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From Classic to Creative: Discover 31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Oatmeal!

Oats are considered a highly nutritious food, offering a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fiber. And they make a fantastic bowl of oatmeal! Hot oatmeal, cold (like overnight oats), steel cut for extra chewy texture, Instant Pot oats – we’ve got ’em all. How about a bowl of baked pumpkin oatmeal, or a bowl with caramelized apples? Have you ever heard of savory oatmeal? And we even have a pancake recipe made with leftover oatmeal! All your favorite flavors are here in our 30 scrumptious oatmeal recipes: chocolate, peanut butter, cranberry, maple, even cinnamon oatmeal cookie flavor! Plus a primer on oats. This is the ONLY oatmeal round-up you need!

Overnight Oats & Chia Seeds – You Pick The Toppings!

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Overnight oats are hugely popular! Whole grain oats and chia seeds combined with unsweetened almond milk and a tiny bit of maple syrup (optional) are soaked overnight for this popular, hearty, fiber-rich vegetarian breakfast. We show you many ways to garnish with fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and more. Click here for the recipe.

Super Seedy Baked Oatmeal

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Super seedy baked oatmeal with hemp seeds, flax seeds and pepitas. Vegan and gluten-free. Get the recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Cookies are gluten-free, vegan, easy to make and hearty combining oats, nuts, seeds and grated apple. Spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with maple syrup, we love these with a hot cup of tea or coffee in the morning, but we also love these as a midday snack. Get the recipe.

Avena Dominicana – Dominican Breakfast Porridge

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A mixture of lovely spices, creamy oatmeal, and warming comfort can be found in this desayuno de avena dominicana (oatmeal breakfast). This traditional Dominican breakfast porridge is one of those childhood favorites that is enjoyed by grownups too. Give it a try!

Leftover Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

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These leftover oatmeal pancakes are the perfect way to repurpose cold, leftover oatmeal before it goes bad! If you’ve ever had leftover oatmeal in the fridge, you know it doesn’t take long for it to go sour. So if you need to use it up quickly, this is a tasty way to do that. Get the recipe.

Creamy Oatmeal With Caramelized Apples

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Five heart-warming ingredients come together in this Creamy Oatmeal With Caramelized Apples. Add a little Maple syrup and cacao powder and you’ll have the best warm porridge, perfect for cozy breakfast. This simple recipe is vegan, sugar-free and and absolutely yummy. Get the recipe.

Healthy 3-Minute Vegan Oatmeal without Milk

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This is seriously the very BEST Healthy Oatmeal Recipe you’ll ever need. This simple yet clean and nutritious breakfast idea is dairy-free, low fat and vegan. Great way to start your day off right. Get the recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Baked Oatmeal with Cherries

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Chocolate Baked Oatmeal for breakfast? – Yes, please! These delicious oats are loaded with good-for-you ingredients like fresh cherries, walnuts, and cacao powder. It’s a healthy Oil-free vegan breakfast recipe your family will love. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

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This chocolate chip overnight oats recipe comes together with gluten-free oats, dairy-free milk, vegan chocolate chips, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Get the recipe.

Healthy Stovetop Vegan Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

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This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is our kid-approved, go-to breakfast in our house. Not to mention warm breakfast, which you can make it even better with lots of fresh fruit or seed toppings. We love it with banana, peach, strawberries, cherries, kiwis, oranges, puffed quinoa, sunflower seeds and even with chocolate chips. Endless possibilities for you to make this basic oatmeal recipe to your taste. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Maple Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Cranberry Maple Steel Cut Oatmeal! This healthy, vegan and glutenfree breakfast is packed with holiday flavors! Fresh cranberry maple sauce, orange zest and pecans. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Oatmeal

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Instant Pot Oatmeal is the best way to meal prep oatmeal for busy mornings! This super easy recipe, can cook while you get ready for the day making your morning less stressful. This make ahead breakfast recipe really helps keep your morning on track. I love making this Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe on the days that I know the kids need a hearty breakfast, but I need a little extra time to get ready. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries

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This pumpkin baked oatmeal with cranberries is destined to become a family favorite. Start your holiday mornings off right with a big bowl of oats, pumpkin, cranberries and so much more!

This delicious breakfast casserole dish is a perfect way to start off a holiday morning, and it’s packed with antioxidants! Get the recipe.

Get to Know Oats

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We love oats for their nutritional profile, the fact that they are always easy to find, are economical, and fill us up in the morning! Learn all about oats: how to choose, store and use. Get the article.

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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Slow cooker overnight oatmeal is the perfect way to have a hot breakfast ready to go when you first wake up in the morning!

This delicious slow cooker overnight oatmeal breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up in the morning and you won’t have to lift a sleepy, coffee-deprived finger to do it. True story.

This bad boy will cook all night while you sleep. Yup. A full 8 hours! Get the recipe.

Coconut Bomb Overnight Oatmeal

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Are you a coconut lover? If so, this morning bowl of Coconut Bomb Overnight Oatmeal might be your perfect bowl of morning oats! Get the recipe.

Coffee Overnight Oats 

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Wake up to a bowl full of oats, milk, and coffee. This sweet and creamy coffee overnight oats recipe is a breakfast treat that can be prepared the night before so you can sleep in a little longer in the morning.

If you love overnight oats and coffee, then this combo should really get your engines running first thing in the morning. Get the recipe.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Ready to have carrot cake for breakfast? Carrot Cake Oatmeal that is…

If you love carrot cake, then this Carrot Cake Oatmeal may very well be the best bowl of oatmeal you’ll ever enjoy. It’s all that carrot cake goodness in your breakfast bowl! Get the recipe.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl – Vary The Toppings!

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An oatmeal breakfast bowl is a tasty, vibrant alternative to other breakfast recipes. Once you know how to make an oatmeal bowl, you can get creative with ingredients and toppings and come up with some brand new versions. The oatmeal bowl toppings you choose can help you create a new version every day, which is part of the fun. A healthy oatmeal breakfast does not have to be boring! If you are a fan of oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, read on for some breakfast bowl inspiration. Get the recipe.

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This oatmeal cookie overnight oatmeal recipe is perfect for rushed mornings. Simply prep the night before!

If you love oatmeal raisin cookies, then this should be your morning bowl of oats! Get the recipe.

German Chocolate Oatmeal

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This German chocolate oatmeal is  the perfect breakfast for those who love the chocolate and coconut flavor combination of German chocolate.

My love of coconut is a relatively new thing. I’ve only liked it for about a year. Before that, you couldn’t get me to stand within ten feet of a coconut. It was like a bad date I couldn’t wait to get away from. Get the recipe.

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal

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This delicious lemon blueberry oatmeal makes for a high-fiber start to your day! Get the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

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If you love peanut butter cups, you’ll really get a kick out of this peanut butter cup oatmeal recipe.

It’s hard to believe that something this reminiscent of candy can actually be a healthy breakfast. But here we are. Dessert for breakfast. Don’t argue! Get the recipe.

Blended Baked Oatmeal Recipe (With Blueberries!)

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If you love oatmeal, this blended baked oatmeal is one breakfast you simply have to try. It’s like eating cake for breakfast!

Blended baked oatmeal recipes are soft and fluffy, like cake, and much healthier than cookies. Try this recipe for a classic blueberry baked oatmeal, or switch out the blueberries for chocolate chips or any other toppings you’d like to use. It’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free! Get the recipe.

Gingerbread Oatmeal Recipe

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This gingerbread oatmeal recipe is exactly that warm bowl of comforting deliciousness you would hope for from a good, gingerbread flavored breakfast. Get the recipe.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats with Chocolate, Cherries and Cashews

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These Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats with Chocolate, Cherries and Cashews are so comforting and filling that you won’t need a morning snack. They are a real crowd pleaser when you have a house full of guests. Get creative with your toppings and have a toppings bar. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Instant Pot Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal! A hearty bowl of berry and cream oats made simple using the Instant Pot. Prep everything the night before for a simple breakfast the next morning. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oatmeal 

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I made this oatmeal last weekend, just threw the ingredients together on Friday night so it would be ready in the morning.

Do you know how amazing it is to wake up to your house smelling like pumpkin? And maple syrup? I literally threw off the covers to run downstairs, grab a bowl, and rejoin hubby in bed. Get the recipe.

Indian Masala Oats (Savory Oatmeal)

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Masala Oats is a savory oatmeal breakfast porridge cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic Indian spices. A healthy & delicious vegan breakfast recipe.

Blood Orange and Chocolate Oatmeal

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I never get tired of wholesome oatmeal loaded with seasonal goodies like this Blood Orange and Chocolate Oatmeal. Made easily in the microwave and full of citrus flavor. {gluten free, vegan, dairy free}. Get the recipe.

Loaded Blueberry Oatmeal

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These wholesome Loaded Blueberry Oatmeal make for the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and start the day off right. Made simply with oatmeal, blueberries, and ALL the toppings—you won’t be able to get enough! Get the recipe.

Fruit Soaked Oatmeal – 4 Ingredients

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Fruit Soaked Oatmeal: quick enough for weekday mornings, but tasty enough for slow weekend ones, too. Get the recipe.

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