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Microwave Oatmeal

Are you looking for creamy, healthy, delicious oatmeal that can be made in 3 minutes? Try this easy microwave oatmeal recipe for a high-protein breakfast made right in your microwave!

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Microwave oatmeal

One of my favorite go-to breakfasts is easy protein oatmeal. A big bowl of warm oats, packed with protein, and topped with fruits and nut butter hits the spot every time! I love making protein oatmeal because it's healthy, packed with nutrients, easy to make, and delicious.

My original recipe for easy protein oatmeal is awesome, but it requires a stovetop. I had a few college students reach out to tell me they wanted to try this for breakfast, but couldn't because they didn't have a stove in their dorm room. Have no fear! This microwave oatmeal recipe is easy, packed with protein, and can be made right in your microwave! Grab a bowl, ingredients, and find the nearest microwave for this easy microwave oatmeal.

What ingredients do I need?

The recipe only requires a few ingredients. I love recipes that are EASY and use what I already have in the pantry and this recipe definitely meets those requirements. You'll need:

  • Quick oats - I prefer quick oats, but you could use steel-cut, rolled, old-fashioned, or whatever kind of oats you like best.
  • Water - This will be used to cook the oats.
  • Egg Whites - I always add egg whites to my oatmeal if I'm able! It is a great way to add protein using whole foods, plus it gives a thick and creamy texture.
  • Fruit - Adding fruit isn't a requirement, they will add some sweetness to the oatmeal.
  • Nut Butter - Using nut butter will add healthy fats to the oatmeal to keep you fueled. Plus, it tastes amazing. A natural nut butter will be best because it'll be extra creamy!
  • Granola - A sprinkle of your favorite granola will add a crunch to the oatmeal. It's not totally necessary, but I think makes for a better bowl.

Should I really use egg whites?

I always, always add protein to oatmeal because it helps keep me full and fueled—it’s where the power comes from! My not-so-secret secret to adding protein to oats is not protein powder, but egg whites! When I tell people I add egg whites for protein, they usually are skeptical, but hey: don’t hate it until you try it. Liquid egg whites are high in protein and they add a thick and creamy texture to the oats. Starting your day with protein power oats will help keep you fuller for longer!

Are there any substitutions?

  • Oats - You can use whatever kind of oats you have on hand! If you'd rather use flavored oatmeal packets, that's great as well.
  • Egg whites - Adding egg whites will make the bowl have more protein, but it's definitely not a requirement for microwave oatmeal.
  • Fruit - I prefer berries, but adding frozen or fresh fruit to the top will definitely help with making the oatmeal more sweet.
  • Nut butter - I like natural peanut butter or almond butter, but you can use any kind of nut butter you have available.
  • Granola - There isn't a certain kind of granola you should use — whatever you like best! My favorite kind is whatever I have in my pantry.

Can I really cook this in the microwave?

Totally! If you have a stovetop, try my easy protein oatmeal. While cooking on the stovetop makes for a thicker and creamier consistency, cooking oatmeal in the microwave can work just as good. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl and spoon! The key to cooking this microwave oatmeal is to stop the microwave every 30 seconds to give the oatmeal a stir so that the egg whites are cooked correctly. If you don't stop the microwave and stir the oatmeal while it's cooking, the egg whites will get chunky. You'll still be able to eat them, the texture just won't be what you're expecting. All you need to do is keep cooking the oats and stirring until the egg whites are cooked through (the egg whites will no longer be transparent.)

How do I make this?

  1. Place rolled oats, water, and egg whites in a small bowl.
  2. Stir the ingredients together and place the bowl in the microwave.
  3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping the time and stirring every 30 seconds.
  4. If necessary, add additional 30 second increments until egg whites are cooked.
  5. Remove bowl from microwave and let cool.
  6. Top the oatmeal with fruit and nut butter.
  7. Sprinkle with granola and enjoy!

Can I have the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! Get creative with toppings as well. If you don’t want peanut butter and berries on top, add something you prefer. Try what you love and make this your own!

More breakfast inspiration

For more healthy, high-protein breakfast ideas, try my easy pancake skillet or easy protein oatmeal. Here are some similar recipes:

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Microwave Protein Oatmeal

A recipe for protein oatmeal made with oats, egg whites, and delicious toppings! It's made in one bowl in your microwave in less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time4 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, protein oatmeal, protein oats, protein power oats
Servings: 1
Calories: 407kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • microwave safe bowl
  • spoon

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓-1 cup liquid egg whites
  • ½ cup fruit
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tbsp granola

Instructions

  • Place rolled oats, water, and egg whites in a small bowl.
  • Stir the ingredients together and place the bowl in the microwave.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stopping the time and stirring every 30 seconds.
  • If necessary, add additional 30 second increments until egg whites are cooked.
  • Remove bowl from microwave and let cool.
  • Top the oatmeal with fruit and nut butter.
  • Sprinkle with granola and enjoy!

Notes

The nutrition facts will changed based on your toppings!

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1013IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg
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