Recipe: 2-minute Super-charged Oatmeal

Try it with fruit, nuts and pumpkin spice

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts

If you want the benefits of oatmeal but think it takes too long to make in the morning, think again. This oatmeal recipe is hearty and fiber-rich, with pumpkin spice, fruit and nuts for sweetness and crunch, and it’s ready in two minutes! Make it in the microwave — what could be easier? It’ll keep you going all morning long!


  • ¼ cup oatmeal (old-fashioned, not instant)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
  • 1 cup fat free milk (can also substitute almond, rice or soy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons nuts (no salt)
  • ½ cup cut up fresh or frozen (thawed) fruit
  • 1 tablespoon all bran cereal


  1. In a 4-cup microwaveable bowl, combine oatmeal, flax, spice, and milk.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes on high setting.
  3. While oatmeal is cooking, measure out nuts, fruit and bran cereal into a serving bowl.
  4. Pour cooked oatmeal mixture into the serving bowl and enjoy.

Nutritional information

Makes 1 serving

Calories: 360
Fat: 1.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Sodium: 140 mg
Protein: 17 grams
Carbohydrates: 45 grams
Sugars: 19 grams
Dietary fiber: 9 grams

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  • Fowler

    Microwave? Not good. Do some research please.You have a tremendous social responsibility and podium to be truthful about what it does to food.You need to catch up with the American public. Thank you.

    • Dillonvale1964

      Americans are among the fattest people on earth, eating god-awful Egg McMuffins from the McDonald’s drive thru every morning, and you are worried about microwaving your oatmeal? The harder we make healthy eating, the less likely we’ll do it. Bring on the microwave!

    • Fdomeniconi

      I don’t see any problem about microwave (and yes, I did some research)

    • “BR”

      Some people are microwave-phobic! Cooking in a microwave oven is probably low on the list of most Americans’ food preparation and food choice problems. Grilling? Char-broiling? Non-stick cookware? Come on. This recipe is a step in the right direction, no matter how it’s prepared.

  • David

    That’s an awfully large amount of sugar for a single serving!

  • Chris Weigand

    45 grams of carb is too much for me as I am type 2 diabetic…

  • Stacy

    Isn’t that a lot of sugar for breakfast?

  • Kareng

    Trader Joes also has a frozen “steel cut and quinoa” oatmeal for single servings. I add walnuts, fruit, Greek yogurt and cinnamon, takes 4 minutes in the microwave, less calories and tastes great. Excellent for working people with access to a microwave. After reading your recipe I’m now going to alternate pumpkin spice and cinnamon. Thanks for all your recipes.

  • Bev

    I microwave original oatmeal with raisins, and dried blueberries. Then, after cooking, add pepper, cinnamon, good shake; turmeric, ginger,1/4 t.; chia seeds, milled flaxseed, and honey. 1t those three. I switch around walnuts, slivered almonds, and very ripe bananas. Then some milk. My husband calls it my gruel…..but I like it, and know it’s healthy. Side benefit is when I order oatmeal out, I enjoy the “original” flavor. (It will grow on you!)

  • Wichita lineman

    Sugar too much or not depends serving size. You can adjust a recipe for more or less no, and get the exact calories you want? Common people you were taught fractions in school if you paid attention.

  • Wichita lineman

    Diabetics…Cut the milk quantity and cut the sugar calories. My daughter enjoys hot oatmeal without any milk. More water can make it more moist if you like it that way.

  • Penny Oosterman

    My daughter says micro waving food destroys all the nutrients in the food. Is this true?

  • GeorgeBMac

    Love the oatmeal – but can’t stand it with the flaxseed. It makes it gooey and almost gluelike.

  • Sue

    Way too much sugar and carbs for Type Ii diabetics.

  • Lou

    I would need to leave out the bran. It tends to flare up collagenous colitis. But otherwise this sounds good.