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55 Fun and Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

I’m putting the finishing touches on a talk I’m giving this Saturday (OMG! My first TALK!) to a group of moms who are interested in tips and tricks to help their families eat more healthfully. I’m going to break down an average day by meal time, so of course I’m starting with breakfast.

One really simple thing you can do to make breakfast healthier is to switch to a whole grain cereal. You want to find one that has at least five grams of fiber per serving.

One study showed that women who got at least one serving of whole grains a day—a cup of whole grain cold cereal, for example, or one slice of whole grain bread—weighed less and had slimmer waists than those who ate none.

Of course, cold cereal is EXPENSIVE! Have you noticed this? Plus, it’s almost always got added sugar and other stuff in.  So your best choice is actually oatmeal.

You can buy plain rolled oats for around sixty-nine cents per pound—that comes out to about four cents per serving!—which is a lot cheaper than cold cereal, which can be thirty or forty cents per OUNCE. Don’t buy the instant flavored oatmeal, because that’s full of chemicals and sugar (and costs a lot more). You can add your own fruit and even a spoonful of sugar and it will still be much healthier.

Serve it with low fat milk for you and older kids, whole milk for young kids, and some fruit, and you’ve got a great, healthy, FAST breakfast.

Plain rolled oats—not even the instant kind—only take two–three minutes to cook in the microwave, so this really doesn’t take much more time than pouring a bowl of cereal.

And, by the way, if you’re not sitting down to eat breakfast, you probably should, because another study found that eating breakfast meant that women were far more likely to have a body mass index under 25, putting them comfortably in the healthy weight category.

But plain oatmeal? Yeah, that can get a little boring.  So I’ve rounded up a MASSIVE list of fun (and healthy!) oatmeal recipes so that you will NEVER get bored!

55 fun and healthy oatmeal recipes from laughinglemonpie.com

55 fun and healthy oatmeal recipes

55 Fun and Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

  1. My go-to favorite is oatmeal with sliced bananas, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple agave nectar.
  2. Don’t think you have time to make oatmeal in the morning? Try overnight oats in a jar.
  3. Baked Oatmeal for One
  4. Sugar Cookie Oatmeal
  5. Apple Pie Oatmeal
  6. Baked “Apple Pie” Oatmeal
  7. Never-Ending Oatmeal Bowl
  8. Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
  9. Frappuccino Oatmeal
  10. Healthy Mocha Oatmeal
  11. Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Oatmeal—Bonus: this one features rhubarb for seasonal spring eating!
  12. Strawberry Swiss Oatmeal—another seasonal recipe with strawberries!
  13. 5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal
  14. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  15. Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal
  16. Pumpkin Oatmeal
  17. Oatmeal with Pumpkin Butter
  18. Sweet Potato Oatmeal
  19. Crockpot Oatmeal
  20. Melted Banana Trick
  21. Coconut Peach Oatmeal
  22. Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding 
  23. Irish Oatmeal with Agave Nectar
  24. Blueberry Muffin in a Bowl
  25. Banana Bread Oatmeal
  26. Steel-Cut Oats with Dates, Coconut, Cinnamon, and Pecans
  27. Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs Oatmeal
  28. Raw Oats with Strawberries & Almonds
  29. Chocolate-Cherry Bomb Oatmeal
  30. The Kitchen Sink Oatmeal
  31. Voluminous Oatmeal Trick
  32. Oatmeal-Raisin Pudding
  33. Mixed Berry Oatmeal Porridge
  34. Snickerdoodle Oatmeal
  35. Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Oatmeal
  36. Quick, Spiced Oatmeal
  37. Kozyshack-style Oatmeal Pudding
  38. PB Banana Power Oats
  39. Oatmeal with a tropical twist
  40. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal
  41. Oatmeal & Cottage Cheese with Dates and Walnuts
  42. Chocolate Mudslide Oatmeal
  43. Cookie Dough Oatmeal
  44. Tim * Barnsley House Porridge with Whisky
  45. Peach Pie Oatmeal
  46. Date Nut Oatmeal
  47. Nectarine Oatmeal Topped with Caramelized Nectarines
  48. Green Coconut Oats
  49. Cinnamon Eggnog Oatmeal
  50. Coach Dean’s Blue Oatmeal Recipe
  51. Oatmeal Crème Brulee
  52. Apple-Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal
  53. Baked Gingerbread Oatmeal
  54. Orange Cranberry Slow Cooker Oatmeal
  55. Hot & Fruity Oatmeal

Whew! I bet there are more out there, this is just where I stopped.  :)  All of these can be made gluten-free if you be sure to buy gluten-free oats, and most can be made vegan by substituting your favorite non-dairy products.

So what do you think? Has this inspired you to give oatmeal for breakfast another try? Let me know in a comment below!

Original Photo Credit: chotda via Compfight cc

 

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10 Comments

  1. I’m SO glad I found these healthy oatmeal recipes today! I recently pitched my stash of dry cereal after learning what is actually in it. Never cared much for oatmeal, but you’ve offered so very many options here, surely I will find one I enjoy. Break a leg at your talk! (smiles)

  2. Hello Lacy,

    all these Oatmeal Recipes are tasty! I eat oatmeal every morning. I buy plain rolled oats in bulk. I add raisins, cocoa, almonds, a dry fig, and a scoop of whey protein. It’s my favorite breakfast for over 5 years now!

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