Oatmeal is such an underrated food. Many people think of oatmeal and either quickly say “ugh it tastes like glue” or associate oatmeal with breakfast and nothing else. Oatmeal is incredibly versatile and lends itself to hundreds of delicious recipes. While overnight oatmeal is probably one of my favorite breakfasts, there are so many other ways to use oatmeal in everyday cooking. You can use oatmeal in smoothies, pies, cakes, waffles, even chicken fingers. If you throw a few scoops of oats in a food processor you quickly have a perfectly ground batch of oat flour, great for baking and cooking. In honor of National Oatmeal Day, we’ve put together a complete list of ten delicious and nutritious oatmeal recipes your friends and family will love! Say goodbye to bland hot breakfast cereal and hello to ten new and awesome ways to enjoy oatmeal!
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies via Tammilee Tips
Carrot cake and oatmeal is a brilliant combination. These cookies are delicious and make a great afternoon snack or after dinner dessert. This recipe uses carrots for a full serving of veggies and finishes the cookies off with homemade cream cheese frosting. Serve these at your next afternoon lunch party or make a batch to share with your friends.
Peach Almond Oatmeal via Two Peas and Their Pod
This recipe for baked peach almond oatmeal looks absolutely incredible, like my mouth is seriously watering. One of the things I love about this oatmeal idea is you can bake it in a big casserole dish and you have breakfast for the whole week, all you have to do is reheat it! This oatmeal is made with almonds, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, rolled oats, and coconut oil. Yum!
Oatmeal Pancakes via Chocolate Covered Katie
Pancakes are one of the best breakfast foods, but who thought you could make healthy oatmeal cookie pancakes? Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for oatmeal pancakes uses wholesome ingredients such as spelt flour, rolled oats, and maple syrup. You could add protein powder to this pancake batter for an added boost of protein, or you could top them with some Greek yogurt and cinnamon.
Oatmeal Energy Bars via The Wannabe Chef
After trying these bars, I will never get the store bought granola bars again. These oatmeal energy bars are so moist and chewy I felt like I was eating an oatmeal cookie. This recipe uses rolled oats and peanut butter to provide fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Try these bars as a mid morning or afternoon snack to keep you full and satisfied so you can get through your day!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal via Flick of the Whisk
This pumpkin pie oatmeal is perfect for the fall. Completely with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this spicy and sweet breakfast bowl is a great way to get your day going. Top this oatmeal with dark chocolate chips, pecans, or pumpkin seeds for some added crunch and sweetness. I love my pumpkin pie oatmeal topped with raisins and cinnamon, and sometimes a sprinkle of Grape Nuts cereal.
Choco-nut Oatmeal via Books and Broccoli
This decadent chocolate oatmeal may not look healthy, but we promise it is. This recipe is packed with good for you ingredients such as coconut milk, rolled oats, flax seeds, coconut, cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips. Oatmeal is a great, filling way to start your day and adding a little dark chocolate to your morning is never a bad thing! In fact, dark chocolate has a bunch of antioxidants in it so go ahead and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies via The Skinny Fork
Everyone loves a good oatmeal cookie, and thanks to this awesome recipe from The Skinny Fork, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating half of the batch. These cookies are made with applesauce, rolled oats, banana, peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. With wholesome ingredients like these you can serve these cookies as a healthy snack to your friends and family. Try serving these warm with a nice cold glass of milk (I like unsweetened almond milk).
Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Smoothie via Babble
WHo would think to put oatmeal in a smoothie? It’s actually a perfect idea! This peanut butter and banana oatmeal smoothie is great for a quick on-the-go breakfast and can be made in a matter of seconds. This smoothie provides you with protein, fiber, and balanced carbohydrates to get your day going and keep you full all morning long. Try adding some chocolate protein powder for an extra protein boost!
Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins via Fabtastic Eats
Blueberry muffins make a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert. These healthy blueberry oatmeal muffins are made with applesauce, old fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, lemon juice, and blueberries. They are moist and delicious and perfect for a breakfast on the go. Try frosting these with homemade cream cheese frosting for a healthy alternative to traditional cupcakes.
Overnight Oatmeal via Eat, Live, Run
Overnight oatmeal is so gooey and delicious, I don’t know why more people don’t make it! If you find yourself in a rush in the morning, overnight oats are perfect for you. These oats are prepared the night before so you have minimal work to do in the morning. You can add just about any fruit or topping you want to overnight oats and they will always turn out perfectly. This recipe uses Greek yogurt, nuts, and fresh berries but feel free to experiment and see what toppings you like best!