Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal*

It’s no secret that I have a love for everything breakfast. In high school I got to have a Poptart every day of my life. It was practically one of the only reasons I got out of bed in the morning. I was devastated to learn in my adult life that they are practically all sugary cardboard. But I digress, one of my biggest shocks about breakfast was finding out that some people function without eating breakfast in the morning. I actually turn into a super bitch if I haven’t been fed within a reasonable amount of time after waking up. A few years ago I was on vacation with Jorge and one of my best friends Christina to Puerto Rico. We woke up early one morning to go to El Yunque (the rain forest) and it was about an hour and a half drive from where we were staying. I told Christina that I had to eat. She said ok, no problem, we are going to go to this amazing little bakery in the foothills of El Yunque. And of course I thought, YES! Bakery! Sweets for breakfast, Score! But an hour in to the drive and all of a sudden Christina was pulling over into a roadside stand and said “Here! Please, EAT! Please!”. Apparently I was being a major snarky bitch not quite myself and she couldn’t take it anymore. Jorge was just laughing to himself in the backseat saying, “She did warn you. You must feed her or she attacks”.  Ever since that day when Christina and I are together and I mention I’m hungry we happen to find food within seconds.

This Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal fits my criteria for a good breakfast. First of all I can have it ready to go in under 20 minutes…which fits within my time frame of having to eat. It also is a large serving for a reasonable amount of calories/points…which is always important. And while it may be high in carbs, the beginning of the day is the best time to have those! You have all day to burn them off!


Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal

Yield: 2 Servings

Recipe Note: To make this recipe vegan, just exchange the 1 cup fat free milk and double the water to 2 cups.


1 cup water
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup applesauce
2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
1/8 tsp salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 teaspoons Splenda brown sugar
1 banana, sliced
A sprinkle of halved pecans for crunch


Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon and 4 teaspoons splenda brown sugar.

Divide cereal evenly among 2 bowls. Top each with 1/2 sliced banana, a sprinkle of halved pecans, and 1 teaspoon splenda brown sugar.

Per Serving (including the banana): Cal: 383 Fat: 8.7 Carb: 63.7 Fiber: 8 Protein: 13.5
Weight Watchers Point Plus: 8 points


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39 Responses to “Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal”

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    notyet100 — January 20, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    luv the pic,..even i have to eat something to start the day..

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    Lou — January 20, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    Ha ha – my 2 year old son is just like that! I am a little too – I have to have breakfast. This looks really nice – can’t beat bananas and nuts.

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    Chiara — January 20, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    That looks really good, although I’m not a huge fan of breakfast… unlike you I can skip it easily, which I know it’s not good for me… so maybe I’ll try having some of this, it might make hungry!

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    Sunit — January 20, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Just what I needed! Got a load of extra bananas leftover from when I got lazy eating them. I’ve been getting frantic at figuring out ways to use them, banana smoothies, banana on chocolate mousse and other random ideas. For some reason the thought of with cereal didn’t strike me!

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    Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish — January 20, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    I love a good bowl of oats! YUM!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — January 20, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I have some wheat germ that rarely gets used. I never knew it could go in oats! Thanks for the tip!

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    Lauren — January 20, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Lol I turn into a “major snarky bitch” when I get hungry, too…

    Must feed the Lauren.

    Mmm banana oatmeal!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — January 20, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Haha! I am the exact same way in the morning – If I haven’t had my cereal and orange juice, watch out! But yes, breakfast is very important for those reasons and more, and this looks like a delicious way to enjoy it. Love those bananas and pecans on top. Great recipe!

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    Dawn Hutchins — January 20, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    I am with you on eating breakfast. I always wonder who these people are that don’t eat till 11:00 or even noon!!!! Plus, on top of that, I love breakfast food. And this recipe…oats, wheat germ and bananas? LOVE IT! Doesn’t get better than this!

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    Zuzia — January 20, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    yumm. I love this! I was getting so bored of my regular oatmeal.

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    Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa — January 20, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Okay – love that I found your blog via your comment on mine. But what I love more is that you tagged this post as Ass Friendly. Awesome.

    This is pretty much my breakfast every morning minus the wheat germ, I will have to try adding that sometime.

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    April — January 20, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    That sounds REALLY good! Especially on cold mornings!!!

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    briarrose — January 20, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Delicious! Man I miss poptarts….I used to think they were made of win. 😉

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    Steve @ HPD — January 20, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    never heard of Splenda brown sugar before. will have to check that out.

    looks like a breakfast i’d have for lunch and dinner.


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    Laura — January 20, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I get all stabby and hate-y when I haven’t been properly fed.
    I eat banana oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning, completed with a dollop of peanut butter. Heaven.

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    Melissa — January 20, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve just spent a little while looking through yours too! Your recipes look incredible and I love your sense of humor :)

    This looks delicious, I think I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

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    Jenna @ Newlyweds — January 20, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    Beautiful picture, I love oatmeal for breakfast as well, dang this sugar and gluten free diet!!!

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    Sharlene — January 20, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    I used to stick wheat germ on everything! It’s been awhile since I’ve had it though. This looks great!

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    jenna laughs — January 21, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    LOL THIS TITLE!! And the category “ass friendly” – hysterical. You are out of control. In a really good way.

    • Jessica replied: — January 23rd, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

      Thank god there are other people out there in cyber world that get me! 😉

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    Lynne @ CookandBeMerry — January 21, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Hi! I saw you were asking about Camp Blogaway over on The Nest and I couldn’t figure how to leave this message there. So here it is. If you have the opportunity to go to Camp, absolutely do it. It was one of the most fun things I have done in recent years. Just being around 60 other food bloggers and getting to talk about food and blogging for three days was heaven. The speakers really knew their stuff. Here is a link to my post about my adventure:

    I am hoping to see you there.
    Lynne xo

    • Jessica replied: — January 23rd, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing Lynne!

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    Brianna — January 22, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    My LOVE for Oatmeal
    is SO SOOOO deep

    I honestly think I could eat it for every single meal.
    soooo delicious.


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    CaSaundra — January 22, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Good to know I am not the only one who can’t function unless being fed within an hour of waking! I see so many people just get up and go without eating, and at first I was envious, but then I realized breakfast is the best meal of the day and I don’t wanna miss it anyway! :-) Love the sounds of your breakfast bowl!

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    Evan Thomas — January 22, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I never thought a bowl of oatmeal could look so good. Great photos!

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    sally — January 23, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    I agree with you–I’m a mess if I don’t have breakfast every morning. Your oatmeal looks fantastic!

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    Liz — February 2, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    your right it does look amazing! I think this is calling my name for Saturday breakfast!

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    Delia — February 2, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    I love the title!! I have been craving oatmeal with bananas, so I’m sure I’ll love the brekkie as well….especially today because it’s 15 degrees in central Texas! Brrrr!

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    Daedre — February 3, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Haha! I used to think poptarts were heaven, but now that I’m an adult I realize how awful they are. That oatmeal looks fantastic. I’ve been trying to incorporate more oatmeal into my life.

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    Zuzia — February 9, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    AWESOME blog! This oatmeal looks mouth amazing!:)

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    emiglia — February 10, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    I’m just like you when it comes to breakfast, but mine needs to include coffee. While backpacking through Europe, I nearly took my friends’ heads off when I didn’t have my morning coffee in a timely fashion.

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    Taylor (greens & chocolate) — February 17, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Uggggh I am the same way! I don’t understand those people who don’t eat breakfast or, even worse, the people who “forget” to eat. My next meal is always on my mind! I love oatmeal and yours looks delicious…I’ve never heard of using applesauce in my oatmeal, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot!

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    Peter — February 27, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Delicious recipe!

    I’m uber health concious and would use Stevia instead of the sugar, organic or home made apple sauce (store bought apple sauce is chock ful of sugar!) and use Manuka honey, which has strong antioxidant properties.


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