My freshman year of college, I made oatmeal for ten months straight in my dorm for breakfast. I am not exaggerating. It was almost robotic. I would wake up, put the hot water to boil, measure out nine tablespoons of oats, add two packets of sugar and pour myself a glass of milk.
One thing about me that you should know is that I am a stickler for breakfast. I hate brunch. I have to have three meals a day. When my friends and I would stay out late, while they would wake up at 11 and go to brunch, I would wake up at 9, eat my oatmeal, and go back to bed until lunchtime. Needless to say, things got really mundane really fast. Come sophomore year, I knew it was time for a change. The biggest problem, though, comes with figuring out a breakfast you can make in your dorm room that you won’t quickly get bored of. And then this gem came to me while I was studying abroad in London this past fall: Oatmeal yogurt pudding. It’s delicious, a great start to your day and most importantly, it can be made in countless different ways!
Priya Krishna is a junior at Dartmouth College, where she studies Government and French. She has just recently ventured into the realm of savory breakfasts, so wish her best of luck.
Oatmeal Yogurt Breakfast Pudding
5 spoons of cooked oatmeal (preferably quick one-minute oats)
1 individual plain yogurt cup
Any kind of fruit, chopped (I like bananas or berries)
Any kind of sweetener (honey, agave nectar and brown sugar work great!)
Once the oatmeal is cooked (the easiest ways to cook oatmeal in your dorm are by either boiling hot water in an electric kettle and adding it to the oats or sticking oats and a little water in the microwave for 2 minutes), move it around with a spoon to release some of the heat and cool it down quickly. Add the yogurt to oats and mix in your sweetener to taste. Top the mixture with as much chopped fruit as you’d like.
My two favorite mixtures are berries with brown sugar and bananas with honey, but feel free to find your own preferred combinations — the opportunities are endless!