Learn how to make Oatmeal Bowl, one of Rita's recipes for meal bowls.

Oatmeal Bowl


  • ½ ripe banana, mashed 
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats 
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup skim, soy or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Optional toppers: slivered almonds or chopped pecans, dried raisins or cranberries, honey, frozen berries, toasted coconut, nut butter, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice)


  1. Preparation the night before: mash ½ a banana and place in storage bowl.  Stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened, about 3 minutes.  Stir in flaxseed.
  3. Pour cooked oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings.