These 45 amazing oatmeal recipes are so scrumptious that they will make an oatmeal lover out of anyone! They include everything from instant pot oatmeal to oatmeal bakes, cookies to popsicles. Not to mention all the flavors like pumpkin, apple, chocolate, cinnamon roll and chunky monkey. It’s just a whole lotta yum that’s perfect for breakfast, snack time or post workout!
This is the time of year I start thinking about warm, hearty breakfasts and oatmeal is always at the top of my list. And there are so many delicious ways to eat oatmeal! From warm bowls of goodness like Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal to Baked Blueberry Bars to healthy Avocado Oatmeal Cookies. Yep, even mom can’t say no to these cookies for breakfast!
You can make oatmeal in the instant pot, on the stove top, in a crockpot or bake it in the oven. It’s delicious as a warm cereal or make overnight oatmeal in a mason jar for an easy on-the-go breakfast. You can even opt to bake it for an easy to carry bar or cookie. And it’s not just for breakfast! Try it for a snack or even a post workout treat.
Know your oats
Oatmeal is a type of coarse flour derived from hulled oat grains. There are 3 types of oats that can be used for oatmeal.
Quick Oats are a fine, highly processed oat. They are steamed longer and rolled thinner resulting in an oat that needs a shorter cooking time but tends to be less creamy and slightly mushy.
Steel Cut Oats are less processed, are roughly chopped, take longer to cook and result in a hearty, creamy porridge.
Old Fashioned or Rolled Oats are made by steaming groats, whole oat with the grain intact, and rolling into flakes. They are slightly processed, thicker than quick oats and take only slightly more time to cook. These will give you the best oatmeal consistency.
Health benefits of oatmeal
Studies have shown that daily consumption of oatmeal can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
High in soluble fiber & protein, providing a fullness that aids in weight loss
Contains more antioxidants than broccoli
Boosts nutrition of gluten-free diets
Strengthens the immune system
Oats contain compounds called avenanthramides, which are not present in other cereal grains, and may play a role in reducing inflammation
Questions & tips
What can I add to an oatmeal recipe?
Just about any fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, chocolate chips or even an egg.
What can I sweeten oatmeal with?
Try adding maple syrup or honey, agave, brown sugar, jams or even applesauce.
What can I add for additional health benefits?
Beef up the protein with protein powder or add wheat germ, quinoa or amaranth.
Pro-Tip: Add a pinch of salt to make oatmeal less bland and to enhance the sweetness and nuttiness of the oats.
People seem to have a strong opinion about oatmeal They are either on Team Love Oatmeal or Team Hate Oatmeal. Am I right?! But I have to tell you, if you even think you don’t like oatmeal, these amazing oatmeal recipes might just change your mind.
This Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats is easy to prepare the night before then just heat and serve the next morning. Full of pumpkin pie flavor and spice and plenty of protein and fiber, it’s bound to get your day started on the right foot.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats in 4 minutes!!! Yes please. Get the perfect oats in your Instant Pot every time with this easy and fool proof method. A great way to enjoy the goodness of oats with this warm heart bowl.
This Blueberry Banana Oatmeal only has three simple ingredients and contains no added sweeteners. You can add additional optional toppings such as nut butters, sliced fruit, nuts, seeds, or even chocolate chips!
Jumpstart your day with delicious and healthy matcha overnight oats. The unique taste of matcha is complemented perfectly by white chocolate chips for a breakfast treat that you can prep ahead and grab as you go.
This recipe for blueberries and cream oatmeal is my go to recipe for oatmeal! A creamy bowl of oatmeal made with toasted oats cooked in coconut milk for filling fats! Topped with an easy blueberry chia jam for fruity flavor.
Apple Pie Oatmeal is a gourmet breakfast recipe. It feels indulgent when you are eating dessert for the breakfast or brunch. This vegan, dairy and refined-sugar free Instant Pot recipe is truly a breakfast of champions.
Easy & healthy Maple Bacon Oatmeal Bake is packed with bacon, bananas, cherries & chia seeds then flavored with a little maple syrup. It’s the perfect on-the-go breakfast & a delicious way to start to any day.
No Sugar Added Salted Caramel Overnight Oats are loaded with fiber, protein, and good-for-you ingredients like plain greek yogurt, flax, banana, and oats! Add this easy, no-added-sugar breakfast recipe to your meal-prep menu for a filling breakfast on-the-go!
This Chocolate Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl will quickly boost your mood and kick start your morning. It's filled with oats and wonderful bitter-sweet dark chocolate flavor. It's satisfying and so delicious.
Banana Oatmeal Cups are an easy muffin-like recipe that is made with 4 wholesome ingredients. This recipe makes 12 cups & uses no sweeteners or flour! Perfect snack or breakfast option for a dense, naturally sweet oatmeal cup.
There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Full of fiber, protein and whole grains, oatmeal helps fill you up and fuel you all day long. Making oatmeal in the Instant Pot is a breeze, just mix, set and enjoy!
What’s better than a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie? These delicious Maple Apple Oatmeal Cookies made with whole grain oats, apples and nuts! They’re sweetened with maple syrup & have a surprise salty edge from bacon. Dairy-free & gluten-free too!
Are you sick and tired of plain oatmeal? Why not turn things up a notch by transforming your porridge into some chocolate coconut goodness made with gluten free oats, cacao powder, almond butter and coconut milk. Ready in under 10 minutes.
Sweet, creamy, and rich with flavor, this Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal will quickly get you out of bed in the morning. It's filled with hearty oats and cinnamon spice — a perfect quick breakfast that tastes exactly like a freshly baked cinnamon roll.
An easy & healthy recipe for creamy mango overnight oats made with as little as six ingredients like rolled oats, milk (dairy or non-dairy), your favorite sweetener, and fresh or frozen mango (which is full of vitamin C + A & fiber).
Avocado Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delicious you’d never know they had avocado in them. They’re soft, chewy, loaded with dark chocolate chips, have loads of vanilla almond flavor and they’re healthy!