Breakfast, Recipes

4-Minute Microwave Oatmeal

December 7, 2013

4-minute microwave oatmeal

This is what I eat for breakfast every single morning. I have been doing so for the last 2 months and am still not sick of it….I guess this just shows how creative I really am in the kitchen, doesn’t it?

It’s not like I don’t like stovetop oats or that I don’t have time in the mornings to spend 10 minutes on preparing breakfast. I do! But why choose the hard way, if you can have the exact same result in less time…?

It really only takes a few minutes to prepare.  Just combine the oats, chia seeds and a chopped banana in a bowl. Add milk and a bit of water and after 3 minutes in the microwave, give it a good stir. Then your oatmeal should look something like this…

4-minute microwave oatmeal

Yeah I know. Looks a bit bland and isn’t that much fun to eat. And no, I don’t expect you to eat the oatmeal looking that plain and boring.  I like to style my breakfast up with fruit or berries for pops of color and granola for crunch.

Taaa Daaaa…..much better.

4-minute microwave oatmeal

If you ask me, then I‘d have to say that the key ingredients in this oatmeal are definitely the chia seeds, banana and cinnamon. The chia seeds thicken, the banana sweetens and the cinnamon makes it taste like Christmas. Sometimes I will also stir in some desiccated coconut to change up the flavors a bit. However, I ran out of coconut and had ordered some more online from Tesco. But it looks like Tesco didn’t have any in stock either so they decided to deliver milk powder instead. Now, I can think of a million things that bear more resemblance to desiccated coconut than milk powder, but apparently Tesco thinks otherwise.

To cut a long story short: if I had had desiccated coconut on hand, I would have stirred a tablespoon or two in right at the end.

4-minute microwave oatmeal

4-Minute Microwave Oatmeal

serves 1


  • 1 medium banana
  • ~1/3 cup Scottish porridge oats
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 150ml milk {I used unsweetened almond milk, but any kind of milk will work}
  • 60ml water
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • optional: 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • eat with: berries, fruit, granola, nut butters


Prepare a cereal bowl. Chop in the banana {the slices should be around 1/2cm thick}. On top of that add the oats and chia seeds. Pour the milk and water mixture into the bowl and carefully give it a stir. It’s important that you add the ingredients in that exact order, otherwise the banana will cover the oats and they won’t cook!

Place the bowl into the microwave, set it to 3 minutes on high. After 1.5-2 minutes take out the bowl, stir gently. The banana should have softened by now. Put the oats back into the microwave for another minute. You’ll notice them bubbling, that’s the cue to take them out. Add the cinnamon, stir again and serve with fruit and granola.

4-minute microwave oatmeal

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