Friday, March 21, 2014

{recipe} 3 minute oatmeal

There are soooo many things I need to blog about. For example, my trip to Prague (in November of last year!!!), an awesome food tour I went on in Madrid, my first solo trip to Zaragoza, Spain, a beautiful hike in the Spanish countryside, my travel plans for the rest of the year (I'm so excited), and of course my wonderful boyfriend's law school spring break trip to visit little ol' me in Madrid. But currently my laptop is sadly broken. The cooling fan has gone kaput, so it is now time to put some of these English teaching euros aside for a computer repair. Womp womp womppppp. Anyways, you didn't click on this link to read about my troubles in blogging paradise. Amirightttt? Alas, it is finally time for the most perfect oatmeal recipe around. And it only takes three minutes to make. (No really, it took me longer to make my cafe con leche than it did to churn out this delicious recipe.)

I have had a really hard time finding the chewy rolled oats I am used to eating at home in Madrid. The box I bought from the grocery store looked promising, but had an incredibly goopy, soupy texture. Ick. What can I say? I'm a texture girl through and through. I found these oats at a natural food store near my flat, called La Magdalena de Proust. I was like a middle aged man in a Ferrari showroom the first time I walked in there. It takes all of my willpower not to buy everything in sight. I have to keep reminding myself, "Do you want this bag of chia seeds or do you want to eat chocolate in Switzerland?" Priorities, obviously. When I saw a 500g bag of rolled oats for 2€ at this store though, all bets were off. I was so happy after leisurely waking up and rolling out of bed to be able to make a favorite breakfast item from home. So what makes this particular oatmeal so special? A very awesome addition of a mashed banana to the oats/milk mixture. It thickens the oatmeal and adds a natural sweetness. Usually I dump a bunch of brown sugar into my oatmeal, but I didn't need any additional sweetness with this recipe! 

3 Minute Oatmeal
Recipe by Fannetastic Food


One mashed banana
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of skim milk
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Toppings of your choice- I added peanut butter and another sliced banana on top.


Mash banana at the bottom of a microwaveable bowl. Pour oats and milk on top and then add cinnamon. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Add toppings and dig in!

Hey, guess what? You only have to clean one bowl now. Happy weekend!

xx, Jen


  1. Hahaha - "Do you want this bag of chia seeds or do you want to eat chocolate in Switzerland?" - I am the same way! I keep popping in health food stores to look at the prices of chia seeds and coconut oil but always talk myself out of it!

    1. Seriously! I just keep telling myself that I can buy all the health food I want when I move back home. For now, it's only plane tickets and local food.

  2. Love this! making it right now!!!
    And I had no idea your boyfriend is in law school, can we start a support group! PS you being in Spain really has no effect on the amount you see a law student!

    1. hahaha I bet! My boyfriend is always at a club meeting, or a trial practice session, or at his internship, or studying for class. Go law school girlfriends!! ;)

  3. Mmm, I love oatmeal for breakfast in the winter! Do you also make overnight oats? It´s bascially the laziest (and therefore best) thing when you have 8 a.m. classes awaiting...

  4. Oatmeal is the best..I think I made it every morning for about 3 years straight hah! Have fun on your travels I can't wait to hear more!


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