Photo by Becky Hughes

Living in a college dorm isn’t easy. Without a kitchen we are forced to make our usual foods using the microwave. Although I was originally skeptical of microwaved oatmeal (I imagined it would taste like the mush I found in the dining halls), I found that it quickly became my favorite go-to breakfast. It’s quick, easy and personally, I think it tastes better than stove-cooked oatmeal. The addition of chia seeds and flaxseed meal to this recipe gives it a new twist and provides you with healthy omega-3s, fiber and protein. If you don’t have a kitchen available or if you just want a quicker breakfast, this is the breakfast recipe for you.

Easy

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk of choice (I use vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon nut butter
Cinnamon, to taste
Honey, to taste
Toppings of choice (pepitas, nuts, dried and/or fresh fruit)

Directions:
1. Using a microwave-safe bowl, add in the oats, milk and chia seeds.

Photo by Becky Hughes

Photo by Becky Hughes

2. Microwave on regular for 3-4 minutes (3 minutes gives you a chewier oats; whichever you prefer).

Photo by Becky Hughes

Photo by Becky Hughes

3. Add flaxseed meal, a little extra milk if you prefer, honey, cinnamon, nut butter and whatever toppings you want. Enjoy!

Photo by Becky Hughes

Photo by Becky Hughes

Variations:

Banana Nut: Add ½ large banana to the first step and omit the honey for natural sweetness. Add nuts.
Chocoholic: Add ½ tablespoon all-natural cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips.
Tropical Sunrise: Add ½ tablespoon coconut oil, omit the nut butter, and add dried mango and pineapple.

Looking for more easy breakfast options? Try these:

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