45 Amazing Oatmeal Recipes

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!

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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!

Stack of Avocado Oatmeal Cookies with bite taken out.

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.

Making Overnight Oats in mason jar.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Steel Cut Oats are less processed, are roughly chopped, take longer to cook and result in a hearty, creamy porridge.
  3. 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.

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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.

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This post has been updated with new recipes. It was first published on January 29, 2016.

45 Amazing Oatmeal Recipes