Ultimate Loaded Oatmeal

Servings: Approx. 8-10; Total Time: 20-minutes

Recipe developed by: Shannon Costello, RDN, LD with CFW


  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 medium apple, diced into ½-inch cubes Ground cinnamon, to taste
  • 6 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)
  • Ground nutmeg, to taste
  • Ground cardamom, to taste (optional)

Optional Toppings & Mix-ins:

  • 1 tablespoon nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup fruit of choice, fresh or frozen* (banana, mixed berries, pear, peach, etc.)
  • ¼ cup low-sugar granola
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried fruit
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  2. Heat a large stock pot over high heat. Add oil and diced apples. Season apples with cinnamon to taste. Gently shake the pot or use a spoon to stir until apples are evenly coated in oil and cinnamon. Reduce heat to medium, and let cook for about 3 minutes, or until apples are softened and juicy.
  3. Add milk and bring to a low boil. Then, add oats, quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, Greek yogurt, and nut butter (optional).
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continuously stir ingredients while adding remaining ingredients - honey, nutmeg and cardamom. Add additional cinnamon, if desired.
  5. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Continue to stir occasionally and allow to cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  6. Once oats and quinoa are cooked through, add in fruit of choice (optional). *If using frozen fruit, allow additional time to thaw and warm thoroughly.
  7. Remove pot from heat and serve warm with optional toppings or additional seasonings. Allow leftovers to cool completely before stirring in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Meal Prep Tip: Divide evenly into individual, microwave-safe containers for a quick, pre-portioned breakfast throughout the week.

What makes this the ultimate breakfast?

It's satisfying, delicious, and gives you a variety of nutrients to start the day off right. I Simply make a big pot on the weekend and set yourself up for success for the week."