Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal

You guys. I may have a slight problem or mild obsession or addiction–depending on how you like to describe it– to THE BEST coffee shop in town. This isn’t just your average Starbucks. No no. This places holds magic and is created from the deepest of love, gooiest of cookies and the most aesthetically pleasing decor of all time. Not only is this place incredibly cozy and has the nicest staff, but they have HANDS DOWN some of the best food I have ever eaten. I know that is a bold statement but it is true. So stop right now and if you are anywhere close to Lousiville, KY, do yourself a favor and go visit Please and Thank You on the Avenue (my fav location) and you will become just as obsessed as I am.

This Lousiville charm was kindly introduced to me by some friends I use to work with at Lululemon. They are regulars, always coming in with their coffee and talking about stopping there on their way to work. It isn’t the closest to us (meaning not right down the street) so it took me a while to discover why they loved it so much.

I am now a regular. I “make the 15-minute drive” to the avenue AT LEAST once a week. I plan it in my schedule to go and work there a couple hours in between clients or appointments. It is my treat and when I leave I can’t wait to come back. Justin and I will have work dates there some mornings and it is just the sweetest. I also have my favorite spot I like to sit and if it is taken I will wait patiently until the person kindly leaves so I can set up shop for a couple hours.

Now, not only is this not your typical coffee shop for the sheer fact of the atmosphere and delicious coffee but THE FOOD! Oh, my the food!! I am a creature of habit and I will order the same item at a restaurant every time I go. I find something I love and I stay loyal to it. For the longest time, I would get a cup of the never-ending coffee in the best diner mug, a Chive Ass Biscuit, and the worlds greatest chocolate chip cookie. The last two items are life-changing. This breakfast sandwich comes out warm, a melt in your mouth biscuit that is somehow so soft but sturdy enough to house a fried egg, white cheddar cheese and apricot jam inside. I don’t know how they do it. I can’t even talk about the cookie because that in and of itself is an entire post (coming soon ;)).

I have tried to recreate both, MULTIPLE TIMES. Many failed attempts at that beautifully textured biscuit and I have absolutely no clue how they create that incredible cookie. I will keep trying, but until then I have cracked their code, on to another item!

Their oatmeal.

Now you might think, ewh, oatmeal. Why would you get oatmeal when you could have an egg biscuit?! I know, I felt the same for so long. But again, thanks to my friends at Lulu, I took a bite of my friend’s P&TY oatmeal during a shift one day and I have had an ongoing affair with it ever since.

They aren’t stingy in their serving size. This piping hot oat mixture comes cozied up in a tall styrofoam mug with a heaping scoop of fresh berries that have oozed and exploded because of the heat. It is thick, slightly sweet (but not too sweet), rich in texture and deep in flavor. How in the world did they manage to once again blow my mind on stinking oatmeal of all things?!

I asked the lady who served me one day how they made it, trying to get the inside scoop, and she looked at me and shrugged and said: “I don’t know, I think they honestly put it in a blender with some brown sugar and that is it.”

What?! That is it?! Nope. I don’t believe it.

UNTIL I tried it for myself at home the next day.  I almost fell on the floor because I hit it right on the nose the very first try. Impossible I thought. No way it could literally be this easy. But I am here to tell you it is. So simple. So easy. So fast. And SO GOOD!

All there is to do is dump old fashion oats, brown sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until finely ground. There shouldn’t be any chunks of oats noticeable. Add another cup of oatmeal and just pulse a couple times to break them up. Make sure to watch the video below to see what the texture should look like. Mostly ground with some specks of oats.

Mix 1/2 cup of oat mixture with 1/2 cup boiling water (more if you don’t like yours thick–no shame or judgment) and that is it. Seriously it is life-changing for the oatmeal and breakfast fans of the world.

I will add 1/2 cup liquid egg whites to the bowl and pop in the microwave instead of boiling water to have a protein packed, fluffy bowl of oats. I make it that way 95% of the time and it is my go-to post workout meal at the moment (if I didn’t already have it for breakfast).

I included both with and without egg whites nutrition facts below.

So enough about my extreme love for all things Please & Thank You. Two takeaways from this: 1. Make this oatmeal ASAP and 2. Go to Please & Thank You ASAP. You are welcome. 🙂

Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This oatmeal is subtly sweet and will keep you full all morning long. Make your own instant oatmeal and let your breakfast become a breeze.
  • 2 Cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
  • ¼ Cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  1. Combine 1 cup oatmeal, brown sugar, flax seed, cinnamon and salt into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until finely milled and there are no more full oats.
  3. Remove lid and add in the last cup of oatmeal. Place lid back on a pulse 4-8 times, just enough to chop the second batch of oats into about half their size. You should be able to still see chunks of oats.
  4. Pour into airtight container and enjoy!
  5. To make:
  6. Add ½ cup of instant oatmeal mixture into a bowl with ½ cup boiling water. Stir until well combined and oats and soaked. You can add ¼-1/2 cup more water depending on how thick or thin you prefer your oatmeal.
  7. For an extra protein pack, place ½ cup of instant oatmeal mixture, ½ cup water and a ½ cup of liquid egg whites into a bowl. Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds are so. Oats will be thick and fluffy. Let cool slightly before you eat.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 214 Fat: 5.2 Carbohydrates: 37.9 Protein: 6


Plain Oatmeal

Oatmeal with added Egg Whites



2 Replies to “Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal”

  1. Yum!! Thx for sharing the addition of egg whites to the oatmeal recipe- not only would I like to try that but it would be a great way to sneak in some protein to my daughters everyday oatmeal. I want to try Please & Thank you too!

    1. It is so good and easy! It doesn’t taste weird, just makes your oats super fluffy! I add them to a lot of things for added protein. Apparently, you can add them straight into a smoothie but I have never tried that before. AND YOU MUST GO TO PLEASE & THANK YOU! You will love it 🙂

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