Oatmeal is one of the most versatile breakfast foods out there. It can become anything from a traditional bowl of oatmeal and fruits to a cookie or smoothie! I'll be the first to admit that I was not always an oatmeal lover. Oatmeal just always seemed so bland and plain that I never even realized just how much of an exciting early morning starter it can be! This high-fibre super food has a long list of health benefits, including energy boosting components, diabetes prevention, colon cancer reduction, and heart health booster (click here for a detailed description). So go ahead, show the oatmeal on your shelf some lovin' and have a go at these 15 filling oatmeal breakfast recipes!
15 Banana Almond Baked Oatmeal Cups
These vegan oatmeal cups are filled with bananas, almond butter, and almonds, making them a great starter meal for your busy day! Another plus for this recipe is that it is extremely simple to make. Make sure you preheat the oven to 375 while you're preparing your oatmeal cups. Combine almond butter (be sure it's a runny consistency by microwaving for up to 30 seconds), mashed bananas, oats, maple syrup, kosher salt, and almonds. Once the batch is well mixed, grease the cups of a muffin tin and fill the oats mixture all the way to the top. Garnish with extra almonds and banana slices before placing them into the oven to bake for about 20 minutes. They can be eaten hot out of the oven or cooled down in the fridge for an easy pre-made breakfast option! Click here if you would like to give this recipe a go.
14 Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Who would have thought that oatmeal and coconut are a match made in heaven? These cookies are proof of just that! And they're very simple to make. Once you've gathered all the ingredients for the recipe, you've got all the hard work out of the way. Now all you need to do is mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients, combining the mixtures in the end. Then, spoon your cookies onto a greased baking sheet and place them into an oven for 8-10 minutes and there you have it—a delicious morning breakfast idea with all the benefits of oats! If you'd like to give this recipe more of a sweet kick, you can add a few additional ingredients, including raisins and white chocolate chips. Click here to try either of these recipes.
13 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
Sweet dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! Not only will this satisfy your sweet tooth, but it's packed with protein from the peanut butter and bananas, along with all the health benefits of oats. Another plus for this smoothie is that the protein and fibre will leave you feeling full until lunchtime rolls around. There is also always the option of freezing leftover bananas beforehand and creating an ice cream texture for this smoothie! Simply blend all the ingredients together for about 30-60 seconds and voilà—you have yourself a complete breakfast smoothie in under five minutes. You can also meal prep this smoothie the evening before and grab it on-the-go. Of course, this recipe doesn't only have to be for breakfast, but can also work as a midday snack to hold you over until the next meal. It's that versatile! If you'd like to try out this recipe, click here.
12 Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
Here's a twist on a traditional oatmeal bowl using a mix of chia seeds, nuts, granola, and a variety of fruits. This breakfast bowl is absolutely filled to the top with the necessary nutrients to start your day off right. All you need to do is combine the ingredients the evening before and let them sit overnight, creating a thick mixture. The longer the mixture stays in the fridge, the more the chia seeds plump up, creating a pudding-like texture. You can adjust the texture to your liking by mixing in some soy or almond milk. To add some sweetness to your bowl, add either a touch of maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. This bowl has the potential to be so versatile by adding different fruits like citrus or berries on top. Click here to try this recipe.
11 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites
This is the most amazing recipe I've tried in a while! These energy booster bites are delicious, healthy, and require no baking. They can work as a quick breakfast, a snack between meals, or a sweet dessert—any excuse to eat them is a good one! To begin, stir all of the ingredients in a bowl and place them in the fridge for 10-20 mins so that they can be easily shaped into balls or bars, and that's it. No seriously, that's really all it takes to make these mouthwatering treats. This recipe can also easily be tweaked to adjust to different food preferences or allergies, like substituting dark chocolate chips for cacao nibs as a vegan option or using almond nut butter if you have peanut allergies. If you'd like to give this recipe a try, click here.
10 Tropical Coconut Oatmeal
This tropical oatmeal bowl will bring you one step closer to your vacation and have you feeling like you're beachside, enjoying the summer rays with a refreshing meal. Honestly, when I tried this breakfast bowl for the first time, I envisioned myself doing just that! Not only is it delicious, but it also has all the qualities of a fulfilling breakfast. Start off with cooking your oatmeal mixed in with a combination of coconut and almond milk, giving it a creamier texture. Coconut and almond milk both contain an abundance of nutrients, which help maintain a healthy immune system. Complete your bowl by topping it off with fresh cut pineapple, mango, chia seeds, and toasted coconut flakes to bring the tropical theme together and enjoy! Click here to give this delicious summer recipe a go.
9 Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
I absolutely love when recipes include fresh fruit in the mix as it gives it the added health benefits of that particular fruit. In this case, it's all about the strawberries that are rich with essential nutrients. Not only are they nutritious, but the fresh strawberries also give the bars an added natural sweetness. On top of all this, these mouthwatering strawberry oatmeal crumble bars are also both gluten-free and vegan! The crust and crumble topping of these bars are made with almond flour and oats. Their delicious crunch comes from chopped almonds added into the crust and crumble mixture, making them the absolute perfect quick, sweet, and crunchy breakfast (and really anytime of the day snack) option! If you'd like to give this recipe a go, click here.
8 Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
This recipe is a healthy twist on the traditional breakfast pancakes we all know and love—and it's just as (if not, a little more) delicious! It is also gluten-free and high in protein, taking up to about ten minutes of your morning to prepare. And all you really need to do is gather up all the ingredients, which include an egg, banana, blueberries, gluten-free rolled oats, and toss them into a blender until smooth. Once that's done, cook the batter on a skillet or a griddle and serve with fresh blueberries and maple syrup. If you're feeling up for an even sweeter breakfast, you can substitute the blueberries for chocolate chips! All in all, a great way to start your day. Click here if you would like to give this recipe a try.
7 Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl
Colourful and beautifully arranged breakfast smoothie bowls seem to be taking over the world of Instagram—and for good reason! Not only are they jam-packed with nutritious benefits, but they're also extremely filling and an interesting way to consume your morning fruit smoothie. It's also rewarding to eat something you've taken the time and care to make! This recipe includes strawberries, frozen banana, gluten-free old-fashioned oats, and almond milk. The frozen banana creates a texture similar to ice cream and all you need to do is blend the ingredients together. If you are also using frozen strawberries, it is suggested you use more almond milk while blending to achieve the ice cream texture. You can top your smoothie bowl with anything you'd like, such as fresh fruit, oats, and a variety of different seeds. It's an especially delicious breakfast option on a hot summer day. Click here to give this recipe a try.
6 Oatmeal Cream Pies
Soft oatmeal cookies sandwiched together with delicious velvety vanilla buttercream to go with your morning coffee? Heck yeah! Let's be honest here, if I could, I'd have dessert for breakfast all the time. This recipe does take a little more time and effort to prepare, but once completed, the pies can be refrigerated for up to three days. This allows you to make them the evening before and grab them on-the-go in the morning. The pies also taste similar to the store-bought product, but because they're fresh and homemade, you know exactly what ingredients go into them! They're also great as a dessert that the whole family will definitely enjoy. If you would like to give this recipe a go, click here.
5 Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
This recipe is sure to leave you feeling peachy! OK, I'll stop with the puns, but this peaches and cream oatmeal breakfast bowl would definitely be a sweet start to your day. The mixture of steel-cut oats, fresh peaches, cinnamon, and brown sugar is a perfect combination. In order to eat this recipe for breakfast, the ingredients need to be placed in a slow cooker for a few hours in order to allow the steel-cut oats to properly cook. This recipe reheats well and is perfect to grab on-the-go the next morning. Just make sure you add some milk to thin out the oatmeal. Add a dollop of cream if desired to make it super rich and there you have it! If you'd like to try out this recipe, click here.
4 Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
This is another on-the-go sweet breakfast recipe to get your day started! What's great about this recipe is that it's also clean eating friendly by using wholesome ingredients such as fresh raspberries and oats, making these cookies low-calorie and low-fat. They are also sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar to keep them as a healthier option. This recipe yields a batch of 15 cookies and they taste just as good stored in the refrigerator for up to a week (but let's be real, they're too delicious to last that long). Click here for detailed instructions on how to make these delicious cookies. Fresh raspberries and mini chocolate chips are a great pair for this recipe, but you can also try making chocolate chip banana bread oatmeal cookies here or chocolate chip zucchini bread oatmeal cookies here.
3 Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Donuts
I enjoy muffins for breakfast as much as the next person, but trying to juggle my mug of coffee while also unwrapping the muffin baking cup is a regular struggle of mine (I can't be the only one!). This ingenious breakfast recipe combines a muffin and a donut, making it the perfect companion to your morning cup of Joe and a solution to my struggles! They're also incredibly easy to make and are filled with fresh blueberries. Blueberries are known to be rich in natural antioxidants and help strengthen the immune system, along with general health. This recipe also works great as a snack to keep you tied over until it's mealtime again! If you would like to give this recipe a try, click here.
2 Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal
This oatmeal recipe is for all you chocoholics out there. It is a heavenly combination of banana, strawberries, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and gluten-free rolled oats. One of the best parts (beside that it's filled with chocolatey goodness) is that it is also refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan! The addition of ripe banana gives natural sweetness to this oatmeal bowl and the chocolate definitely contributes to this. Cocoa powder is what gives the chocolate taste, but if you're looking for an even more scrumptious bowl, top the oatmeal with vegan/sugar-free chocolate chips and fresh strawberries. Overall, this sweet breakfast is on the healthier side, which is an added bonus. After combining the ingredients in a saucepan and simmering, this recipe takes up a total of 3-5 minutes to prepare! Click here to try out this recipe.
1 Banana Pudding Oatmeal
Having a serious sweet tooth, I cannot get enough of healthy dessert-for-breakfast recipe ideas. They are almost too good to be true, but they definitely exist and I'm on a mission to try all of them. This breakfast oatmeal tastes exactly like banana pudding thanks to the use of vanilla bean! The recipe is also dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan. It is naturally sweetened by the use of ripe bananas and can be additionally sweetened with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. It takes a total of about 15 minutes to prepare and cook, making this a quick and delicious recipe for a perfect start to your day. If you would like to give this recipe a go, click here.