3 Microwave Oatmeal Recipes to Kickstart Your Day

Microwave Oatmeal RecipesWake up!  Yawn.  Wake up!  When you get yourself out of bed in the morning, head right to the kitchen and make yourself a nice hot yummy bowl of oatmeal to start your day.  Do yourself a favor, and have a satisfying breakfast to make you feel good and have energy for the day.  And a hot bowl of oatmeal is perfect for that.

Oatmeal makes you feel good, it’s no wonder many people love it for breakfast, lunch or even for dinner.  It’s healthy, filling, easy to make, and it’s cheap!  That’s another great bonus.  There’s really no downside to eating oatmeal , it is very good for you and will keep you going till lunch time.  All you need is some oats, some water or your choice of milk, cook it and it’s ready to eat, just like that!  But many people love to add in a few extras to make it a bit more tasty.  Adding ingredients like cinnamon, or raisins, is super easy and really ups the tastiness.  Fresh fruit pieces are also a favorite and very healthy for you.  Just stir them into your oatmeal before cooking for most, after cooking for things like nuts, and there you have a delicious oatmeal, that’s ready in minutes.  And to make things even easier on you, you can cook your oatmeal breakfast in your microwave oven.  I usually use the microwave, as it’s quicker, lazier (less effort than over the stove!), and then I don’t have to wash up the pot afterwards!  I sound super lazy, but why not!  Oatmeal tastes great whether you cook it over the stove or in the microwave.


Want to come up with your own oatmeal recipe?  See our article on ways to spice up your morning oatmeal, for more oatmeal recipe ideas.


From fresh and dried fruits, to spices, and nuts, i have no doubt you will find the perfect oatmeal for you, just get cooking and experimenting with recipes.  You can even change the recipes below if you like.  And don’t forget you can add a topping to your cooked oatmeal like sliced bananas, apples or mangoes.


Microwave Oatmeal Recipes

Here are some of our favorite microwave oatmeal recipes, cook them as is, or feel free to vary some of the ingredients to what you have available to you.  For example raisins for blueberries, or use an apple instead of a banana etc.  Most fruits and/or nuts taste pretty good together, just don’t go overboard by adding too many sweeteners (sugar, maple syrup, honey etc).

You can change the amount of oats for the number of serves you want to make,making sure to add more water or milk as well as more of the other ingredients.


Recipe:  Banana Bread OatmealMicrowave Oatmeal - Banana Bread

Serving Size:  Makes 4 small servings or 2 large servings


  • 2 cups of uncooked oats – quick or rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar (packed firmly)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of pecans (coarsely chopped) – toasted (see below)
  • 3 cups of milk – skim, fat-free or soy
  • 2 ripe bananas (medium sized) – mashed to make 1 cup
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of nutmeg (ground)
  • 3/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon (ground)
  • Optional:  a pinch of salt
  • For topping (optional):  Sliced bananas, pecan halves, and non-fat vanilla yogurt.

Preparation Instructions:

Toasting the pecans:

In the microwave:

  1. Using a microwave-safe plate, spread out the coarsely chopped pecans evenly.
  2. Microwave pecan plate for 1 minute on the high setting.  After 1 minute, stop to stir.
  3. Then microwave on high for 30 second intervals.  Stop at the 30 second mark to check if done.  Pecans are ready when they are brown and fragrant.

In the oven:

  1. Using a shallow baking pan, spread the coarsely chopped pecans evenly.
  2. Then bake for approximately 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Pecans are toasted when the reach a light golden brown.

Directions for Microwave Cooking:

  1. For 2 servings, use 2 large (so it doesn’t overflow) microwave-safe bowls, and place oats, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt (if using).  Stir together and then microwave on high setting for 2 minutes (rolled oats), or 1 minutes (quick oats).
  2. Then stop microwave to stir mixture.
  3. Continue to microwave oats for another 1 minute (both rolled and quick oats), or until oats are hot.
  4. Now mix in the mashed bananas and toasted pecans.
  5. Top off your porridge with banana slices, yogurt and pecan halves, or another topping you prefer.

Directions for Stove Cooking:

  1. Place milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt (if using) in a pot and bring to a gentle boil over the stove.  Being careful not to overheat.
  2. Add in the cups of oats and stir.
  3. Cook oat mix on a medium heat and bring gently to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Quick oats will cook faster (approximately 1 minute), whereas rolled oats can take up to 5 minutes. Take off boil when most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Once your porridge is cooked, take it off the stove, and mix in the toasted pecans and mashed bananas.
  5. Spoon your porridge into bowls to serve.
  6. Then top with banana slices, pecan halves and yogurt – optional.


Recipe:  Banana Berry OatmealOatmeal Recipes - Banana Berry

Serving Size:   1


  • 1/2 a cup of uncooked oats (rolled or instant)
  • 1/2 a cup of water or milk
  • 1/2 a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 sliced or mashed ripe banana

Optional Additions and Variations:

  • 1/4 of a cup of blackberries, raisins or sliced strawberries
  • a tablespoon of maple syrup, honey or vanilla flavored milk.
  • a tablespoon of chopped walnuts and/or ground flax seed

Directions for Microwave Cooking:

  1. Using a large microwave safe bowl, place oats, water or milk (or mix of both), and cinnamon and mix together.
  2. Microwave on high for one minute for quick oats, or 2 minutes for rolled oats, and carefully take out of microwave.
  3. Add in the sliced or mashed banana and mix together, then microwave on high again for another minute.
  4. Remove from microwave, and stir in your blueberries and any other berries, nuts or sweeteners you wish.

Directions for Stove-top Cooking:

  1. Add oats, milk or water, and cinnamon to a pot over the stove.
  2. While stirring occasionally start to heat oats.
  3. Once oats are heated and starting to stick together, add in your banana.
  4. Now bring oats just to the boiling point, being careful not to burn.  This takes about 2 minutes for quick oats, and around 5 minutes for rolled oats.
  5. Take off the stove, and mix in your blueberries as well as any berries, nuts or sweeteners, then pour into a bowl to serve.


Recipe:  Apple Cinnamon OatmealMicrowave Oatmeal Recipes - Apple Cinnamon

Serving Size:  Makes 4 small servings or 2 large servings


  • 2 cups of uncooked rolled or quick oats
  • 3 1/2 cups of water or milk (almond goes well)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 apples – peeled, cored and chopped

Optional Additions and Variations:

  • 1/2 a cup of blueberries or raisins
  • 1/2 a cup of nuts like pecans or almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup, or vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • a tablespoon of seeds, oat bran, wheat germ, or flax seed meal

Directions for Microwave Cooking:

  1. Use 4 small or 2 large microwave safe bowls (or use a big container and serve it into bowls after cooking – containers should leave space at the top to prevent boiling over), and place your oats, cinnamon, and chopped apples.  Add in your milk or water, and mix together.  If using additional ingredients like raisins or sugar, you can mix them in now as well.
  2. Microwave each bowl on high for 1 minute (quick oats), or 2 minutes (rolled oats), then stop microwave to stir.
  3. Continue to microwave for another 1-2 minutes, until most of the liquid has absorbed, stopping once or twice to stir and check if it’s done.  Oatmeal is ready when thoroughly hot and the apples have softened.
  4. Remove from microwave, and sprinkle with nuts (if using), or other toppings and serve.

Directions for Stove-top Cooking:

  1. Using a large pot, add in the oats, apples, cinnamon and milk or water and combine together.
  2. Heat pot over a low-medium heat, stirring often, till it is about to boil.  This can take around 2-4 minutes for quick oats, and 5-7 minutes for rolled oats, depending how much you are cooking.  Oatmeal is ready when apples have softened and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Take off the stove, and add in any extras, like nuts or sugar, and mix together well, and serve.


There you have it, 3 of our favorite microwave oatmeal recipes.  Enjoy your oatmeal!  I’m sure you will, as it’s a great tasting breakfast, which is very filling, and very good for you.


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