I love breakfast… but I can never wake up early enough to make a full-on 10 part breakfast on weekdays. #lifeprobems. So, I default to the next best thing – oatmeal. (that descalted quickly, I know)
Oatmeal is quick, easy, delicious, variation-able & transportable, meaning:
- Quick: I still have time to look oh, so amazing for work bc let’s be honest, bed head.
- Easy: Hard to mess up even when my brain is functioning at 5% while waking up.
- Delicious: I will like it.
- Variation-able (probably not even a real word, but work with me…): The ability to be adapted based on whatever you got in your fridge and pantry.
- Transportable: I can eat this at work without it smelling profusely, making a mess, and looking weird.
So, here’s the breakfast oatmeal recipe of choice, DYAL Breakfast Oatmeal. DYAL – Do As You Like. This is one of those recipes where EVERYTHING IS OPTIONAL (maybe except for the oats part otherwise it wouldn’t really be oatmeal). All the ingredients and amounts can be adjusted per your liking. So, DO AS YOU LIKE, hence DYAL.
Also, you can pretty much make this recipe anywhere if you have hot water, the ingredients, and a bowl. I make it at home and bring it to work, but I have also made it at work on the fly. If you make it at work, ppl will think you be eating the fanciest oatmeal ever.
DAYL Breakfast Oatmeal
Prep time: 5 min ⊥ Cook time: 7 minutes ⊥ Servings: 1
- 3 tablespoons quick oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds + whatever protein or powder you have (optional)
- drizzles of honey/condensed milk/sweetner (to taste) – start with 2 tsp
- splash of almond extract or pinch of almond powder (optional)
- splash of vanilla (optional)
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 3/4 cup very hot water (more or less depending on how you like your oatmeal consistency)
- 3 tablespoons milk (to make it creamy)
- diced fresh fruit or dried fruit, whatever your fridge or pantry holds! (examples: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, Craisins, any berries in general)
- almonds or granola (optional – for topping)
- Combine quick oats, chia seeds, honey, almond extract, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl sustainable to hot water. No need to stir, unless you want to.
- Add hot water to bowl and cover with lid (or in my case an upside down plate) to let cook. Again, no need to stir, unless you want to.
- Go brush your teeth, do your make up, hair, whatever. You have at least 7 minutes.
- Come back to your oatmeal when you’re ready to leave for work. Add your milk and fruit. Transfer to cup-like container to take to work. Now, give it a quick stir.
- Go to work. Your oatmeal starts to creamize during your commute. The chia seeds soften up. Fruit essence will soak in. All the flavors will begin to come together.
- After you get to work, grab some coffee in the breakroom, log onto your computer, check your email, sprinkle some almonds on your oatmeal, grab a spoon and dig in!
Often times, I will double the recipe and make a big cup to last me two days. After eating half portion, I will stick in the fridge for tomorrow. After being fridged, tomorrow’s oatmeal is a little colder and thicker, but still delicious nonetheless.