Oats – The Cheap and Delicious Breakfast Option

One of the cheapest ways to enjoy a healthy breakfast is oatmeal. Now that might sound bland to people who have only had plain oats in the past but today I’m going to share a delicious breakfast recipe that comes in at 75 cents a serve! The best part about this recipe is that it’s full of fibre, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, magnesium, healthy fats and a decent amount of protein, giving you all the energy you need to start the day and be as productive as possible. I’ll provide two different methods for preparing the oats which both include the same ingredients.

Ingredients List

  • 1/2 Cup of Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond/Cow/Soy Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Berries (or any chopped fruit)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Crushed Nuts


  • 1/2 Scoop of Protein Powder (Vanilla and Chocolate work well)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cacao/Cocoa Powder

How to Make the Hot Recipe (Oatmeal)

Step 1. Pour your 1/2 cup of oats into a microwaveable safe container or bowl.

Step 2. Add a 1/2 cup of the milk of your choice and half a cup of water

Step 3. Add a 1/2 cup of your fruit (I use frozen mixed berries)

Step 4. Cook in your microwave for roughly 2 minutes 30 (times may vary depending on your microwave power so experiment around with times)

Step 5. Add your tablespoon of crushed nuts (peanuts are the cheapest and taste great, but any will work)

Optional Step: If you would like to add protein powder, do it at this stage and stir it into the mixture. It will thicken the recipe, the same applies to cinnamon and cacao powder.

How to Make the Cold Recipe (Overnight Oats)

Step 1. Pour your 1/2 cup of oats into a jar

Step 2. Add 1/2 cup of the milk of your choice (no need for water as it will soak overnight)

Optional Step: If you want to add cinnamon, cacao powder or protein powder, do it now and stir it evenly.

Step 3. Leave in your fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight

Step 4. Add your 1/2 cup of fruit and a tablespoon of crushed nuts then stir.

The benefit to making overnight oats is that you can meal prep and make up to 4 at a time. The remaining 3 will last in the fridge for another 3 days, meaning you don’t have to worry about breakfast for the next couple of days.

Cost Breakdown (Shopping at Coles)

900g of oats = $1.65 = 20 Serves ($0.08 per serve)

500g Frozen Berries = $4 = 10 Serves ($0.40 per serve)

110 g Crushed Peanuts = $1.10 = 13 Serves ($0.08 per serve)

1L Cow/Soy/Almond Milk = $1.50 = 8 Serves ($0.19 per serve)

Full Cost = $0.75 per meal

Options: 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon is about $0.15 and 1/2 Cup of protein is about 25 cents if you buy in bulk, the same applies for cacao/cocoa powder. So you’re still looking at a breakfast under $1.20 with the added ingredients.

And there you have it, a cheap, nutritious and filling breakfast that you can make for $0.75 a serve and the best part is, you can tailor it to your season. If it’s a cold Winter’s morning you can have a nice, warm breakfast and if it’s a hot Summer’s day you can have a cold, premade breakfast to cool you down. Spice the recipe up by swapping your nuts, adding things like honey/maple syrup, adding cacao or cocoa powder and changing out your fruits to continue enjoying this cheap recipe without limiting your palette.

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