It’s officially back-to-school season. How did that happen so quickly?! I’m looking for ways to make breakfast easy and fast every morning. Sometimes I go for a smoothie or I make egg cups with veggies, a breakfast casserole or make-ahead breakfast sandwiches. And sometimes I go for overnight oats, and other times, especially as it gets cooler, I want a piping hot bowl of oatmeal with all of the goods on top.
Which is exactly what I am sharing today! This oatmeal is laced with vanilla extract, a touch of real maple syrup and cinnamon. And it’s topped with fresh or frozen berries, crunchy walnuts and a little more maple syrup for good measure. (There is only 14g of sugar per serving for this oatmeal!)
I can store it in meal prep containers in the refrigerator, so I only spend a minute warming my breakfast up in the morning. It’s very delicious. And it’s customizable – you can add any nuts, fruit, flax or chia seeds, protein powder, etc. It definitely meets my requirement for quick and simple!
You gotta try it!Print
Simple oatmeal with maple, vanilla and berries.
- 2 ½ cups water
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, divided
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- Pinch kosher or sea salt
- 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Add water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the oats and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and allow the oats to simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until liquid has absorbed and oats are soft. Remove from the heat.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt until incorporated.
- Spoon oatmeal into 4 bowls and top with berries, walnuts and the remaining maple syrup.
Cooking Tips: Prep in advance and store in meal prep containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave 1-2 minutes or until warmed.
Substitution Tips: Other topping options include flax, chia, hemp seeds, nuts, fruit, milk, butter, etc. Boost the protein by adding a scoop of unflavored or vanilla protein powder to the oats. Try steel cut oats instead of rolled; follow the package directions for proper cooking time.
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 309
- Sugar: 14g
- Sodium: 26mg
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 12g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 44g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: breakfast, oatmeal, oats, berry, berries, maple