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The Best Basic Oatmeal Recipe


This basic oatmeal recipe will become your go-to healthy breakfast. It takes only a few minutes to make thanks to the simple and healthy ingredients!


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (we use 1%)
  • water (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract (avoid HFCS)
  • sweetener of your choice (we use stevia)
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • sea salt, just a sprinkle (may not be necessary if your cottage cheese has salt in it)


  1. Prepare oats as normal (we usually boil water to add to plain oats)
  2. Add the desired amount of liquid and microwave for 30 seconds
  3. Remove, add cottage cheese and return to microwave for 30 seconds
  4. Once finished, add remaining ingredients and stir together
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American