Oatmeal is one of my favorite morning breakfasts and this is a super easy 3-ingredient homemade oatmeal recipe. It is nutritious, made with whole foods, packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and many more micronutrients.

How you choose to prepare your oatmeal can either energize your day or lead to feeling sluggish before you even get out the door.  These 3 simple ingredients will have a positive impact on your morning mood and energy.  


Most pre-packaged oatmeal packets have numerous ingredients and added sugar that decreases energy, plus the oatmeal becomes a processed food versus remaining a whole food. Two other drawbacks with the packaged oatmeal are the excess packaging and the expense! Trade up to homemade oatmeal and save the earth and your money!

Conscious Nibbling Experiment: Eat the packaged oatmeal one morning and note mental and physical energy before and after eating. Then the next day, eat the homemade oatmeal and note mental and physical energy. Notice any difference?


Organic Rolled Oats

Choose organic old-fashioned rolled oats.  Skip the instant oats.  Instant oats tend to get mushy, whereas rolled oats, keep their shape and are more palatable to the taste buds. 

Did you know that non-organic oats may contain small amounts of the weed killer glyphosate? Strongly recommend buying organic rolled oats. Organic is just a few cents more and many grocery stores have store-brand organic oats as an option (usually found at the top or bottom of the aisle in the oatmeal section).

Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseed meal provides amazing nutrients. One to tablespoons added to oatmeal provides both essential omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients and must be obtained from food. Lignans act as anti-oxidants and may protect against cancer  

Many people consume too little fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and just two tablespoons of flaxseed meal have three grams of fiber and enough omega-3’s for the day.

flaxseed meal
golden flaxseed meal


Top your oatmeal with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and/or blackberries. Berries are full of antioxidants, fiber, and healing nutrients and add beautiful color to morning oatmeal. Adding local blueberries to oatmeal in the summer is one of my favorite treats. I like to add them when the oatmeal is about halfway done cooking and it tastes like warm blueberry pie!

flaxseed meal
mixed berries

Conscious Nibbling Tip: When choosing berries, choose the darkest and richest color for the most antioxidants per bite. 

Oatmeal with mixed berries

3-Ingredient Homemade Oatmeal

Quick and healthy homemade oatmeal recipe.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 240 kcal


  • small saucepan


  • 1/2 cup organic 100% rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup berries choice of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal


  • In the saucepan, add water and rolled oats, flaxseed meal, berries
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes on low-medium heat, until desired consistency


Depending on how like fruit cooked, may add mid-way during the cooking time. 

Additional Oatmeal Mix-in Ideas

Spice up your oatmeal by experimenting with a variety of mix-ins:
  • Chopped apples
  • Finely chopped walnuts
  • Nut butter
  • Raisins
  • Maple syrup or local honey
  • Splash of almond or cashew milk
  • Cinnamon and cardamom
Keyword nutritious, quick recipe, vegan

Easy Morning Cooking Tips

Old-fashioned rolled oats are easy and fast to cook even in the morning.  The night before, measure out the rolled oats and place in a small pan on the stove, add the flaxseed meal and the water.  The next morning, when in the kitchen packing lunches, making morning coffee, etc.  bring the oats, water, and flaxseed meal to medium heat and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until desired consistency.  By adding the water, the night before, the cooking time decreases.

In addition to rolled oats, steel-cut oats are also a delicious and hearty alternative. Check out the yummy steel-cut oatmeal recipes on one of my favorite go-to recipe blogs, Cooke + kate

Earth-Friendly Living Tip: Save some packaging and buy rolled oats and flaxseed from a store that sells them in bulk. The flaxseed can easily be ground in a coffee grinder to make the flaxseed meal.

Let’s connect! Thoughts about the oatmeal? Any additional mix-ins that you love to add to your oatmeal? Please share! I would love to hear from you! Toggle panel: Yoast SEO

Kim Raring

I am passionate about promoting a conscious lifestyle incorporating whole plant-based foods, sustainable food-related choices, and mindful eating practices. Want to learn about simple strategies to create a feel-good lifestyle? Check out all of the conscious nibbling tips.

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