Breakfast oatmeal is a delicious way to get whole grains into your diet. An easy way to prepare oatmeal is in the microwave. You can use whole oats and add your own ingredients for an economical and healthier alternative to instant oatmeal packets.
When cooking the oatmeal in the microwave, it expands as the liquid heats. If you use too shallow of a vessel, it may overflow. I have found a large, deep mug works best. Corningware makes a 20 oz mug that’s ideal for this purpose. It’s also good for soup. They sell for $10 – $12 online and in stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s. However, any large 16 – 20 oz mug that is microwave safe should work as well.
You will also need access to a microwave. You can do this on the stove, but this is meant to be a one dish, easy method.
Easy Apple-cinnamon Oatmeal
Mix the oatmeal, water and apple juice in the 20 oz mug. Add dried fruit of your choice; the fruit will plump up when cooking. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take the oatmeal out and stir. If you can still see the individual oats or there is a lot of liquid in the mug, microwave for another 20 – 30 seconds. Microwave wattage varies, so you may have to adjust for your situation.
Take the oatmeal out of the microwave and stir in any additional ingredients. I love frozen wild blueberries for an extra tasty antioxidant kick. The small berries quickly warm in the oatmeal. If you are using larger frozen fruit, you may want to cook them along with the oatmeal and dried fruit. Top with slivered almonds and cinnamon if you choose and a splash of milk.
Within a few minutes you will be eating a hearty, healthy and delicious breakfast. The apple juice sweetens the oatmeal perfectly to my taste. If you are diabetic or avoiding all sugar, you can use all water and add a sweetener of your choice.