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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Another delightful, squash-filled dish, this rustic recipe makes moderate use of spices and sweeteners for a wholesome, down-to-earth meal.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This breakfast is one smooth operator. Bananas are whipped and absorbed into the oatmeal giving a sweet, creamy mixture without chunks.
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.
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.