I get the busy morning scenario. It’s hectic, you didn’t meal prep, and you have 10 minutes to be out the door. You probably end up grabbing a granola bar, eating a bowl of cereal, or eating nothing at all.
We all know oats are a super nutritious choice all around; they are chock full of fiber, have some carbs to fuel your day, and are voluminous, which means they keep you fuller for longer. They are naturally gluten free too! Also, you generally add fruit with natural sugar which adds a boost of fiber, micronutrients, and healthy carbs.
I have always liked oatmeal but usually don’t have to time to watch it as it cooks, and when I do I tend to mess up the consistency :(. I have always stayed away from packet oatmeal because it tends to have less nutrients, is more calorie dense, and has added sugar. My solution? I discovered this AMAZING oatmeal hack that will literally change your life. Not only will your oats be ready in no time, you always get that perfect creamy consistency that seems unachievable when you cook it normally.
Probably one of the best things about this hack is it is so versatile (so many flavors!), yet still can be cooked and ready to eat in 5-7 minutes. The trick? A blender.
So, I will share with you the steps to make plain instant oatmeal, then give you 3 of my favorite flavor variations:
1: Add 1/2 cup oats and 1 1/4 cup water to a blender or bullet
2: Pulse the mixture 2-3 times (be sure to not pulse too much or it will be completely smooth)
3: Cook in a pot on high for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until desired consistency is reached.
Voilà! You’re done! Your oats will be creamy, thick, and have a great, creamy texture.
It’s so easy that it’s hard to mess up. Plus, you’ll get a huge bowl of oats for only 150 calories. (before topping of course 🙂 )
Ok, Here are 3 different variations to try:
- Strawberry Oats
These are dang delicious. Super fun, colorful, and nutritious. Simply add 2-5 strawberries to the blender/bullet before you pulse it. These are topped with sugar-free blueberry compote, banana (I made a flower because it was cute hehe :)), hemp seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup. (340 calories)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
Rich chocolatey dessert-for-breakfast oats? Yes, please. Just add 2 teaspoons cacao powder and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup to your blender/bullet before you pulse. These are topped with banana, strawberries, and a big dollop of peanut butter. (385 calories)
- Banana Cinnamon Maple
This variation is so warm and cozy and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/2 banana to your blender/bullet mixture before you pulse it. Topped with caramelized bananas (bananas cooked in 1 teaspoon coconut oil until golden), more cinnamon, hemp seeds, and a BIG drizzle of maple syrup. (370 calories)
Try this hack out and let me know what you think! I know my breakfast situation became WAY easier. These are easily packable in a thermos too so you can even take them on the go.
Have a great week!