Friday, July 10, 2015

Dorm Room Oatmeal

This fall we will have a college freshman in the house or should I say out of the house. As anyone headed to college knows this throws up a whole lot of challenges. Downsizing and sharing everything with a room mate, living on your own, time management and in our case leaving the beloved pets behind. The last thing you want to worry about is food.

If you have heard of the phrase 'freshman 15' then you know food is something you have to worry about. Freshman 15 refers to the weight an average freshman puts on during the freshman year. Whether it is the freedom to eat what you want, when you want or the quality of food this is a statistics that makes most freshman cringe. With this recipe I am starting a new section in this space 'Dorm room recipes'.

Most dorms allow the students a mini refrigerator and a microwave. Some may allow an electric hot plate but most do not. Most students live in a dorm the first couple years before moving to apartments. These first couple years are the time when they have to cope with so many changes that cooking anything elaborate may not be an option. Today I have a simple breakfast oatmeal recipe.

You may choose to use fresh berries if you happen to have gone shopping. If not skip the berries. Except for the milk all the other ingredients can be stored for an extended period of time. I used rolled oats but you could use steel cut oats. You will have to cook them longer.

You will need
1/4 cup rolled or steel cut oats
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tbsp. ground flax seeds (optional)
10-15 raisins
1/2 - 1 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste, you can use brown or white sugar)
1 cup milk
1 tsp. cinnamon powder

In a microwave safe cup mix all the ingredients except the cinnamon powder. Cook for a minute in the microwave. Stir and cook for half a minute. Repeat stirring and cooking for half a minute until the milk comes to a boil and the oatmeal is tender. For rolled oats it should take a total of 1:30 minutes. For steel cut oats it should take about 3 minutes.

Allow the oatmeal to cool a little and then mix in the cinnamon powder. Add fresh berries if desired.

This is my entry for week one, day one of BM #54 for the theme Dorm room recipes. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#54.


  1. Such a simple yet delicious oatmeal recipe. Looks so inviting..

  2. Good to know about freshman 15, and all u mentioned ..Nice info.. Dorm room oatmeal looks yummy and healthy..

  3. yummy dorm room recipe..looks healthy too..

  4. Looks lovely with those fresh berries , healthy too.

  5. A prefect breakfast dish, healthy and filling.

  6. This is always my go-to breakfast recipe. Though I use apples instead of berries.

  7. quick breakfast !! and sumptuous too

  8. You will be needing to update more recipes like this soon :) Love the oatmeal as it is quite filling and healthy as well.

  9. Healthy & filling oatmeal that is super simple to make. This is my everyday go-to breakfast.

  10. a standard of mine...oatmeal makes the perfect comfort food

  11. I have been looking forward to this series, nice reading about it..oatmeal sounds easy to assemble...and all the best to your daughter!


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