Oatmeal for One

This simple and delicious oatmeal recipe is the perfect amount for one person. It’s the perfect healthy breakfast!

This simple and delicious oatmeal recipe is the perfect amount for one person. It's the perfect healthy breakfast!

Are you a morning person? I am most definitely not. I’ve always been a night owl, and I do my best thinking and working at night. My baby Bee (who is four months old today!) is pretty much the definition of a morning person. She wakes up every morning so happy and full of smiles and giggles. And (unfortunately for me) she likes to wake up for the day at 6:30 or so, which means that I have to go to sleep around 10 pm, or spend the whole day feeling like a zombie. Not only am I losing what I consider to be my best working hours (between 10 pm and midnight), I have to be up way earlier than I want to be. 

One thing I’ve been trying to do lately to help myself cope is to make a nice breakfast for myself every morning. I don’t have a lot of time or energy in the morning, so this simple and delicious oatmeal for one has been a lifesaver for me. It’s super easy to make, takes just a few minutes, and is hearty and filling. It gives me enough energy to keep going until lunch time, and keeps me full and happy. I make it almost every morning for breakfast, and I love that I don’t have to think about it, I just know I have something delicious and healthy to eat that doesn’t require any brain power.

This simple and delicious oatmeal recipe is the perfect amount for one person. It's the perfect healthy breakfast!

I’ve never been a huge oatmeal fan, but I read a tweet recently that said that oatmeal, like any other grain, is better with some salt and fat added to it. Once I started adding a little butter and salt to my oatmeal, it went from “meh” to amazing! I know it sounds a little weird if you grew up eating fairly bland oatmeal like I did, but butter is definitely the way to go! I prefer to sweeten the oatmeal with pure maple syrup, but since it’s expensive and I don’t always have it on hand, brown sugar works great too. I add whatever I have on hand to it, but my favorite toppings are fresh blueberries and walnuts. Some of my other favorite toppings are raisins, dried mango, shredded coconut, bananas, any kind of berry, sliced almonds, and peanut butter. I just add a little of whatever I have in the house, and it always turns out delicious! I like to finish the oatmeal with a drizzle of vanilla almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you like. I’m pretty sure I will always hate waking up early in the mornings, but this oatmeal is a pretty good consolation prize!

Oatmeal for One

Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • water to cover the oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • brown sugar or maple syrup to taste
  • fresh berries and nuts for topping
  • milk of your choice soy, almond, dairy milk, etc.


  • Add the oatmeal to a microwave safe bowl and add water to just cover the oats. Sprinkle the salt on top. Microwave for 3 minutes on high, then let stand 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and sugar, and mix to combine. Add the toppings of your choice, and finish with a splash of milk.
Servings: 1

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