Oatmeal is a hearty, healthy, and satisfying way to start the day, and a bowl of warm oats is the perfect base for adding a variety of fruits, nuts, and spices. Although instant oatmeal is convenient, a bowl of homemade oatmeal can be so much more. Note the recipes below so you can make your own oatmeal combination for today’s breakfast!
Easy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are one the easiest, quickest breakfasts out there. This recipe for a carrot cake version is also a cinch to make vegan. Carrots, raisins, walnuts, and coconut add texture, flavor, and nutrition to the balanced breakfast. It’s a filling dish that doesn’t require a minute of cooking.
Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal With Apples and Honey
This crockpot oatmeal recipe may cook overnight, but it takes only five minutes to prepare. About an hour before serving, add some peeled and diced apples, and when cooked, drizzle the oatmeal with honey. The combination of apples, cinnamon, and honey tastes just like fall but can be enjoyed any time the craving strikes. Pear can be substituted for the apple for a different twist.
Vegan Coconut Oatmeal
In just a minute or two you will have a sweet bowl of vegan oatmeal that will please any coconut lover. Quick-cooking oats, almond milk, coconut milk, and water come to a boil, and then shredded coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon are mixed in. A sprinkling of shredded sweetened coconut on top is the perfect finish.
Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal
This combination of old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried cherries, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla sits overnight in the fridge, allowing the flavors to meld with each other and the oatmeal to turn nice and creamy. Chia seeds add nutrition and help to naturally thicken the mixture. Finish off this healthy chia seed oatmeal with some toasted almonds and sliced banana.
Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal With Dates and Walnuts
This crockpot oatmeal recipe is chock-full of flavor and texture, but you can add even more by toasting the steel-cut oats in the oven beforehand. A mixture of milk, brown sugar, honey, butter, and cinnamon combines with oats, apple, dried fruit, and nuts, and cooks for five hours until tender.
Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal
Your family may be expecting cookies when the aroma of this breakfast wafts through the house, but once they taste this warm gingerbread oatmeal, they will not be disappointed. Use non-dairy milk to make this recipe vegan. All of the favorite gingerbread cookie flavors make their way into this stovetop oatmeal recipe, which takes just a few minutes to cook.
With these oatmeal recipes—ranging from stovetop to slow cooker to no-cook overnight oats—you can go way beyond the packets without sacrificing convenience. Eating oatmeal is not always as boring as you think. You just need to combine with your favorite topping!