Oatmeal is a great “blank canvas” recipe. It adapts beautifully to sweet or savoury toppings. In the version above, I have mixed the two by adding some avocado, raspberries and chia seeds. The avocado adds to the creaminess and provides some healthy fats and the raspberries, some sweetness and a tang. If you want it to be a little sweeter, add a drizzle of honey, or maple syrup to keep it vegan!

the mixed berry and banana version. You can’t go wrong with some banana and berries, add some shredded coconut and you have a winner.

A half-cup serving of a leading brand of quick oats (cooked with milk) contains the following:

  • 190 calories
  • 27 grams of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 3 grams of fat (.5 gram saturated)
  • 10 percent daily value (DV) of iron
Oatmeal can be rich in other minerals. The same cup of plain, instant oatmeal contains:

  • 25 percent DV of magnesium
  • 30 percent DV of phosphorous
  • Significant amounts of selenium, copper and manganese