Your morning bowl of oatmeal gets a protein boost, thanks to cottage cheese! These rich and creamy oats are so satisfying and you can make them in just 5 minutes!

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Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts, but I’ve been trying to make an effort to eat more protein. A serving of rolled oats has about 5g of protein and I usually top my bowl with some peanut butter or almond butter for another 5g of protein. But I wanted to see if I could bump it up a little more, since I often eat my oatmeal after a workout. I loved cottage cheese in my overnight oats so I thought, why not add it to my regular oatmeal? It turned out great!

Why I Love This Recipe

  • This oatmeal is packed with protein!
  • You can make this quickly in the microwave
  • It’s filling and delicious!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Rolled oats: Also known as old-fashioned oats, these oats have a hearty, chewy texture. You can also use instant oats. Do not use steel-cut oats as they take much longer to cook.
  • Cottage cheese: I used 4% milk fat cottage cheese but 2% works well, too.
  • Honey or maple syrup: Feel free to substitute with any sweetener you like.
  • Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla extract adds a little sweetness but you can skip it if you don’t have it.
  • Toppings: I added fresh fruit, a drizzle of peanut butter, and chia seeds but you can use any topping you like.

Tips for Making Oatmeal in the Microwave

I like to make my oatmeal in the microwave because it’s fast and easy! Here are my tips for making oatmeal in the microwave:

  • Use a very large bowl as oatmeal will expand rapidly while cooking. To be safe, I use a bowl that holds about 6 cups when cooking 1/2 cup of oats.
  • You’ll want to add about one cup of water for every 1/2 cup of rolled oats.
  • Microwave for 2 1/2-3 minutes on 70% power. You may need to adjust slightly based on your microwave. You can avoid the oatmeal boiling over by not cooking at full power.
  • After 2 1/2 minutes, use oven mitts to remove the oats from the microwave and stir. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to let it thicken.
  • If the oatmeal is still runny, microwave for another 30 seconds for a thicker consistency.

How to Make Oatmeal with Cottage Cheese