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Banish Boring Oatmeal!

You’ve heard it a million billion times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But with those dreaded 8 am classes and packed schedules a quick coffee and pastry from the campus cafe is much easier and quicker then your homemade breakfast. In addition, besides just making breakfast if you even want to make it healthy and nourishing that means extra time right? Wrong! Look no further then these 3 easy recipes using your basic package of instant oats. The best part about these ideas is they are completely customizable and it is easy to omit, add, or substitute ingredients to suit your lifestyle. I try to eat as clean as possible but if you don’t have access to Stevia or you don’t like almond milk alter these recipes for what is best for you.

#1. Overnight Oats

Banish Boring Oatmeal!
Overnight oatmeal

The overnight oats trend is sweeping the fit nation. There are truly endless possibilities with it but this is your most basic (and yummy!) recipe. *Warning: they may look like pig slop but they taste like heaven*

All You Need Is:

  • 1 Packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Nonfat Yogurt
  • Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Stevia (I use Truvia!) to Taste

All You Do Is:

  1. Combine oats, yogurt, and your flavorings of choice in a bowl
  2. Let mixture sit overnight
  3. Enjoy in the morning and garnish with anything else your heart desires (I added mixed berries, sliced almonds, and honey)

#2. Banana Pancakes

Banish Boring Oatmeal!
Banana pancakes

These dairy-free and egg pancakes will make your kitchen smell amazing and they taste just like the ones Mom makes.

All You Need Is:

  • 1 Packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Stevia to Taste

All You Do Is:

  1. Take one banana and mash it up really well.
  2. Combine 1 packet of Quaker oats with mashed up banana and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.
  3. Add stevia, vanilla, and cinnamon to taste (cinnamon is key here because it brings out all of the other flavors and makes it taste like home).
  4. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle until golden brown on each side⇉ be aware that they are a little more difficult to flip so I suggest making 3 small pancakes.
  5. Add desired toppings- I went with blueberries and real-deal maple syrup!

#3. Baked Chocolate Oatmeal

Banish Boring Oatmeal!
Baked chocolate oatmeal

This final recipe looks and tastes like chocolate cake but it is still healthy and clean.

All You Need Is:

  • 1 Packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Egg Whites (any egg product will do!)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • Sweetener to Taste (I used 2 packets of Truvia)

All You Do Is:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a dish and let it sit overnight (you don’t have to let it sit overnight but it helps the flavor!).
  2. In morning (or whenever you choose to eat this!) heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. However, if you are pressed for time feel free to microwave it at 1 minute intervals.
  3. Remove from oven and add desired toppings~ I chose “raspberry jam” (I mash 1/2 a cup of raspberries and a little honey) as well as some fat-free whip cream (only 5 calories per tablespoon!).

So get your day started the right way and never skip breakfast or settle for a generic blueberry muffin again. These recipes will fill you up and fuel you for whatever adventures your day brings you.

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