Summer Berry Oatmeal

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I. Love. Oatmeal.

I can’t believe that took me 13 years to figure out. Thirteen, people! While I could’ve been nourishing my body with heart healthy oats, instead I chose to eat frozen pancakes, Danimals, and sugary cereals for breakfast. 

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There are so many of combinations you can do with oats. Banana cream pie, pina colada, carrot cake, peanut butter chocolate, apple pie, etc. Not to mention things like oatmeal bakes (my personal fave!). Lately my combo has been totally summerified. Strawberries, blueberries, banana, and sunbutter!

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I feel like it’s kind of cheating by posting an oatmeal recipe. But hey, if this recipe turn someone into an oatmeal believer, then I’m happy!

Instead of a full 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, sometimes I’ll do about 1/8 cup muesli and the rest regular oats. I’m not even a fan of raisins but I really thought they added a nice touch to these! Otherwise you can just do all oats. Whatever floats your boat, man.

oatmeal with strawberries blueberries banana and sunbutter

Sometimes I get fancy and make pretty designs, other times I just throw the fruit on and DIG IN.

summer berry oatmeal with fruit and sunbutter

Summer Berry Oatmeal
Serves 1
This hearty breakfast will turn anyone into an oatmeal lover!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/2 c water
  4. 1/2 c milk
  5. 1/2 banana
  6. dash of salt
  7. 1 tsp chia seeds
  8. 1/4 c kefir
  9. 1 tbsp cottage cheese
for topping
  1. strawberries, blueberries, banana, peanut butter
  1. Bring 1 cup mixture of water and milk to a boil. Add oats, cinnamon, 1/2 banana, and a dash of salt and turn heat down to low and cover.
  2. After 10 minutes, take off the cover and stir. Cover for 10 more minutes. Then add the kefir and stir to incorporate. Then add the cottage cheese and stir again.
  3. Pour oats into a bowl and arrange toppings!
  1. You can sub up to 1/4 of the oats for muesli. Feel free to add any toppings of your choice!
  2. You can also make these as overnight oats. Add the oats, milk, water, kefir, salt, and chia to a bowl, mix, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, microwave and add cinnamon, cottage cheese, and toppings.
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Try some other variations! Same base, different toppings.

peach banana overnight oats

Peach Banana Oats

overnight oats

Blueberry Sunbutter Muesli Oats

raspberry overnight oats

Banana Raspberry Overnight Oats


overnight oats in a sunbutter jar

OIAJ – oats in a jar. Cook oatmeal regularly, then pour into an almost empty nut butter jar!

Tomorrow I’m leaving for UTAH! I’m not sure how frequent posting will be. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what’s going on! πŸ˜€

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

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    Story from my dark dark past: I had a 3 year period where I just ate instant oatmeal packets. The first time I had nut butter and berries and milk and everything on my oatmeal, I entered a whole new world. There’s nothing better in the summer than oatmeal and berries! Sunbutter, almond butter, and peanut butter are my favorite kinds of nut butters to add on top. And lots of berries. Always. xx
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    Oatmeal is the best! One of my favorite breakfasts of all time. I just can’t get over how delicious and comforting a big bowl in the morning is! Also, HOLY HECK. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Oatmeal is the best! I always bring oatmeal with me on flights and ask for hot water to make them! :) I love fresh berries, dried berries, ripe bananas, flax seeds, almond/peanut butter on my oatmeal!

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    Omg, hi5 me! My breakfast history has made me feel like a food blogger sinner for so long…I spent a good 15-17 years of my life eating white bread, margarine, cheap ‘jam’, poptarts, cheerios, crumpets and pb sammies in the morning before I eventually decided to make some real oats. Oats are such an amazing + versatile gift of the earth! (And we both know that this is NO exaggeration!! ;)) They can be topped with anything and everything, and even better – they are beautiful on their own with some milk and sugar. It takes a true foodie to appreciate the wholesome beauty of oats in their true light <3 I love granola too, topped with swirls of huge pb swirls, chocolate chips…just anything and everything. Your oatmeal pics are always divine and I end up caving a bowl of it – this is especially terrible when I am flicking through instagram whilst cooking dinner haha!!

    Team oats forever! Hope you are well Leigha :)

    Tash x
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      Thanks Tash! Oh man, I don’t even want to think about the breakfasts I used to eat.. *shudder* πŸ˜‰ so happy I discovered oats!

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    Hi my “Yooper Girl” (loveeee that name!!!) Just an old fashion oats gal myself. Love the stuff, love any kind of fruit too. Keep on cookin”. I wish you “Good Health”! Cheryl “Cheffie Cooks” Wiser.

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    Emily says

    This looks SO delicious ! I will never be going back to the instant microwaved oatmeal again! Do you think you could make a recipe for halloween cupcakes/cookies ! Thanks!

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