40+ Hearty Oatmeal Recipes for a Satisfying Breakfast
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 Oatmeal
Steel-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 Oatmeal
Top your oatmeal with a fried egg and crisp pancetta for a savory start to your day.
Flaxseed Oatmeal with Blueberries
It's easy to get on board with whipping up this whole-grain breakfast as a morning staple.
Lemon-Blueberry with Mascarpone Oatmeal
Is 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 Oatmeal
For 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 Pecans
What makes it great: Using apple cider instead of water adds natural sweetness, plus a shot of potassium and iron.
Step 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 Oatmeal
Lovers 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 Oatmeal
Carolyn 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 Pear
No 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 Works
Add-ons, including zingy pomegranate molasses, elevate the common camp breakfast to a delectable event.
The 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 Bananas
The flax seed meal adds nuttiness, crunch, and even more nutrition to this delicious oatmeal recipe.
Top your oatmeal with antioxidant and flavor-rich blueberries for a delicious kick to start off your day.
By 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 Oatmeal
Up 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 Topping
We love the whipped topping that crowns this delicious oatmeal recipe.
Goat Cheese and Cremini Oatmeal
For more of a savory item, try topping your oatmeal with cremini mushrooms and oatmeal.
Oatmeal with Prune & Banana Compote
This 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.
Yes, 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.
Steel-cut Irish oats give this hearty breakfast dish a chewy texture and full flavor.
"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 Oatmeal
For 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 Fruit
A 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 Compote
The 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!
It's like one big gooey Samoa
DIY Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal
'90s kids remember eating this stuff like it was yesterday
Best Baked Oatmeal
A hearty dish of baked oatmeal is a wonderful (and low-key, easy) brunch dish to make ahead for company, but it can also serve as a brilliant meal prep move that will set you up with practically instant breakfasts for the week. We call this our our “best” baked oatmeal recipe because it offers warming spiced flavor without overwhelming the palate, and achieves a delightful level of creaminess, while maintaining just the right amount of toothy integrity from the oats. Crowned with toasty almonds and bright, juicy berries, it’s this whole-grain breakfast bake is eye-catching as it is delicious. Serve with cream and maple syrup to sweet to taste.
Sweet Corn Oatmeal with Peaches
Peach shortage be damned
Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples
The Savings: 12g added sugar
The Usual: Instant flavored oatmeal
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Baked Oatmeal with Apple, Cranberries, and Pecans
This make-ahead oatmeal loaded with spices, fruits, and nuts will make any morning sweeter. Assemble it the night before and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, pop it in the oven and breakfast is served. Choose a firm, sweet apple (such as a Fuji or Honeycrisp) that will retain its shape and a little texture after being baked.