Simply Oatmeal Recipe

Simply Oatmeal Recipe 2

This is my son Gabe’s favorite oatmeal every school day for breakfast! He is my growing boy-I swear he looks like he is growing an inch each day- and I feel good having his belly full with all that good fiber and protein to tackle the day. I make this simple oatmeal from scratch every morning, using plain rolled oats,  before he goes to school and it literally takes 4 minutes.

There is no need to spend money on store-bought-flavored-instant oatmeal packets-even most of the organic natural brands that I love for their other products always add salt, which is absolutely unnecessary and don’t end up really saving time. This is that quick and simple!


1 cup water

1/3 cup rolled oats (not the quick-cooking ones)

1 Tbsp dark brown sugar (optional)

fine ground walnuts

dusting of cinnamon

any sliced fresh or dried fruit (unsweetened)


Bring water to a quick boil.

Add the rolled oats and let it boil uncovered for 1 minute (it will “foam”, so lower the heat a little bit or just make sure it doesn’t boil over).

Turn off the stove and cover for 3 minutes or until ready to serve.

Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the brown sugar (if using), walnuts and cinnamon and top with any fresh sliced fruit and/or unsweetened dried fruit.

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Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr. David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.