Cook oats according to package direction, using milk instead of water.
- Top with berries or dried fruit, walnuts, cinnamon, and sweetener of choice.
What’s your favorite oatmeal combination?
Are you a fan of overnight oats?
Check out my previous post for more Quick & Easy Balanced Breakfasts!