Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

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Until recently, if I was looking for a filling breakfast, I would have taken an egg sandwich over oatmeal any day. In my mind, all oatmeal was like the package of over-flavored, over-sugared cinnamon-apple instant stuff you hydrate with hot water from the office water cooler. Fine in a pinch, but not very satisfying.

Enter: actual oatmeal. Healthy, filling, flavored to your liking. And chocolate? I’m in. This healthy breakfast takes three minutes to make, and holds me until lunch on a work day – can’t beat that! I have a little oatmeal station set up by my coffee maker {note: it was promoted to a cabinet when I moved, but you should store yours wherever is the most useful for you!} so I am not rummaging for the same ingredients every morning. If you have never enjoyed oatmeal, try this for a few days and see if you don’t change your mind as well. We will talk egg sandwiches another day!

Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
 
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The ultimate quick, healthy, filling breakfast. Adding fruit gives great flavor and starts you on your servings of fruit for the day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • .5 c quick oats
  • 1 c skim milk
  • .5 t cinnamon
  • .25 t unsweetened cocoa powder
  • .5 t sugar or brown sugar or turbinado sugar (a little more if you are new to oatmeal)
  • .25 c chopped fresh fruit (like mixed berries and pineapple)
Instructions
  1. Scoop the quick oats and pour the milk into a microwave-safe bowl with at least 4 cup capacity. {I scoop the oats first and then use the same measuring cup for the milk - two half-cups of milk.}
  2. Place the bowl on a plate in the microwave in case it bubbles over (happens on occasion).
  3. Microwave for two minutes.
  4. After the two minutes, stir the oatmeal. If it is too runny, microwave it for another 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon and cocoa powder, making sure to break up any clumps, then stir in the sugar. Finally, add the fruit.
Notes
I started using a Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer for making my oatmeal. It never bubbles over, and my microwave time has been reduced to 1:45.

 

Comments

  1. Josie M says

    ok, I’m sold. That looks like a great breakfast. I’ve been on a smoothie kick for bfast but that would be great on days I want something different. Seems like a lot of milk but I guess not?

    • says

      That is the ratio – 1:2. If, once you try it, the serving is too big and you want a smaller amount, just keep that ratio in mind (like 1/3 c quick oats to 2/3 c milk). This breakfast is a great way to sneak in your calcium, either way!

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