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!

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Maple Berry Oatmeal

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-Top

Description

Simple oatmeal with maple, vanilla and berries.


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Stir in 1 tablespoon maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt until incorporated.
  3. Spoon oatmeal into 4 bowls and top with berries, walnuts and the remaining maple syrup.

Notes

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.


Nutrition

  • 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

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