The Best 300 Calorie Oatmeal You’ll Ever Have

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Trust me when I say that as a food writer,

as someone who recently signed a contract to pen two books with Clarkson Potter,

and someone who’ll have her cake, eat it, and then eat yours,

a post about whipped and buttery rolled oats was the last thing I thought this blog would see.

But.

As unlikely as unlikely goes,

here she is.

The absolute best

300 calorie,

all natural,

whole grain,

filling beyond filling,

breakfast

you’re going to taste on a weekday morning.

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I’ve uncovered the secret to filling my bowl nearly to the brim with

ultra-fluffy,

buttery,

whipped,

and creamy

porridge.

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And this,

this

I just have to share.

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Your day (and mine)

cannot

will not

start better.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fluffy Whipped Oatmeal:

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Egg White Whipped Oatmeal

  • 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 egg whites, beaten with a fork until frothy
  • ½ tablespoon salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. In a small pot, combine oats with 1 1/3 cups water (always double the amount of water to the amount of oats. Ex: ½ cup oats cook in 1 cup water).
  2. Heat on the stovetop, uncovered, on medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a simmer (about 4 minutes). Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the oats have absorbed much of the water.
  3. Pour in the egg whites and vanilla and whip vigorously with a fork, until the mixture is well blended. Raise the burner heat to medium. Stir in the butter.
  4. Continue to cook for 4 minutes more, bringing the oats back to a simmer and stirring frequently.
  5. When the oats have absorbed all of the water and the egg whites have caused them to puff and appear creamy, cover the pot and remove it from heat. Let the oats sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir and serve immediately.

serves 1

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Comments

  1. Katie G says

    I’ve heard people on the Weight Watchers message boards mention doing this but I’ve yet to try it. I spent the entire fall this year adding canned pumpkinand banana to my oatmeal. It wasn’t very pretty to look at, but boy, was it filled to the brim, nutricious, and delicious!

  2. Katie G says

    By the way, I hope you’ll post pictures again this year of your mom’s beautiful Christmas decorations. That was my favorite post last year!

  3. says

    Oh, this is brilliant. I love oatmeal for breakfast but since it’s all carbs I find myself ravenous an hour later. Adding egg whites is a genius way to add protein to my favorite winter breakfast. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. says

    That sounds delicious. :) I notice you mention sometimes on your blog that you use peanut butter in your oatmeal too. Do you use natural peanut butter? Or say, skip/jiffy/kraft?

    • admin says

      Hey Amanda! Yes, I’ll absolutely post the banana peanut butter oats soon :) I use natural peanut butter- any kind that has only these ingredients: peanuts, salt

  5. says

    Mmmmm – nothing like oatmeal on a cold morning. I’ll have to try out the egg whites. Never thought of that! I’m always trying to up the protein, but adding protein powder tastes like chalk and sometimes I end up with too many extra calories worth of nut butter.

  6. says

    Eggs in oats are the best! Using the whole egg is even better. I make a version with 2 whole eggs, cinnamon, vanilla + maple syrup = french toast oats :)

    • Kim says

      Yes, I make my oatmeal in the microwave everyday at work. I use one cup of oats, 1 and 3/4 cups of water, microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, mix, then one more minute. Then I add my raisens or dried cranberries, or whatever else I am in the mood for. You have to stay pretty close to the microwave the last minute so the oats don’t boil over the edge of the bowl. I use the Quaker Oats Old fashioned (not the Quaker quick oats). And, this is for two servings, half a cup of oats don’t fill me up! Hope that helps! =)

  7. Katie says

    My sister makes them in the microwave. Cook like you regularly would, crack an egg in at the end. The hot oatmeal will cook the egg.

  8. says

    So random, but I just tried egg whites in my oat bran yesterday morning and I fell IN LOVE. I do a mix of sweet and savory too using oat bran plus raisins, coconut oil, chia seeds, milk and egg whites. Oh it is SO GOOD. Come to think of it, I’ve never had butter in oats before either, but I’m thinking that is something i could totally get into! 😉

  9. says

    Brilliant! I love the idea of adding an egg white. I know it’s not as healthy, but sometimes I make savory oats with a poached egg on top. It’s delicious. There might be bacon involved… Veggie Bacon.

  10. says

    I used to cook my oatmeal this way and I loved how fluffy it was.

    I think I stopped because using that much eggs every day got pricey. I tried using liquid egg white and it didn’t have the same texture or taste.

  11. johnny says

    I guess I’ve led a sheltered life, I’ve never heard of adding whipped egg whites to oatmeal. It looks fantastic and I’m sure tastes as good as it looks. So glad to hear the confidence in your blog. You are deserving of all you recieve. :)

  12. says

    This looks fantastic – I’m following through your comments trying to figure out if anyone’s tried it with egg white substitute? I’d love to have a more filling oatmeal since even making it with walnuts leaves me starving by 10:30am, but I’m pretty sure I can’t afford 4 eggs a day for breakfast! :)

  13. says

    Hmmm…egg whites? I’m squeamish! thanks for the idea?

    I do love my oatmeal, though. I often cook it so slowwwwleeee, with dried fruit. Then, either peanut butter or butter, maybe a spoonful of protein powder.

    I love creamy though, and I’m not hungry for hours!

  14. says

    I love having oatmeal in the morning and i find it keeps me full right until lunch perfectly. I usually do mine with apple, cinnamon or other fruit and nut combinations, but never egg. I wouldn’t mind trying the “french toast” version someone left in the comments too. Great recipe!

  15. Carole says

    I guess I’ve been living under a rock too, because I never heard of adding egg whites to oatmeal! This would solve my problem of needing protein in the morning to stabilize blood sugar. Trying it soon.

  16. Angel says

    Anyone know if this still tastes good if you make a big batch and refrigerate/microwave for the week? I am out the door by 5:20 every morning and I don’t have time to stand at the stove for breakfast. Thanks!

    • Amanda says

      It probably won’t be as good, but I plan on trying it! I’ll let you know how it goes… or if you’ve tried it already, you can tell me! <3

  17. Saman says

    I love adding egg whites to my oatmeal! The only difference for me is a I add a few less oats (1/4 c. dry), less egg white (1/4 c.) and after that’s all cooked I add a mashed banana for sweetness. Nothing else fills me up till lunch like this!

  18. says

    I was a little unsure about the eggwhites, but it was delicious and so filling!! Thanks for sharing.

    I was wondering, at what point do we put in the butter? thanks!

  19. Amanda V says

    Interesting! I eat oatmeal almost every day and sometimes get bored with it. I’ve heard of adding egg whites but have never tried it. I will definitely be trying this soon! :)

  20. says

    Hi Andie, what a great website you have. I’ve tried your oatmeal twice now and I’m hooked. The only difference is,to serve I sprinkle on Rapadura sugar which I’ve recently found and tastes absolutely amazing. I also added freshly grated nutmeg the second time. Delicious!

  21. Veronike W says

    Usually when I have breakfast I’m hungry within a couple of hours….but I had this delicious oatmeal for breakfast and I was so full that I actually missed my lunch hour! I thought 4 eggs was a lot but it definitely works at filling me up :)
    So good…yet again :)

  22. Allie S. says

    I usually have to doctor my oats up with sweetener, but these are amazing as is. This is the only way I’ve made egg white oats where they didn’t end up with little white strings of egg.

    I haven’t been able to eat the whole portion in one sitting yet, but at least I always end up with a snack for later. :)

  23. says

    Wow…such an interesting recipe. I’m definitely going to have to try it. I love oatmeal but rarely eat it. My mom used to load ours up with brown sugar, so I’ve found that the only way I really enjoy it is if it’s super sweet.

    Maybe this recipe will do that trick!

    Thanks!

  24. Britney says

    I love oatmeal. I tryed this using liquid egg whites and it turned out great. I also put in walnuts, cranberries & honey. Does this also work with steel cut oats?

  25. says

    I currently find myself in a torrid love affair with steel cut oats, but I’ll definitely give your technique a chance. I believe you that the egg white would add a lot of fluffy texture to a regular bowl of oatmeal!

  26. Kristy says

    I just tried this (no, literally, just put the bowl in the sink), and adding the egg whites really makes a delicious difference. Your blog is awesome, and I think you’re a great writer. Good luck with the books!

  27. Julie says

    Can’t wait to try this. I make a pancake (sounds weird) with oatmeal and a smashed banana and two egg whites with a little vanilla and cinnamon that is delicious and filling!

    • admin says

      Hey Mandi! No, when I make the big pot on Sundays, I use 5 whole eggs for the big batch (2/3 cup oats x 5 servings + 5 whole eggs + water).

      It does reheat in the microwave, but you need to add water and then stir super vigorously, then heat a bit more and re-stir. Secret? I’m super crazy and am into the thick slab that it becomes without really stirring. I will just eat it after reheating and not stirring. It’s thicker than thick. Weird? Yes.

      • says

        Thanks Andie. I’m new to oatmeal – I’ve only ever had the instant stuff and I hated it. Tomorrow morning will be my first ever bowl of “real” oatmeal. I’ll let you know what I think!

  28. says

    I can’t emphasize enough how much I LOVE this recipe! I tried it out last night and I was amazed how much flavor the egg whites give to plain old oatmeal! And I wasn’t even a huge fan of oatmeal, well until now :) Thank you for the enlightenment :)

  29. says

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  30. Kim says

    So I don’t like the flavor of eggs, but I would love to add more protein to my oatmeal. How much egg flavor comes through in this recipe? Or does it mostly just add fluffiness to the oatmeal?

    • says

      Hey Kim! I think the egg white flavor is fairly pronounced so I might suggest you avoid adding eggs, unfortunately. Hope you can find a substitute!!

      :)
      Andie

    • says

      Hey Mandy/Saonserey/Aliena! Thank you for sharing these repices. Although I’m not a fan of banana, I do enjoy apples. My family was grilling pork chops for dinner tonight, so I decided to give these a try instead (healthier, and I was in the mood for something fruity). Absolutely delicious, and I made enough for 3 comfortable meals with little effort, and in about 8 minutes! I may even try to mix the repices, apple-cocoa might be good. VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait…VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

  31. Laura says

    Hi, just wanted to let you know I followed your recipe(though I used peanut butter instead of butter) and it was DELICIOUS. I’ve tried making other egg white/oats combo myself but always ended up gagging however yours is amazing. Thankyou!!! Xxx

  32. Rachel O. says

    I’m so glad you posted a link to this one in your grocery list blog recently. I just started following you and I’d be sad if I missed this one. I made this for the first time this morning and I’m hooked. Solves my protein with oatmeal problem. Just add some berries and it’s a perfect meal. It’s a little too large of a serving for me though. If I go down to 1/2 cup of oats, do you think 3 egg whites is good?

  33. says

    I tried this today, somewhat hesitantly. I love my oatmeal and was afraid the egg whites would be ‘yucky.’ Surprise – it was great. I added a touch of maple syrup, cream and took some frozen blueberries, heated them with water and blitzed them in the Blendtec. The whole thing was like a blueberry coffee cake. Egg whites rock! Thanks. Mrs. P

  34. Donna Wasman says

    Oh My! This is wonderful. Tried this morning. Modified oatmeal…used egg whites, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and some dried blueberries. The blueberries plumped up great and added sweetness. I think I can leave out the marshmallow fluff calories the next round. I am also going to try the whole egg. Thanks to all for ideas.

  35. Jennelle says

    I am trying this for the first time this morning. I am not a fan of eggs so im not sure but they sure smell good! And I love the idea of adding Peanut butter!

  36. Aleksandra says

    My boyfriend’s mom makes something similar to this. She would usually add condensed milk and sugar to make it really sweet. The last time around she left the condensed milk out and it still tasted great. She also makes a salty version of this for some family members (never tried it, not big on salty foods). It all depends on ones taste preference. I’ll definitely give this recipe a try because I’m really trying to cut back on the sugars so this sounds perfect. Thanks!

  37. Kenda says

    amazing recipes!!! i’m a stickler for flavor, so i substituted the 1/2 teaspoon of butter for 2 table spoons of reduced fat sugar free raspberry jelly….. (20 calories) it’s so so so SO SOSO GOOD!!!!!!! Thanks so much for an awesome recipe! i liked you on FB and am looking forward to others soon!!!!

  38. OnlineSunshine says

    I made this oatmeal this morning (why isn’t it listed on your recipes page?). I hated throwing 4 yolks down the sink, but decided to try it as-is the first time (you can’t say you didn’t like a recipe if you changed it, right?). I did everything you asked and the oatmeal turned out fluffy and creamy as promised.
    Will I make it again? Probably not…at least not this version. Why? For one, throwing away egg yolks feels wasteful. I don’t have anything I make that could use the yolks. I also try to avoid butter, so that is also a drawback. And then the fact that they take so long to make…about 20 minutes…is not really practical for my weekday mornings.
    Was it filling? Yes. And I was able to make it to lunch without my tummy grumbling.
    In the end, the recipe is very good for taste and texture, but not good for time or practicality.
    Also, I don’t like unsweetened oatmeal so this probably isn’t the best choice for me.
    One last note…I used my non-stick small pan and it kept getting a crust that would flake off as it dried above the line of oatmeal, so that made it difficult to try and keep that crust from falling into the oatmeal.
    In the end, on the mornings that I decide to have oatmeal, I think I will do the tomorrow oats…or y’oatmeal as I like to call it.

  39. Christina G says

    Just made this today, it was surprisingly delish! I say surprisingly because egg whites whipped into oatmeal sounds very diet-y in a body builder sort of way, so I wasn’t expecting to like it so much. It was a refreshing change from the sweetened oatmeal or yogurt bowl breakfasts I usually enjoy.

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes♥

  40. Alina says

    made this recipe after you posted it in your “mom’s diet” post earlier this week and I LOVED it. I can’t afford a 300 calorie bowl of oatmeal (8 PP on WW) and I never make 2/3 c oatmeal anyway. I did 1/3c oats and while I know the 2:1 liquid to oats ratio, I seemed to need more water this time. Added the eggs which I prepared in a little dish beforehand and stir stir stir with my wooden spoon (nonstick pan). These were fluffy, and stuck to my bones! Never did brown sugar on top before and it was so rich! Used a full tablespoon for my smaller portion and this was a really perfect 200ish calorie breakfast for me

  41. Roxanna says

    As an oatmeal extremist, I am very pleased. Overjoyed, even. I may make half the recipe, or keep half for a last minute “tommoroats” feast.

    But i just ate the whole darn thing so who am I kidding?

    I read my mom this recipe at lunch the other day and she too made a face – I still may make her try it though!

    As always, thanks for the inspirations!

  42. Kim says

    OH MY GOODNESS!! Andie…..this was amazing! I LOVED it!! I thought of trying it and then forgot about it until I saw that your mom hated it. Then I thought I just had to try it to see for myself. It was so creamy and actually reminded me of rice pudding. I put raisins, blueberries, banana, and toasted pecans on top with a small dollop of pure maple syrup. Beautiful! It took my love of oatmeal to a whole.nuther.level!! Love your posts…and your recipes! Thank you so much! :)

  43. Jeanette says

    Andi, do you have a preference in using just the egg whites or 1 whole egg. Is there much of a difference in texture or taste?

    • says

      Hey Jeanette!

      I prefer the egg whites because when you beat them beforehand and then whip them into the oatmeal, they fluff up and add tremendous volume. The density of the yolk in the whole egg won’t do that. Taste-wise, the egg whites and whole egg are comparable–both yielding a creamy consistency and flavor not unlike tapioca pudding. What I also like about the egg whites is the lightness in texture.

      Hope this helps!

      Andie

  44. Kristen says

    Wow that was delicious! I typically make an egg-white scramble with a slice of sprouted whole grain toast for breakfast but was craving oatmeal this morning and this was perfect! I have been working with a personal trainer 3x/week and my diet is very restricted as well. I’ve been building lean muscle mass by eating a balanced carb/protein ratio and this is one of few recipes that I can add to my weekly diet plan! Thanks for a delicious new addition. (I added 1/4 c. raisins and Trader Joes dehydrated Coconut Flakes for extra YUM!)

  45. says

    Hey! I had a microwaved less-tasty version of this on my meal plan from my nutrition coach but since I don’t own (and don’t like) microwaves, I needed a stovetop version. Love this variation –

    I used 1 c oats, 1 c water and stirred for 1-2 minutes. I added 10 oz egg whites, 1 egg, 1/2 tbsp butter and whipped it all together. Keep stirring and when the eggs were cooked through I had 3 portions (hooray mid week meal prep!).

    They are delicious with a dash of cinnamon and stevia as well :)

  46. says

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! Turned out great! New follower :)

    I shared it over on The Adventure Bite’s Facebook page and the From The Farm blog hop’s page :) hope you get a few views from it!

    Dani

  47. Late To The Party says

    Love egg whites & oatmeal! I FINALLY tried this combo a few days ago using quick-cooking oats, liquid egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla, and honey to give it a French toast flavor. I stir together 1/2 c oats + 1/2 c egg whites + 1/2 c water and use the microwave. You’ll have to play around with timing based on the size of your microwave and the kind of oats you use (old-fashioned will take longer). It’s good stuff :)

  48. says

    Just made these this morning! We have to get 400 cals in the AM so I added some chia seeds and a little maple syrup for the hubs. So so so good! You have a new follower :)

  49. says

    I also soak my oats overnight in water and a little apple cider vinegar, and they cook a bit quicker and are a little easier on the tummy. Just a tip!

  50. Selina says

    This was dish was delicous :) i used
    30g spelt bran
    220ml Water
    2x small containers coffe cream (24 cal)
    4x egg whites (medium)

    75g Pureed Berries
    5g Almonds, roughly chopped

    TOTAL Calories: 232!!!

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