From the microwave to the Instant Pot and from savory to sweet, these 23 oatmeal recipe ideas are all the inspiration you need to start your morning out on the right foot.
There are a lot of praises to be sung about oats. Whether you’re adding them to muffins or scones, or making a cozy bowl of oatmeal, they just hit the spot. They’re full of fiber and antioxidants, and support a healthy heart. Not to mention they just taste really dang good. I love their toasty, flavor—especially the nutty, hearty bite of steel cut oats that never fails to keep me full until lunchtime (thank you fiber!).
Whether you’re prepping overnight oats for a week of busy mornings or making a batch of blueberry oat bread for a lazy Sunday morning, this roundup is full of easy, healthy breakfast inspiration you’ll keep coming back to.
Make-Ahead Oatmeal Recipes
From overnight oats and baked oatmeal to breakfast cookies, make these recipes the night before for the easiest breakfast in the morning (your future tired self will thank your past self for being so wise).
Cathy says: “Made this for breakfast today and everyone in our family loved the texture and taste. Used frozen raspberries and it turned out wonderfully. This is going to become a staple in our home and so easy.”
from Two Spoons
These overnight steel cut oats are wholesome and easy to make, with a delicious, nutty texture and flavor—all without even having to turn on your stove or oven! Top with your favorite fruit and a drizzle of nut butter or maple syrup.
Vicky says: “This is a fantastic recipe for baked oatmeal in the slow cooker! I used chopped apples instead of applesauce, almond milk instead of cow’s, and cranberries not raising. I even reduced the sugar to 2/3 cup. My coworkers loved it. Some of the guys even asked for the recipe. Well done!”
from Kay Nutrition
These baked oatmeal bars are made with rolled oats, blueberries, almonds and brown sugar, and are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack on a busy day. Make a batch ahead of time, and store them in the fridge or freezer for easier mornings.
from The Clean Eating Couple
This healthy baked oatmeal is super comforting. Studded with warm spices and chunks of apple, it’s made with pantry staples you likely already have on-hand.
Say hello to your favorite muffin in overnight oatmeal form with this bright and cheery breakfast.
from Minimalist Baker
This wonderfully filling banana-infused baked oatmeal is naturally sweetened, and only requires 1 bowl and 10 ingredients to prep. Make and bake it the night before and simply reheat in the morning for a super cozy breakfast.
from Two Peas and Their Pod
This easy baked oatmeal totally fits the bill when you’re craving something sweet, but is healthy enough for breakfast. Especially when drizzled with cream cheese maple glaze, it tastes just like carrot cake.
from Eat with Clarity
This vegan baked oatmeal is a nod to one of your favorite sandwiches from your childhood (which honestly is still one of my favorite sandwiches). It’s easy to make, salty and sweet, and will keep you full well until lunch time.
from Eating Bird Food
These healthy breakfast cookies are made healthy ingredients, like banana, chia seeds, and old fashioned oats. They’re also free of any processed sugar or flour, are gluten-free, easily portable, and great for busy mornings on the run.
from All the Healthy Things
These easy overnight oats are full of nutritious ingredients like whole grain oats, chia seeds, strawberries, and Greek yogurt.
Oatmeal Breads, Muffins, & Pancakes
If you want a breakfast that’s a little extra special on a weekday or weekend, these oatmeal recipes hit the spot.
Jenn says: “This bread is so delicious! And so quick & easy to throw together. I really enjoy the hearty texture of this loaf, and the subtle tang from the yogurt. Really, a most perfect breakfast bread.”
from Cookie and Kate
These easy, one bowl muffins are moist and fluffy, naturally sweetened, and full of whole grains and hearty oats.
These high protein oat waffles are made with cottage cheese, oat flour and eggs and couldn’t be easier to make (in the blender!). Don’t be fooled though, even though they’re virtuous, super delicious and you won’t taste the cottage cheese. Top them with peanut or almond butter, a drizzle of honey, and some banana or berries for extra protein and fiber.
from Ambitious Kitchen
These fluffy, healthy banana oatmeal pancakes are super easy with the blender. They’re also naturally gluten free, dairy free and have no added sugar.
from Taste Love and Nourish
These lovely scones are made with fiber-rich oats, and sweet blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze—what a sweet way to wake up.
from Flour & Floral
These banana oat muffins with dark chocolate are quick and easy to make and the perfect way to put old bananas to good use.
Super Quick Oatmeal Recipes
Whether you make these oatmeal recipes in the microwave, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop, they’re all quick, easy, and so delicious.
Anna says: “
This recipe is amazing! I’ve received IP several days ago and totally went crazy about it. I decided to use soy milk instead and slightly more water and it came out just perfect! Added banana, spoon of peanut butter and some hazelnuts. Thanks for the recipe!”
Janie says: “Made this today. Was looking for a way to spice up my pre-long run oatmeal and give me the energy I needed for 14 miles. Saw on another website that almonds and sweet potatoes are good foods to give you energy and easy on your stomach. This was fabulous and it is now going to be my pre run staple!”
from Life Made Sweeter
Make these creamy, gluten-free steel cut oats with apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.
Oatmeal with a Twist
Who says oatmeal has to be sweet? Shake things up a bit with these fun savory versions—they’re a welcome departure from your standard bowl of porridge.
from Snixy Kitchen
This nourishing bowl of oatmeal has gouda cheese and roasted garlic folded in and is topped with crispy oven-roasted potatoes, soft-boiled eggs, and bright pesto. The components can easily be made ahead of time for easy breakfast prep all week long.
from Feel Good Foodie
This healthy, savory oatmeal is simple to make and easily customizable. Top with sautéed spinach, shallots, and mushrooms, or any other veggies you like.
from The Almond Eater
This super savory oatmeal is made with melty cheddar cheese and topped with crispy brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, a runny fried egg, and a few dashes of hot sauce. With protein and veggies, it’s such a healthy, filling, and delicious breakfast or brunch and a great way to start your day.
23 Oatmeal Recipes to Wake Up With | Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe
- Add the oatmeal of your choice and the liquid ratios that match to the pot of your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker with the cinnamon stick and kosher salt.
- Press the manual setting and set the cooking time for 3 minutes on high. Once the cooking time ends, allow the oatmeal to sit in the pot to natural release the pressurized steam for 20 minutes. Flip the release valve using the end of a wooden spoon to release any residual steam and always face the lid away from you when opening.
- Add toppings of your choice with additional almond milk to taste. Oatmeal can be refrigerated for 3-5 days.
More Morning Inspiration to Dig Into
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