Oatmeal is a classic. It's also a superfood. But for many, it may be the inferior Aquaman to quinoa’s Superman. (It's hard to top chocolate banana breakfast quinoa—we get it!)

Oatmeal does, however, have its own superpowers, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. But when prepared soggy and bland, the high-fiber hero is no flavor savior.

Made right, this versatile grain is much more than a one-dimensional digestive aid. In fact, it takes on all tastes—sweet, salty, and even umami. So set aside your boring bowl, because oatmeal is about to get awesome.

Fall Flavors

Fall is a season of comfort food, with squash taking the stage on menus and in kitchens across America. The following recipes combine seasonal ingredients and provide creative options for many of the foods you’ll have around the house leading up to (and after) Thanksgiving.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Photo: Oh She Glows

1. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

With varying degrees of success, pumpkin everything—lattés, donuts, fritters, soup, ale, etc.—is trotted out in the Fall. But unlike Pumpkin Spiced Oreos, this seasonal treat is a sure winner.

2. Carrot Cake Oatmeal

The name alone makes the decadent dessert sound like a healthy option, but carrot cake's nutritional potential is often undercut by sugar-loaded frosting. This breakfast recipe boasts a full cup of carrots and other additions that keep it healthy while still tasting indulgent. It's the best of both worlds!

3. Sweet Potato Oatmeal Casserole

Dubbed “the heartier cousin of pumpkin,” sweet potato gets showcased in this recipe as a baked oatmeal casserole. A handful of melted marshmallows on top bring it into autumnal overdrive.

4. Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

Pie is a great breakfast optional when it's full of simple, wholesome ingredients (like fiber-rich apples). Try this classic American dessert for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

5. Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal

This recipe is a perfect collision of pumpkin pie and oatmeal. To make it last all week (trust us, you’ll want to), prepare a large batch of oats over the weekend and simply heat up single-servings when hunger strikes.

6. Baked Squash Oatmeal

Another delightful, squash-filled dish, this rustic recipe makes moderate use of spices and sweeteners for a wholesome, down-to-earth meal.

7. Carrot Cranberry Oatmeal

Not all fall dishes feature squash. Here, cranberries and a splash of lemon (or orange juice) amp up the vitamin C and give this recipe a refreshing, tart kick.

Global Eats

Turns out your slow-cooker is truly a melting pot. Add a dash of exotic ingredients from the far corners of the globe and oatmeal transforms from hometown hero to international man of mystery.

Cannoli Oatmeal Photo: Oatgasm

8. Cannoli Oatmeal

With the decadent filling of a ricotta cheese and chocolate chips, this inventive recipe turns humble oatmeal into everyone’s favorite Italian pastry. Did we mention ricotta packs an extra punch of protein?

9. Indian-Spiced Oatmeal

A pinch of saffron, ground cardamom, and nutmeg give this dish a taste of India and a nutritional boost while at it. With the right balance of milk, it resembles a rich bowl of kheer (Indian rice pudding).

10. Kimchi and Fried Egg Oatmeal

There are countless ways to make savory oatmeal, but this Korean-influenced version provides a lot more flavor than the go-to egg and cheese combo. Not to mention, kimchi is loaded with probiotics.

11. Irish Soda Bread Oatmeal

The humble potato gives this dish its moist, soft texture while raisins provide an all-natural hit of sweetness along with fiber and antioxidants. Talk about a great pre-workout snack!

12. Piña Colada Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Pineapple boosts the vitamin C and fiber in this Puerto Rican inspired dish. You can use rum, or rum extract if serving for breakfast. (Hey, it’s 5 o'clock somewhere!)

13. Mandarin Green Tea Oatmeal with Sesame

Not your typical milk base, green tea is used as a steeping liquid to suffuse the oatmeal with a subtle herbal flavor. Mandarin orange further enhances the tea’s essence and brings a refreshing bite to the bowl’s starches.

Bacon Galore

Did you skip right to this section? It’s okay. You’re certainly not alone. Besides a little bacon never hurt anyone.

Maple Bacon Oatmeal Photo: Clara Persis

14. Maple Bacon Oatmeal

If you’re joining Team Savory after a lifetime of dessert-flavored oatmeal, this simple recipe will be your savory-sweet gateway. Almonds, cinnamon, and flax provide a full suite of nutritional benefits, too.

15. Maple Apple Cheddar Bacon Oatmeal Bake

Maple and bacon are a dynamic duo only made better with the addition of chopped apples and Greek yogurt. Talk about a breakfast of champions!

16. Savory Baked Oatmeal Skillet

See ya, breakfast sandwich. Bacon, spinach, corn, and cheddar cheese come together so beautifully in this skillet dish that you'll forget the beloved grab-and-go meal ever existed.

17. Eggs and Bacon Oatmeal Breakfast Pizza

They say the most successful inventions make you want something you didn’t know you were missing. Bacon Oatmeal Pizza, where have you been all our lives?

Chocolate Heaven

There are two types of people in this world: Those who skipped right to the bacon section, and those who came straight here. Sure there’s chocolate/bacon-love overlap, but deep down, each of us has a preference if faced with choosing one over the other. (Fortunately, we never have to!)

Basic Chocolate Oatmeal Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie

18. Basic Chocolate Oatmeal

Sometimes it's best to stick with a classic. Cocoa gives a dose of flavanoids, not to mention creates a breakfast your inner Count Chocula can get behind. Dairy-free creamer keeps things vegan and a touch healthier.

19. Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

In the brownie debate, do you lean toward chewy squares? Meet your favorite new oatmeal: a chewy, rich brownie texture in a bowl. Kosher salt makes the chocolate pop, and the oatmeal takes on a fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth quality that rivals brownies from a pan.

20. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Oatmeal

Dark chocolate and red fruit are natural flavor pairings. (Red wine with truffles, anyone?) Here, they elevate the elegance of your morning bowl. Bejeweled with pomegranate seeds, this oatmeal is both delicious and Instagram-ready.

21. Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Oatmeal

What’s a sweet potato doing crashing this chocolate party? Making it even more delicious! And with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C , it does a world of good for your body.

22. Chocolate Chai Tea Oatmeal

Picture a creamy chai latté combined with a mocha latté in a marriage made in latté heaven. This oatmeal serves up that dream in your breakfast bowl.

Berry Delicious

Oatmeal tends to keep great company with a full roster of superfriends. It has blueberries, strawberries, apples, and bananas, in its inner circle, ready to rush to its aid and give it an extra boost of antioxidants and vitamins whenever needed. These recipes showcase just how amazing oatmeal can be when it teams up with its BFFs.

Fresh Fruit Baked Oatmeal Photo: Good Thymes and Good Food

23. Fresh Fruit Baked Oatmeal

Consider this a potluck of baked oatmeal and fruit. Start with the berry-peach combo that’s recommended, but feel free to improvise with whatever is in your fruit bowl.

24. Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

If you’re a fan of Elvis sandwiches (peanut butter plus banana on white bread) this oatmeal will get you all shook up. It’s a vegan take on the King’s classic, with chia seeds adding some omega 3’s to this already rockin' bowl.

25. Strawberries and Cream Paleo Oatmeal

You may be wondering, “What’s a Paleo recipe doing on a list about oatmeal?” Well, this grain-free, oat-free recipe mimics that warm, starch-y goodness with banana and eggs, providing a cozy breakfast without breaking the Paleo rulebook.

26. Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal

This summery dessert gets the oatmeal treatment. The crispy top and moist middle will beam you right back to flip-flop weather, regardless of the season. And strawberries, one of the most underrated superfoods, deliver a boost of vitamin C.

27. Whipped Banana Oatmeal

This breakfast is one smooth operator. Bananas are whipped and absorbed into the oatmeal giving a sweet, creamy mixture without chunks.

28. Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

This simple stovetop recipe belongs in your morning rotation. The oats take on a porridge consistency, perfect for cold mornings, and blueberries bring the antioxidant party.

29. Salted Maple Apple Oatmeal

If the first step in a recipe is to caramelize apples with maple syrup and maple butter, we’re fully onboard. Next step: head to the kitchen, and do so STAT.

30. Blueberry Lime Basil Oatmeal

Do blueberries and oatmeal cause you to suppress a yawn? Add lime and basil to the guest list, and suddenly your breakfast is a tad more sophisticated—not to mention chockfull of vitamin C and vitamin K. The flavors here are just the right mix of zesty, savory, and sweet.

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