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15 Oatmeal Breakfast Ideas to Mix Up Your Mornings

Don't settle for boring oatmeal.

Oatmeal makes for an extremely versatile breakfast food. From classic stove-top oats to overnight oats to slow-cooker oats, it's no wonder so many swear by their morning bowl of oatmeal. But you don't need me to convince you, the health benefits of oatmeal speak for themselves. Oats are high in fiber and antioxidants, they help reduce your appetite, and they're super beneficial for heart health—to name a few! If you're looking to incorporate more oats into your diet, take your oatmeal up a notch with these 15 oatmeal breakfast ideas to mix up your mornings.

1. Butterscotch Oatmeal

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this rich and creamy butterscotch variation of oatmeal. Reviewer Larissa says, "My family loves it and has been known to eat it right out of the pot! It's so easy to experiment with. We like to add sliced apples and bananas occasionally and we have successfully tried it with half a teaspoon of Nutella mixed into our bowls after serving." 

Butterscotch Oatmeal
Photo by Cosvi Dos Santos

2. Healthy Coconut Oatmeal

Recipe creator BMARYGREEN says, "A fast and healthy breakfast cereal or high-energy snack. Oatmeal made with coconut, raisins, cranberries, walnuts. Brown rice can be used in place of oatmeal."

Healthy Coconut Oatmeal
Photo by Deb C

3. Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal

"This is a comforting way to start your morning. Made with protein-rich soy milk and topped with walnuts, it's a superfoods tour-de-force that will fill you up and satisfy that morning sweets craving," says recipe creator Fitmommy. Don't have avocado honey? You can substitute for it with clover honey to achieve a more mild flavor.

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal
Photo by Dianne 

4. Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Cake for breakfast? Take it from reviewer Ashley Roller who says, "This recipe is very delicious, I love carrot cake and this is exactly what carrot cake oatmeal should taste like. All the ingredients complement each other very well and I definitely recommend this recipe especially if you are busy most mornings, you can make one batch and it will last you a couple of mornings!"

5. Dominican Style Oatmeal

Recipe creator Pepita says, "After living in the Dominican Republic for many years, I came to appreciate their tasty and easy way of making oatmeal. The texture is more creamy and liquidy, and the flavor is comforting in the morning."

Dominican Style Oatmeal
Photo by justNitra

6. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This oatmeal will hit the spot on a cool fall morning. Several reviewers suggest substituting applesauce in place of apple juice. Reviewer Kristal says, "My husband loves sweets and given the choice of pancakes, french toast, or this recipe, he said he wanted the apple oatmeal."

7. Good-Morning Banana Nut Cereal

"This hot cereal is a delicious twist on oatmeal with some added protein and fiber to help satisfy you and keep you full...Sometimes I heat up the water and milk real quick and let the quinoa soak while I'm in the shower, that way it can cook while I get ready and only needs a couple more minutes once everything else is added. Top with granola, if desired. Apple slices and/or sauce can be substituted for banana," says recipe creator HomesKillet.

Good-Morning Banana Nut Cereal
Photo by Holiday Baker

8. Creamy Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Oats are tossed in with brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, raisins, and apples chunks to make this top-rated oatmeal. Reviewer debrac1 says, "I followed the recipe but added at least a tablespoon of half & half (for thicker/creamier consistency) and at least a couple tablespoons of walnuts (for protein and to make it a complete meal). It was so delicious and filling!"

Creamy Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal
Photo by Ann P

9. Cranberry-Orange Spiced Oatmeal

"This is a wonderful microwave recipe that gets me going every morning! It's made with no added sugar, and plenty of oats and cinnamon for a warm, tasty breakfast. I also add turmeric and ginger for wholesome benefits," says recipe creator Leah Prather Hanley.

Cranberry-Orange Spiced Oatmeal
Photo by Tammy Lynn 

10. Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Reviewer CC<3’s2bake says, "I loved this recipe. The cherry and almond combination really kicked the boring old oatmeal up several notches...I topped it off with some toasted chopped almonds and coconut." Some reviewers suggest using chocolate almond milk for a chocolate-cherry breakfast treat!

Cherry Almond Oatmeal
Photo by CC<3's2bake

11. Blueberry and Banana Steel Cut Oats

Cook these oats in the slow cooker overnight and wake up to sweet, warm oatmeal first thing in the morning. "Delicious! Reminds me of blueberry cobbler. I keep it in the fridge for quick and easy breakfast on the go," says reviewer Emily Gurner Kellett.

Blueberry and Banana Steel Cut Oats
Photo by lutzflcat 

12. Overnight Chai Oatmeal

It's no mystery why so many are fans of overnight oats. Do the prep work the night before and refrigerate overnight. It's the perfect breakfast for any self-proclaimed "not-a-morning person." Some reviewers recommend adding more liquid to reach the desired consistency. Reviewer France C says, "The flavor is dead-on chai and smells delicious!"

13. Peachy Oatmeal

Use up the last of those summer peaches or used canned peaches year round to make this recipe that can be cooked in the microwave in minutes. Reviewer lutzflcat says, "I cooked for a total of 4 minutes (microwave times will vary) and was rewarded with a warm bowl of oatmeal with tasty bites of peach. Very, very nice and quick and easy, too!"

Peachy Oatmeal
Photo by thedailygourmet

14. Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats

Recipe creator Vanessa Fregoso says, "A yummy breakfast that is healthy but doesn't leave you feeling deprived, this no-cook oatmeal will be creamy by the morning time and makes breakfast prep time non-existent. Put all ingredients in a 12-ounce mason jar and vigorously shake to make preparation a breeze!"

Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
Photo by Kim 

15. Chocolate Oatmeal Porridge

This one is for the chocolate lovers...who also happen to be health conscious. "A creamy, chocolatey breakfast treat minus the fat and excessive sugar. Tastes like tiny chocolate teddy bears! If porridge is too thick or oats are uncooked, add more boiling water to it till cooked and desired thickness reached. Serve with a splash of cold milk," says recipe creator thecookiejar.

Chocolate Oatmeal Porridge
Photo by Paula 

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