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Quick Berry Oatmeal

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Questions?? - Contact author Cami Wells, MS, RD

¼ cup quick oatsBerry oatmeal
½ cup non-fat milk
½ cup frozen berries
2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
1 Tablespoon finely chopped nuts* (optional)

  1. Place oats, milk, berries and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover. Microwave 1 ½ to 2 minutes until hot, stirring at least once. Watch mixture closely so that it does not cook over the bowl.  Handle carefully as bowl may be hot.
  2. Top with nuts and enjoy! Makes 1 serving. Each serving contains: 154 calories, 1 g fat, 7 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 52 mg sodium without brown sugar and nuts (and with brown sugar and nuts: 225 calories, 6 g fat, 8 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate and 54 mg of sodium).

*If serving to young children, chop finely to reduce choking hazard.

Cook's Notes: 

  • Consider using a larger bowl or even a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup with "space" at the top to heat oatmeal if problems with overflowing occur.
  • Adding berries after cooking oatmeal to help mixture to "cool down" is another option.
  • Be careful when serving to children to make sure that bowl and oatmeal are not too hot. Consider placing oatmeal in another bowl before serving to a young child. 
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