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This oatmeal bowl is made in 5 minutes using old-fashioned rolled oats (no instant packs here!) and a pop in the microwave. The warming flavor of added cinnamon topped with juicy berries is everything you want first thing in the morning!

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Healthy 5-Minute Oats

A cozy bowl of oatmeal is the best! Especially in cooler weather. I can’t say I have a favorite way to eat oats, as I love everything from overnight oats and baked oatmeal, to Instant Pot steel cut oats. But, when I’m in a hurry, this yummy 5-minute oatmeal bowl is my go-to!

It’s a quick and easy way to have a warm, healthy breakfast and picking and choosing the toppings is the best part. On days when I want to up the nutrition factor, I’ll add toppings like flax and chia seeds for added fiber and omega 3’s or nut butter for good fat and protein.

Then there are days when I feel like loading it up with chocolate chips and maple syrup. Because, balance!

oats inside of bowl

Oatmeal Bowl Ideas

Thinking of all the ways you can jazz up a bowl of oatmeal is part of the fun! There are limitless ideas for oatmeal toppings and add-ins so try something new every time!

  • Fresh or frozen fruit – Strawberries, peaches, apples, raspberries, blackberries, and fresh or caramelized banana slices.
  • Sweetener – Brown sugar, coconut sugar, or powdered monk fruit extract.
  • Liquid sweetener – Honey, maple syrup, or agave.
  • Nut and seed butter – Almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin seed butter, and peanut butter.
  • Nuts – Chopped pecans, walnuts, cashews, and almonds for added crunch and texture.
  • Coconut flakes for delicate sweetness and delicious coconut flavor. You could also use shaved chocolate or raw cacao nibs.
  • Greek yogurt – Any flavor!
  • Milk or cream – For a non-dairy version try oat milk, almond milk, or cashew milk.
  • Sprinkle in some chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp hearts for added health benefits.

An Easy Yogurt Twist

Take this healthy oatmeal recipe and swap out the oats for yogurt and make a yogurt bowl for a twist!

Frozen blueberries in bowl


Can I use Instant Oats instead?

You can. Just know that because quick oats are softer and more processed, they absorb more water. This means they’ll become much softer and mushier. If you’re looking for softer oats, try adding 1/4 cup more water to your old-fashioned rolled oats.

Is a bowl of oatmeal gluten-free?

The ingredient in this recipe are all gluten-free, however, you have to be careful with oats. Trace amounts of gluten that happen from cross-contamination in processing plants can affect someone highly sensitive or allergic. To be certain, use oats that have a label stating they are certified gluten-free.

Can I make this on the stovetop?

Absolutely. Boil water on the stove-top and cook the oats according to package directions, adding in any seasoning you’d like. Depending on what you’re adding in, you may want to add in it while cooking (apples, for example, to get nice and soft) or wait until it’s done to stir it in after.

oatmeal bowl with blueberries and bananas

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oatmeal bowl with blueberries and bananas

Oatmeal Bowl

5 from 3 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
This oatmeal bowl is made in 5 minutes using old-fashioned rolled oats (no instant packs here!) and a pop in the microwave. The warming flavor of added cinnamon topped with juicy berries is everything you want first thing in the morning!
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 cup water , add an extra 1/4 cup if your prefer extra soft oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries , or mixed berries

Optional add ins

  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground flax seeds

Optional toppings

  • fresh fruit
  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • peanut butter , or almond butter
  • coconut
  • greek yogurt
  • milk or cream


  • Mix together the oats, water, cinnamon and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Add chia seeds and flaxseed if desired. You can also mix in a Tablespoon of nut butter, brown sugar and honey here as well if desired.
    oats inside of bowl
  • Microwave oats for 1 minute. Pour frozen berries on top. Then place in the microwave for an additional 15 seconds. You don't want the berries hot, just thawed enough that they start to create a sauce on top of the oats.
    Frozen blueberries in bowl
  • Top with your favorite toppings. I love to add almond butter, fresh berries, sliced bananas and sliced almonds. Then I like to drizzle honey across the top. 
    oatmeal bowl on counter



Note: This recipe is easy to double, I just prefer to mix the correct amounts right into the bowl. 


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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