This is seriously the very BEST Healthy Oatmeal Recipe you'll ever need. This simple yet clean and nutritious breakfast idea is dairy-free, low fat and vegan. Great way to start your day off right.
Also, try my Creamy Oatmeal With Caramelized Apple.
I was seriously hesitating to post this recipe. Despite that for the past few years oatmeal has been my #1 breakfast, it's just so simple and easy to make that I didn't know whether I should devote the whole post to it.
But you know, simple recipes are made for busy lives. If you have small kids, you will agree. We have so much on our plate that any chance to simplify a busy life is greatly appreciated.
Since morning is that time of the day, when it's just too difficult to force yourself to cook something, my No Milk Oatmeal recipe comes in handy.
I love it, my older daughter who is not picky anymore, loves it too and I hope you'll also become a fan of this best healthy oatmeal recipe.
Why This Recipe Works
- it's simple, easy to make and always delicious;
- wild blueberries and nuts add some more health benefits;
- it's versatile and you can customize it based on what ingredients you have in your fridge/pantry
Here's an overview of the specific ingredients for this recipe. For the exact ingredients and measurements, please scroll to the recipe card below.
- old-fashioned rolled oats - I've been loving GF Sprouted Rolled Oats. They're enriched with key vitamins and minerals which makes them even healthier than a regular oat variety
- honey (or maple syrup if you don't consume honey)
- frozen blueberries (frozen cherries or other frozen berries). Now, I love and recommend choosing Wild Blueberries. As I discussed in my Vegan Grocery List post, wild blueberries contain much more antioxidants than regular blueberries and are proven to have a positive affect on our memory and cognition in general. Wild Blueberries are often found in a Costco's frozen aisle as well as in Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
- Pecans or Walnuts. For maximizing health benefits, I also recommend having this basic oatmeal with Walnuts or Pecans. Alternatively, you can throw in some Chia seeds or Flax seeds.
So here're the instructions on how to cook oatmeal without milk.
1. Add water to your oats
Put your rolled oats into a cereal bowl and pour ½ cup of hot water over them. Cover with a plate and let it sit for 3 minutes. This time will be enough for the oats to absorb all water and expand.
2. Microwave the blueberries
Meanwhile, fill another bowl with 1 cup of frozen blueberries and microwave for 1 minute.
This step is optional. But if you're like me and love your oats to be nice and warm, you'll appreciate the fact that your healthy oatmeal won't be ice cold because of all those frozen blueberries.
If you don't own the microwave, you can place the bowl with the blueberries in a bigger bowl filled with hot water and leave it there for about 20 minutes.
Note: If you're using frozen cherries, the heating time may be slightly longer.
3. Add blueberries to the oatmeal
Remove plate from the bowl with oatmeal and stir in wild blueberries.
4. Add the remaining toppings
Stir in chopped nuts, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of honey or Maple syrup and enjoy your healthy oatmeal slowly!:)
💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. Oats are often the ingredient in raw vegan desserts. When combined with water, oats soften really fast which makes it possible to consume them right away.
You bet. Oats are one of the healthiest grains you can find. They are rich in fibre, minerals, antioxidants and are super beneficial for your heart health, controlling diabetes and digestive health.
In addition, in comparison to a regular morning cereal, oats will keep you full longer, which is always a plus on busy days.
Although you can make this recipe with instant oats, I prefer and recommend using old-fashioned rolled oats. They have a better texture that instant oats and won't get mushy when combined with boiling water.
As I said this is the basic recipe and you can add more ingredients to it.
But honestly, I feel like you will like these healthy oats the way they are - simple, easy and so tasty.
I've been making oatmeal without milk for breakfast for years and glad that at least in the morning I don't have to be creative with my meals.
All these crunchy ingredients have a great amount of important Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for fighting an inflammation.
If you want your healthy oatmeal with no milk to be more calorie dense, go ahead and add a tablespoon or two of almond butter in your oats. Ready for even more toppings? Try these:
- a teaspoon of cacao powder. I recommend choosing exactly cacao powder instead of cocoa powder. The latter is more processed and has less antioxidants than cacao powder.
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- shredded coconut
- sliced banana (which you can caramelise in a bit of Maple syrup)
- diced apples. Just like bananas, you can caramelise them in a teaspoon of Maple syrup
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If you're looking for a quick overview of the recipe, please check out my Healthy 3-minute Oatmeal web-story.
Healthy Oatmeal Recipe Without Milk
- Put rolled oats into a cereal bowl and pour ⅓-1/2 cup of hot water over them. The water should slightly cover the oats. Cover the bowl with a clean plate.
- At the same time, add frozen blueberries to another cereal bowl and microwave for 1 minute. (You can skip this step if you want)
- Remove plate from the bowl with the oats, add wild blueberries, nuts, drizzle with honey and stir.
- Serve immediately and enjoy slowly!
Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.