Easy, almost-instant oatmeal for one

Although I usually insist that my family eat meals together—and eat what's put in front of them—sometimes I don't live up to my ideals. Sometimes I find myself busy packing lunches or making phone calls while the rest of the family eats breakfast, or wishing I didn't have to eat cereal too when the kids beg for it.

Also, I must be getting old, because I can't just eat a bowl of cereal or a couple of pancakes and feel fine until lunch. I need something with a bit more staying power.

This summer, I've come up with this quick oatmeal option. I enjoy eating it, and it keeps my tummy happy until lunch. Win!


Easy, almost-instant oatmeal for one

1/3 cup rolled oats (or other rolled grains, I like a multi-grain combo) (also, quick oats are fine)
3/4 cup water
a handful of raisins
a handful of sunflower seeds
a handful of chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon brown sugar (or more to taste)
pinch of salt
cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for about 4–7 minutes (microwaves vary, so keep an eye on it).

Stir. If all water is absorbed and oats are still chewy, add a bit more water and cook a little longer.

This is all very flexible. It would be so easy to change up the nuts and dried fruit, or add some fresh fruit. If you skip the nuts and raisins, reduce the water to 2/3 cup.


  1. I'm the opposite. I am never hungry in the morning, but force myself to eat a little bit so I can take my meds. I don't really get hungry till 10, which is a bad time to be hungry. This is why I am always getting healthy snack bars, especially when there are good coupons for them, and looking for ways to make my own. I love larabars, and there was a website which teaches you to make your own using medjool dates. Medjool dates cost an arm and a leg online, but are inexpensive in the bulk bins at whole foods. Only my larabars came out kind of runny.

  2. I wish I could love oatmeal. I eat it, but it makes me gag. I don't like ANY breakfast food. Ugh. It's so hard to have so many food aversions! But, when I do shovel down some oatmeal it really does give me energy and keep me full for a long time. I like your recipe and will have to try it.

    By the way, I've been inspired by the way you blog- very short and sweet. I think seeing your blog has helped me realize that maybe I could make really short posts that were still worthwhile. It would also force me to be less verbose!

    1. Thanks Holly! I think I would have burned out a long time ago if I always wrote longer posts. They take so much time!

  3. Dianna, thanks for the post. I am going to try the green bean way to freeze them.. Sounds so easy.. I have already put my beans up this year.. but next year.