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Blueberry and Flax Seed Oatmeal

Blueberry and Flax Seed Oatmeal

Serves: 3

Category: Breakfast

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Ready in minutes, this wonderful oatmeal contains antioxidant-rich berries and flax seeds, which provide those important omega-3 fatty acids. Leftovers make a quick and easy breakfast the next day.

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1 3/4 cups water
1 cup old-fashioned or steel cut oats (see note)
4 dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 teaspoon coriander or cinnamon
2 bananas, sliced
1 cup chopped or grated apple
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds


In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil and stir in all ingredients except blueberries and ground flax seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in blueberries and flax seeds before serving.

Note: If using steel cut oats, increase water to 3 1/2 cups and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.

Calories 274; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrates 58 g; Sugars 25 g; Total Fat 4.7 g; Saturated Fat 0.6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 9 mg; Fiber 8.8 g; Beta-Carotene 46 ug; Vitamin C 11 mg; Calcium 31 mg; Iron 7.4 mg; Folate 25 ug; Magnesium 50 mg; Potassium 460 mg; Zinc 0.4 mg; Selenium 2.3 ug

Comments (29):



12/25/2006 12:39 PM

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I make this all the time not only because it is very good but because it is breakfast for 2 for 2 days. I always do the oven version and I add cinnamon. Serve warm with a splash of soy milk. Our favorite breakfast!


07/26/2009 08:37 AM

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I made this for the first time today--it was excellent! Normally I make oatmeal on the stove top and have to stay and stir it. It was lovely to combine everything and shove it in the oven. It allowed me to continue doing all of the things I need to do in the morning and still have a wonderful breakfast. I didn't have banana--but I did use apple, cinnamon, coriander, dates, cut up almonds, and frozen blueberries. Then I sprinkled it with hemp seeds once it was all done. Thanks for this recipe :)


01/28/2010 04:36 PM

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Good, but a little sweet for our taste. I will cut back on the dates when I make it again, which I will, because I want to try the "oven-baked" version.


10/17/2010 01:18 PM

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Oh my god, this is SOO good! 5 stars! The bananas melt a little when you cook it in the pan, so it is super creamy and I used soy milk instead of water. The dates provide enough sweetness, and it's just perfect! Feels indulgent!


12/12/2010 06:12 PM

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The Ingrediant's and Instructions are gone .
Can someone post them for me.
Thank You


12/30/2010 04:35 PM

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Thank You....Full Receipe is on !! I can't wait to try it


01/01/2012 09:30 AM

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awesome breakfast- very filling!


01/22/2012 04:39 PM

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Wow, I tried this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious. Even my daughter who is not an oatmeal fan liked it. Definitely five stars
How do I do the rating?
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01/23/2012 05:08 PM

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Absolutely yummy...substituted walnuts for flax seeds to give it extra crunch. Also left out the apple and it still turned out great!


01/27/2012 10:04 AM

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First time making this recipe - didn't have any dates so I used golden berries - delicious, a big hit with the family
This comment was last edited on 01/27/2012 10:05 AM


05/17/2012 06:35 PM

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This is fantastic. Had this on Mother's Day & it was a hit! We baked it. Leftovers are also good. I'm thinking you could make a big dish of this & eat on it all week long.


05/20/2012 02:43 PM

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Thanks again Dr. Fuhrman for another winning recipe. I love the ease of this recipe, the amount it serves, and that it has two different flavors depending on how you serve it; hot or cold. I prepared this for the first time on Saturday morning and served it as a hot oatmeal dish. On Sunday morning I used the cold leftovers, segmented an orange and squeezed the juice from the remainder of the orange on top of the oatmeal, added chopped pecans. Yum!


09/30/2012 10:12 AM

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Not all of the online recipes are edible; this one really is the best


10/21/2012 12:47 PM

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Here it is! My breakfast of choice. I've been trying others, but this is it. Spend twenty minutes, make four servings, they are plenty filling, no worries there, put it in four single servings, and bingo four breakfasts that only take a minute or two to prepare. Full of good things, and tasty to boot. I may double it on cooking day, and have a week for me (I love oatmeal with apples and blueberries) and a couple of times for my husband who is less of an oatmeal fan. I top it with fresh berries in season.
I'll probably try cinnamon instead of coriander once in a while. Thanks for a great breakfast option!!!


11/13/2012 03:22 PM

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My go to breakfast now. I make it in advance in a saucepan (and I chop rather than grate a Fuji apple) and dish out servings every AM, zap in the microwave, then top with some almond milk. I can't decide if I like the way this smells or tastes best. Yum.

This dish takes well to tweaking too.  These days I add about ¾ tsp Vietnamese cinnamon along with the coriander and lately I’ve also been tossing in about a quarter cup of chopped walnuts.  Most recently I skipped the nuts and added a tablespoon of natural peanut butter with the blueberries.

This comment was last edited on 06/04/2018 11:51 PM


11/13/2012 06:44 PM

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I love this recipe. I add other fruit sometimes such as cranberries instead of apples or raspberries instead of blueberries, it just depends on what I have in my house. Once I even used raisins instead of dates because that was all I had. Everytime it comes out delicious!


01/04/2013 09:58 AM

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Unbelievably good! I wasn't a huge oatmeal fan but I am now! I used steel cut oats and blackberries cut in half. Also added a little cinnamon. I used 2 dates and it was still sweet enough. I love the way the bananas just melt and make everything creamy. All the flavors compliment each other. Next time I will try it with soy milk and experiment with different fruits. I can't wait for breakfast!


01/27/2013 10:51 AM

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This one takes a lot of prep so I wouldn't prepare during the week--more of a Saturday breakfast, especially if you have guests. I made exactly like recipe and used frozen blueberries (which I let thaw as it was cooking) and shredded the apple which was really nice. I accidentally put in too small of a dish. When I pulled it out to add the bananas, I decided to switch to a larger dish. That's when I noticed the oatmeal had totally stuck to the sides of the dish. Adding more water to the 2nd pan helped (definitely need to add water with bananas as the recipe suggests). All that being said, the taste was fantastic! I would recommend and will be making again.


04/29/2013 08:04 AM

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Made this recipe for breakfast today. Really really good! I loved the creamy texture (due to the bananas) and the mix of flavored. I used cinnamon instead of coriander and thought it was awesome! Tomorrow when I reheat the leftovers, I will add walnuts for extra crunch. I did the stovetop version so will try the oven version next time. Definitely a keeper!


08/13/2013 12:57 PM

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A very yummy recipe that is nice and filling without being too heavy.


12/09/2013 07:53 PM

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Loved this recipe. Very yummy. Only thing I added was cinnamon.


10/03/2014 04:03 PM

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This looks great. But Dr. Fuhrman's best tip is: steel cut oats. It takes longer & is worth every minute of it!


12/17/2014 05:32 PM

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I enjoy this recipe and find it quick and easy to prepare. Like others I add a bit more water and also some cinnamon. 1/4 tsp of ground ginger is also a good addition.

One additional note...  I don't think there is any way that this is only 206 calories per serving as listed.  If using steel cut oats then there are 150 calories per serving just from the oats.  If making with a cup of rolled oats, 206 might be about right.

This comment was last edited on 06/17/2017 09:05 AM


04/26/2015 08:56 AM

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Please give oven directions as alternative cooking directions. If it is in post then one reading recipe would not see it.


05/30/2015 09:09 PM

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I'd like to see the oven version


02/21/2016 09:07 AM

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Oven version - preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a baking dish, combine water, oats, dates and coriander. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Add the bananas and more water, if desired. Bake another 15 minutes. Stir in apple and blueberries. Sprinkle flax seeds on top. Delicious. This is one of my favorite breakfasts. The directions are from the Eat for Health cookbook.
This comment was last edited on 02/21/2016 09:10 AM


05/15/2016 10:01 AM

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One thing - this recipe can't be 206 calories per serving. 1/4 cup of uncooked steel cut oats alone has 160 calories.

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06/17/2017 09:07 AM

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I noted the same thing.  206 might be about right for using rolled oats which is about 300 calories/cup uncooked.


01/16/2019 09:31 PM

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This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes from this website.  I don't cook the bananas.  It is very good.  I eat it about every other week.  Rating:  5 out of 5.

This comment was last edited on 01/16/2019 09:32 PM


07/20/2019 09:41 PM

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For those wondering about calories, my version, with 2 tbsp unsalted peanut butter, is 246 calories per serving.