Traditional Oatmeal Recipe: You Won’t Regret it!

August 19, 2016

As dietitians and food lovers, we are always asking people to have oatmeal for breakfast. And the reaction is always quite blank with a nod of “yeah, sure I’ll have oatmeal.” And then I ask “have you had it before?” and there’s always one of two answers: 


  1. Yes, it tastes like cardboard.
  2. No, how do you make that stuff.

This post is written by  Baraa Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.

But, because I really love oatmeal and it tastes great if you prepare it right, I’m going to share with you a very basic recipe that actually tastes super good. 


Our favorite breakfast recipe

Our favorite breakfast recipe

But before we get started, what are the benefits of oatmeal?

The benefits mainly come from it’s whole grain properties which include:

  1. High fiber content
  2. Keeps you fuller for longer
  3. Lowers cholesterol
  4. Strengthens your immune system
  5. Serves as antioxidant against physiological stress
  6. Promotes digestive health and many more


The simple and delicious oatmeal recipe:


Oatmeal ingredients

Oatmeal ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 small banana
  • Almonds and walnuts for garnish
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon


Method of preparation: 

  1. Place the oats in a small pan over low heat and add in the milk.
  2. Stir the oats and milk to make sure the oats are submerged. 
  3. Make sure the oats are on low heat, on the side, mash the banana in a bowl.
  4. Turn off the stove after 4 minutes of cooking.
  5. Place the oats in the banana bowl and mix in the cinnamon.
  6. Add the garnish that you like, almonds and walnuts are my favorite with this mix. 


Nutrition Facts

In 1 serving 
Calories 280 kcal
Protein 13 grams
Fat 5.4 grams
Carbohydrates 50 grams


Here’s a short video of how we did it:


Stay tuned for more oatmeal recipes soon including overnight oats for those who like breakfasts on the cooler side.  For an on-the-go delicious baked oat cups recipe that you can prepare ahead of time check out this recipe by our co-founder dietitian Nadeen Haidar.  

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Baraa El Sabbagh

US Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us
Her passion for athletics and nutrition is contagious. The fireball of the group is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, who will always find a solution for your exercise woes. Baraa is a research enthusiast who will never let a new study slip past her without dissecting it. She loves sharing all of her daily health tricks with you as they will be one of the reasons you will succeed in your health journey.

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