Who says breakfast has to be boring? Ditch the granola bars and take a little extra time to get your day off to the right start. With these hearty and satisfying oatmeal recipes that include so many fresh and flavorful toppings, you'll never have a boring breakfast again.
Overnight Oats with Kefir, Berries, and Toasted Coconut
This oatmeal bowl is a great on-the-go breakfast and is also made probiotic-rich with the addition of kefir. This bowl is best enjoyed cold becuase the active cultures in kefir are sensitive to heat. Resist the urge to microwave the oats, keeping it chilled for maximum benefits.
These little jars filled with fiber, whole grains, and protein are a necessary solution to your busy weekday mornings. The best part is, they're extremely customizable. Feel free to experiment with any of these additions: A spoonful of plain Greek yogurt or natural peanut butter, a handful of nuts (we prefer walnuts), some raisins or other dried fruit, or a tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flax meal. Not a fan of cold oats? Simply place the glass jar in the microwave (without the metal lid!) and nuke for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Overnight Maple-Raisin OatmealSteel-cut oats offer a nutty alternative to hot cereal made with rolled oats. If you prefer, substitute firm pears for apples or dried cranberries for the raisins.
Pancetta, Fried Egg, and Red-Eye Gravy OatmealTop your oatmeal with a fried egg and crisp pancetta for a savory start to your day.
Flaxseed Oatmeal with BlueberriesIt's easy to get on board with whipping up this whole-grain breakfast as a morning staple.
Lemon-Blueberry with Mascarpone OatmealIs this dessert or is it breakfast? Your taste buds might say "dessert" but your appetite will agree that this is definitely a breakfast for champions. With antioxidant-rich blueberries and hearty oatmeal, you can avoid those early afternoon hunger pangs.
Sunflower Seed Butter, Banana, and Chocolate OatmealFor those with peanut allergies, sunflower seed butter is a great alternative. By mixing it into some oatmeal along with chocolate and topped with freshly sliced bananas, you'll be ready to start your day deliciously.
Apple Cider Oatmeal with PecansWhat makes it great: Using apple cider instead of water adds natural sweetness, plus a shot of potassium and iron.
Amaranth OatmealStep aside oatmeal, there’s a new grain on the breakfast aisle. Amaranth is a naturally gluten-free, rice-like grain that makes for a satisfying and highly-nutritious breakfast.
Chai Spice and Pear OatmealLovers of chai tea can enjoy the same spices and flavors in their morning oatmeal as well. Topped with sliced pears, this makes for a sweet and nutritious breakfast.
Peaches-and-Cream Refrigerator OatmealCarolyn says: "Make these jars of oatmeal a day ahead. The fruit is ripe for riffs--use anything you've got in your fridge."
Slow-Cooker Oats with Brown Sugar and PearNo need to watch this pot! Set your slow cooker to begin when you head to bed and have a hot breakfast waiting when it's time to rise and shine.
Oatmeal with the WorksAdd-ons, including zingy pomegranate molasses, elevate the common camp breakfast to a delectable event.
Maple-Hazelnut OatmealThe soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal makes this dish the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans and Caramelized BananasThe flax seed meal adds nuttiness, crunch, and even more nutrition to this delicious oatmeal recipe.
Blueberry-Almond OatmealTop your oatmeal with antioxidant and flavor-rich blueberries for a delicious kick to start off your day.
Banana-Nut OatmealBy combining powerhouses of banana and oatmeal, this morning meal alone gets you halfway to your Resistant Starch goal of 10 daily grams. The walnuts add some omega-3s, too, for extra fat-burning.
Pistachio, Fig, and Saffron Yogurt OatmealUp for a more sophisticated take on your morning oatmeal? Top yours with pistachios, fresh figs, and saffron for an updated breakfast experience.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Salted Caramel ToppingWe love the whipped topping that crowns this delicious oatmeal recipe.
Goat Cheese and Cremini OatmealFor more of a savory item, try topping your oatmeal with cremini mushrooms and oatmeal.
Oatmeal with Prune & Banana CompoteThis quick and easy oatmeal recipe is cooked in the microwave and makes a hearty breakfast dish with the addition of a prune and banana Mixture.
Aloha OatmealYes, you can always use instant. But food editor Margo True swears by steel-cut: "I love it because it has a chewier texture than instant or ordinary rolled oats and a deep, nutty flavor." It also freezes well (add the fruit after defrosting), so make a big batch on the weekend.
Creamy OatmealSteel-cut Irish oats give this hearty breakfast dish a chewy texture and full flavor.
Chai Oatmeal"Rolled oats simmered in sweet, spice-infused milk make an exquisite breakfast cereal,"Katzen notes. Oat bran not only boosts the fiber, it also makes the oatmeal creamy and thick.
Spiced Apple-Pecan OatmealFor a hearty and wholesome breakfast with big flavor, cook oats with milk, apple juice, and dried apples and top with cinnamon sugar and pecans.
Overnight Oats with Stone FruitA buttermilk, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon mixture makes a super rich and creamy oatmeal. Refrigerate overnight and top with fruit and nuts just before serving.
Steel-Cut Oats with Cinnamon-Blueberry CompoteThe night before: Prepare blueberry mixture through step 1. Prepare oats through step 2. In the morning: Cook blueberry compote and add it to the dish. So simple!