I never liked oatmeal or porridge or grits when I was little. My brother looooved grits, but I don't remember anyone in my house eating oatmeal. About 10 years ago, I decided it would be helpful if I liked oatmeal. It would give me more breakfast options, especially to eat at work. It has lots of soluble fiber and some protein, so it keeps you full (especially if you add things like nut butter or seeds) and helps digestion. So I tried it in restaurants and at other people's houses, and hated the texture and flavor. It was so soggy/mushy/blah. I'd given up. Then, a few years later, I'm not sure why, I bought some instant oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, and made it at home.I barely added any water. And the heavens opened, and angels sang. I'd solved the oatmeal conundrum.

Ever since, I've been making oatmeal at home (usually with less refined sugar, but more fruit), with only enough water to make it into a dry cookie-batter consistency. My wife won't eat it this way. She always says "that is not oatmeal!" Reminds of me of the Friends episode where Rachel gets a hairless cat, and Joey says "that is not a cat!" My wife uses the same tone. (Video snippet here for those that weren't crazy fans like us.) For anyone who thinks they don't like oatmeal, try it this way before you completely give up on it!


Healthy Oatmeal
Oatmeal Cookie-Batter Style
Serves 1
1/2 C rolled oats
1 T chia seeds
1 T maple syrup
1 1/2 T water Optional toppings: 1/2 banana, small apple, 1/3 C blueberries, raisins, 1 T almond butter, pumpkin seeds


  1. Mix oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, if using, and syrup together.
  2. Mix in water. Once oat mixture is almost sticking together like a semi dry oatmeal cookie dough (you might need to add a few more drops of water, depending on the humidity of the day), add sliced banana or apple if using.
  3. Pop in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Mix in more water a few drops at a time if it's too dry after heating.
  4. Top with bluberries or raisins if using.

Take a deep breath and appreciate what you’ve just made, and are about to enjoy!

Survey time! Which side are you on - traditional or more dry? Tell me in the comments, near the blog title.