10 Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

Oatmeal is a classic breakfast option and can easily be incorporated into many diets. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-calorie diets can all include a hearty bowl of oats. The versatility of oats explains the vast oatmeal breakfast recipes suitable for a variety of dietary preferences and health goals.

Whole grains like oats are naturally rich in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and even boast some plant-based protein, too. They’re also a good source of minerals like manganese, zinc, and selenium. 

The nutrition profile of oats is not the only thing that makes them an attractive breakfast option. Oats are associated with health benefits related to weight loss, lowered cholesterol, and may aid in the management of type 2 diabetes.

While oats have a mild flavor of their own, they act as a filling vessel for other flavors. There are many ways to flavor oats by using various toppings and spices, so these oatmeal breakfast recipes are sure to strike inspiration.

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

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Dessert for breakfast? This cinnamon roll oatmeal recipe from Verywell Fit is the perfect example of a sweet breakfast that’s also healthy. While it’s not an actual cinnamon roll, it has all the flavors and satisfaction of one.

The recipe only takes 10 minutes from start to finish and contains a whopping 15g of protein. The result is a warm bowl of sweet, creamy, and cinnamon-flavored oatmeal that is sure to remind you of a cinnamon roll. 

The secret ingredient is Greek yogurt. Mix the yogurt with maple syrup to sweeten and some milk of your choice to thin it out. Drizzle it on top of the oatmeal to mimic icing on a cinnamon roll.

To make this recipe vegan, opt for non-dairy Greek yogurt and a plant-based milk alternative.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Carrot cake is a delicious way to sneak in vegetables. The carrots provide a satisfying crunch as well as a hidden serving of veggies. In lieu of carrot cake for breakfast, try this carrot cake oatmeal recipe from The Spruce Eats.

It has some of the familiar ingredients of carrot cake—carrot, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter—but in a format that’s more suitable for breakfast. Add a pinch of salt to bring out the sweet and savory flavors, and top with optional raisins for added fiber.

Easy Overnight Oatmeal

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Overnight oatmeal is the perfect life hack for people with busy mornings. You can meal prep your breakfast for the entire week by replacing your morning smoothie or cereal with this easy overnight oatmeal recipe from Verywell Fit.

Overnight oats are essentially raw oats that have been soaked for at least several hours, usually overnight. To make overnight oats, you’ll need the basics: raw oats, milk of choice, and toppings for flavor like honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, fruit, and nuts. 

Since overnight oats are so simple and easy to make, it is easy to adapt this recipe to make it gluten-free (opt for gluten-free oats) or vegan (omit the honey and use non-dairy milk).

Creamy Irish-Style Oatmeal With Brown Sugar

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Irish oatmeal is a bit different than the oats you may be familiar with. Instead of rolled oats or instant oats, which are popular for their quick cooking methods, you’ll need steel-cut oats. These take longer to cook because they are less processed, but both steel-cut and rolled oats have nearly identical nutrient profiles.

To make this creamy Irish-style oatmeal with brown sugar recipe from Serious Eats, you’ll need steel-cut oats, milk or water, butter or cream, brown sugar, and salt. To reduce the calories and fat, opt for water or almond milk instead of full-fat milk and butter instead of cream. For the creamiest possible oatmeal, opt for the more indulgent ingredients.

This recipe takes approximately 25 minutes, so it’s not a quick breakfast option. However, soaking the oats ahead of time can save 15 minutes. Even on a busy morning, you can still enjoy a hearty bowl of creamy Irish-style oats.

Caramelized Banana Nut Oatmeal

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This caramelized banana nut oatmeal recipe from Verywell Fit will remind you of a tasty banana nut muffin. Not only is it tasty, quick, and easy to make, this oatmeal breakfast recipe contains just 250 calories and 8g fat per serving. This is a great breakfast option for people following a low-calorie or low-fat diet.

What makes this oatmeal breakfast recipe special is it does not call for raw bananas. Instead, caramelize the banana slices on a non-stick skillet. Simply spray the skillet with olive oil and add the banana slices in a single layer. After 3 minutes, flip the banana slices and caramelize the other side for an additional 3 minutes. 

Top the cooked oats with caramelized banana slices, sliced walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a chef-worthy breakfast in 10 minutes or less.

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

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Who says oatmeal can only be cooked in the microwave or on the stovetop? You can also bake oats, cook them in the pressure cooker, or make a big batch in the slow cooker. This slow cooker oatmeal recipe from The Spruce Eats will teach you how to make a healthy breakfast while saving time.

Since this recipe needs to cook for more than 4 hours, you’ll have to prepare this oatmeal ahead of time. It’s perfect for weekly meal prepping or making large amounts of oatmeal for the whole family. You’ll need just a few ingredients, including the oats, milk, spices, butter, sugar, salt, fruit, and nuts.

Though this is a simple recipe with a simple flavor profile, it packs a nutritional punch. Each serving contains 331 calories, 10g protein, 18g fat, and 35g carbohydrates. 

Overnight Oats With Flax and Honey

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Adding flaxseeds to your oatmeal is the life hack you didn’t know you need. Flaxseeds are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, they don’t have the most exciting flavor. One way to sneak some flaxseeds into your diet is by mixing them with your oatmeal. 

If you’re looking for an oatmeal breakfast recipe that contains this healthy fat, try this overnight oats with flax and honey recipe from Verywell Fit. It’s sweet from the honey but has all the nutritional benefits of oats and flax.

This easy recipe takes only five minutes to prepare. It also only calls for five simple ingredients: oats, almond milk, honey, flax, and bananas. Combine everything except for the bananas together in a small jar. Place in the refrigerator overnight and top with bananas in the morning.

Low-Sugar Coconut Raspberry Oatmeal

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When you think of oatmeal breakfast recipes, you might think of instant packets of oats that are high in sugar. Since oatmeal tends to be a sweet breakfast option, it’s easy to see why they’re associated with a high sugar content. 

If you follow a low-sugar diet or want to cut back on sugar, try this low-sugar coconut raspberry oatmeal recipe from Verywell Fit. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart without any added sweeteners. 

In place of sugar, some oatmeal recipes contain sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or molasses. While these are alternatives to cane sugar, they are still added sugars. Depending on your dietary preferences and lifestyle, this may be too sweet. Instead, use ingredients like coconut flakes and raspberry to add flavor to healthy steel-cut oats.

Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal

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On a cold winter morning or during the holiday season, this warm gingerbread oatmeal from The Spruce Eats is sure to leave you feeling extra cozy. It’s flavored with seasonal spices like cinnamon, cloves, and allspice, but it can be enjoyed all year long. It’s also flavored with molasses and brown sugar for the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness.

This oatmeal recipe is also ready in just seven minutes, making it a quick and easy option in the morning. Each recipe makes two servings, so double the recipe to make breakfast for a family of four.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe

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If you’ve ever wanted to try steel-cut oatmeal instead of traditional rolled oats, try this steel-cut oatmeal recipe from The Spruce Eats. Once you learn how to make steel-cut oats, you can use them in any oatmeal breakfast recipes that call for rolled or instant oats.

This recipe takes approximately eight hours to cook and makes a total of four servings. You can make these steel-cut oats in the slow cooker or crockpot the night before so breakfast is ready when you wake up. 

Steel-cut oats are also low-calorie with less than 180 calories per serving. Though they’re low in calories, each serving of this recipe contains 3g fiber and 6g protein.

A Word From Verywell

As cliche as it sounds, breakfast is an important part of the day. Start your morning with a good source of energy-boosting complex carbohydrates topped with fruit for vitamins and nuts for healthy fat and protein. 

Next time you’re thinking about skipping breakfast, try one of these oatmeal breakfast recipes instead. Oats are a tasty and healthy way to kickstart the day.

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