6 Sweet And Savory Oatmeal Recipes

Trade in boring, microwave oats for the real deal with these tricked-out recipes.

We've all heard it before—when it comes to complex carbs, oatmeal tops the "safe-food list" on most meal plans. Often lumped together with sweet potatoes and trendy grains, oatmeal is a well-accepted breakfast stable. But oats have so much more to offer than simply being boiled in hot water and sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon in an attempt to salvage the taste!

Breathe new life into this boring, beige dish and add color to your meal plan. These sweet and savory recipes prove oatmeal's not just for breakfast.

6 Sweet & Savory Easy Oatmeal Recipes

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Loaded Baked Potato Oatmeal

Looking for a muscle-building dish that packs a savory punch? Loaded oatmeal could be just what you're craving. Topped with turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, and red potatoes, this dish is a savory mountain of a meal. To carb up for heavy training days, just add a few more potatoes or extra oats for a muscle-building masterpiece.



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Cubed red potatoes: 100 g (approx. 2/3 cup)


Natural turkey bacon: 2 slices (uncured, nitrate-free, from leg meat)


Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese: 1 tbsp


2% Greek yogurt: 2 tbsp


Chopped green onion: to garnish


Garlic, sea salt, and pepper: to taste


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Set oven to 410 degrees F.
  • Chop red potatoes into pieces and season with garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Cook turkey bacon in a nonstick skillet while the potatoes are baking in the oven. Once the bacon has finished cooking, allow it to slightly cool and harden. Then, chop the bacon into pieces to create "bacon bits."
  • Add the chopped red potatoes, bacon bits, Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar cheese to the cooked oatmeal.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped green onion. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 329
Fat 7 g
Carbs 45 g (6 g fiber)
Protein 22 g

2

Nutty Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Who doesn't love a good slice of carrot cake? This dessert-like oatmeal dish takes the spicy, spongy cake and turns it into an easy anytime treat. The dried, unsweetened cranberries pack a lot of sweetness without destroying your macros. So go ahead, and dig into a guilt-free bowl!



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Grated carrots: 1/4 cup


Almond milk: 2 tbsp


Dried, unsweetened cranberries or raisins: 1 tbsp


Stevia in the Raw: 1 packet


Cinnamon: 1/2 tsp


Allspice: 1/4 tsp


Shredded, toasted coconut: to garnish


Grated carrots: to garnish


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the oatmeal, and stir thoroughly.
  • Garnish with toasted coconut. Add a little extra freshly grated carrots if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 292
Fat 14 g
Carbs 37 g (7 g fiber)
Protein 7 g

3

Spiced Berry Cobbler Oatmeal

Warm berries over a bed of oats never tasted this good—this recipe happens to be my personal favorite on the list. It captures the indulgence of a warm, perfectly seasoned dish without the full-fat piecrust topping or the cloyingly sweet berry compote.

Packed with fresh, good-for-you ingredients, this oatmeal creation provides a hearty dose of complex carbs in an antioxidant-rich package. In addition to adding a vibrant, yellow hue, the turmeric—usually seen in savory, spicy dishes—acts as an anti-inflammatory and may help relieve heartburn or an upset stomach.



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Blueberries: 1/3 cup


Blackberries: 1/3 cup


Chopped walnuts: 3 tbsp


Coconut oil: 1/2 tbsp


Turmeric: 1/4 tsp


Allspice: 1/4 tsp


Stevia in the Raw: 1 packet


Cinnamon: 1 pinch


Granola: 1 tbsp


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat, add coconut oil. Allow the pan to get hot.
  • Toss in the berries. As they sear in the coconut oil, they will begin to naturally explode from the heat. Gently mash the berries as they cook to help them burst open.
  • Season the berries with a pinch or two of cinnamon, and stir with a spatula. Remove the berries from the heat and allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Add all of the ingredients except the berries to the bowl of oatmeal. Mix very well, and add a bit more cinnamon if desired.
  • Pour the warm berry syrup on top of the oatmeal.
  • Garnish with fresh granola to add some crunch.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl (without garnish)
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 309
Fat 15 g
Carbs 37 g (9 g fiber)
Protein 7 g

4

Popeye's Spinach and Kale Savory Oatmeal

You'll see Popeye-like with this oatmeal! Your favorite cartoon hero downed a can of the green stuff when he needed a boost of energy; I'm packing in both spinach and kale to get you swole. Both of these superfoods are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, making this dish strong enough to eat by itself or serve as a side dish with some lean protein. It'll help you go strong to the finish!



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Egg: 1


Spinach: 1 cup


Kale: 1 cup


Goat cheese: 1 tbsp


Minced garlic: 1/2 tbsp


Coconut oil spray


Sea salt and pepper: to taste


Rosemary: to garnish


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, and spray with coconut oil. Toss in the garlic and allow it to sear.
  • Add in chopped kale and cook for a few minutes, until the kale begins to wilt. Add spinach and chopped tomato to the skillet and stir. Allow the tomato to sear. The spinach will begin to wilt in about a minute.
  • Add the braised kale, wilted spinach, and seared tomato to the bowl with the oatmeal.
  • In the same skillet, fry an egg sunny-side up. Place it on top of the oatmeal, and season with sea salt and pepper. Add goat cheese.
  • Garnish with chopped rosemary, and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 301
Fat 9 g
Carbs 37 g (7 g fiber)
Protein 17 g

5

Southwestern Red Pepper Oatmeal

Stuffed peppers aren't just for ground meat. Swap your lean protein for a carb-packed pepper by using oatmeal as your filler. This vegetarian-friendly take on the classic dish adds a protein punch with black beans and Greek yogurt, while keeping all the classic flavors with shredded cheese and seasonings like paprika and cumin. One taste, and you'll be hooked.



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Bell pepper: 1


2% Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp


Reduced-fat mozzarella cheese: 1/4 cup


Paprika: 1 tsp


Cumin: 1/2 tsp


Black beans: 1/4 cup


Corn: 1/4 cup


2% Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp


Salt and pepper: to taste


Cilantro: to garnish


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Set oven to 410 degrees F.
  • Slice a bell pepper in half lengthwise, and remove the insides. Place the bell pepper halves on a baking sheet face down. Bake in the oven for at least 15 minutes or until the halves are soft.
  • While the bell pepper halves are baking, mix together the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, beans, corn, paprika, and cumin. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
  • Stuff the baked bell peppers with the oatmeal mixture and top each half with 1/8 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the stuffed pepper back in the oven and bake for another 6-8 minutes.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 stuffed pepper
Recipe yields: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 170
Fat 5 g
Carbs 25 g (6 g fiber)
Protein 11 g

6

Strawberry and Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal

When it comes to bread, sometimes the bowl beats the loaf. This recipe takes a classic oatmeal dish to the next level by combining bananas and strawberries with the essence of vanilla and zest of lemons. The fresh fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, while the walnuts and oats will leave you feeling full. It's a fast, simple dish that really packs a punch.



Ingredients

Cooked rolled oats: 3/4 cup


Banana, mashed: 1/2 banana


Strawberries: 1/3 cup


Almond milk: 2 tbsp


Vanilla extract: 1 tbsp


Chopped walnuts: 2 tbsp


Stevia in the Raw: 1 packet


Lemon zest


2% Greek yogurt: 1 tbsp


Chopped walnuts


Poppy seeds


Directions
  • Cook rolled oats as directed. Set aside.
  • Add all of the ingredients except for the strawberries to the bowl of oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
  • Top the oatmeal with freshly chopped strawberries.
  • Garnish with Greek yogurt, chopped walnuts, and poppy seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 289
Fat 13 g
Carbs 37 g (7 g fiber)
Protein 8 g