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Add Some Oomph To Your Oats: 5 Creative Oatmeal Recipes

Add Some Oomph To Your Oats: 5 Creative Oatmeal Recipes

You have two choices. Step up your breakfast routine or continually force yourself through bowl after bowl of bland oatmeal. If you're ready to satisfy your waistline and your taste buds, try one of these 5 easy recipes.

Oatmeal is the real breakfast of champions. It is low in fat, high in fiber, contains essential vitamins and minerals, and packs enough complex carbs to fuel your body for hours!

Oats get a bad rap, though, because when you cut the butter, milk, and sugar, they can seem a little bland. But there are ways to spice it up! Here are 5 easy recipes that will bring the flavor and the macronutrient profile you need to start your morning right!

1
Mexican Mocha-Meal

Lasso a healthy helping of carbohydrates that will keep you satiated for hours. The protein powder and almond milk will keep your protein levels high to start the day.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat in microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 404
Total Fat11 g
Total Carb46.3 g
Protein35.3 g

Mexican Mocha-Meal PDF (45.9 KB)

2
Sweeter-Than-Apple-Pie Oatmeal

This recipe tastes like it's fresh out of the oven! The apples provide small amounts of many vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A and C, fiber and iron. The cinnamon may help curb a potential insulin spike and crash from the carbohydrates so you won't feel sleepy! Top your cinnamon apple pie oatmeal with a Quest bar for added protein.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Add oats, chopped apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, Stevia and vanilla extract to the pan.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Pour the mixture in 2 separate bowls.
  5. Top each with 1/2 of the Quest bar pieces and let stand in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2
Amount per serving
Calories 222
Total Fat4.7 g
Total Carb50.6 g
Protein13.8 g

Sweeter-Than-Apple-Pie Oatmeal PDF (77.5 KB)

3
The Overnighter Oatmeal

Just because you are crunched for time doesn't mean you can't enjoy delicious breakfasts! Instead of the banana and thermos full of coffee on your way out the door, put something together in the evening and you'll have a healthy and delicious morning. This chocolate-banana oatmeal combination is full of protein, potassium, and fiber.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in small jar.
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 306
Total Fat15.6 g
Total Carb32.1 g
Protein20.7 g

The Overnighter Oatmeal PDF (55 KB)

4
Raisin Cookie Oatmeal

Don't kick yourself for not putting this classic combination together earlier—just enjoy it now. Bake these in the morning or in the evening and heat them up for something quick as you head off to work. Along with protein, this recipe is full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. The raisins provide boron, which helps maintain bone health. Pop the mixture in the oven, continue to get ready, and grab them as you head out the door.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Pour into pre-sprayed Ramekins.
  4. Place the Ramekins in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the oats are slightly toasted.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 2
Amount per serving
Calories 185
Total Fat4 g
Total Carb38 g
Protein6.6 g

Raisin Cookie Oatmeal PDF (60.3 KB)

5
PB&J Oatmeal

Who says you have to part from mom's PB&J just because you're an adult? Add some fruit and natural peanut butter to your oats for a spin on the lunchtime classic. Mix the type of berries you throw in for a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. The peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Place the berries in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Remove and smash the berries with a fork.
  3. Add oats, water, protein powder, and powdered peanut butter.
  4. Microwave the mixture for 2 1/2 minutes.
  5. Stir and top with peanut butter. Add more berries for taste preference.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 317
Total Fat12.7 g
Total Carb29.4 g
Protein23.6 g

PB&J Oatmeal PDF (65.6 KB)

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KettleBellFreak

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Guys. 1 1/4 cups of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, big squirt of maple syrup. So good.

Aug 27, 2013 8:45pm | report
 
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I love peanut butter. I use steel cut Oats with peanut butter, cinnamon and honey. 4 times per/wk. Really good.

Sep 3, 2013 12:09pm | report
belhaouzi

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belhaouzi

I want method of preparation

Sep 15, 2013 7:31am | report
orb85750

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orb85750

Are you sure? 1/2 tsp. cayenne in that first recipe? That stuff is extremely strong.

Aug 27, 2013 9:06pm | report
 
RelaxImJoking

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Now you know why they say shes so hott.

Aug 28, 2013 9:07am | report
DHracer007

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DHracer007

Is it not good to use skimmed milk to make oatmeal? This is how I do it and it tastes fine to me.

Aug 27, 2013 11:06pm | report
 
balbec

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For the 1st Recipe - its says to microwave the mixture - I thought that breaks down the whey and makes it useless???

Aug 28, 2013 3:37am | report
 
KeltonP

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RelaxImJoking

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If that was true, your stomach would cook it and render it useless anyway. Its more along the lines of how you are supposed to eat cooked and uncooked veggies. there are positives and negatives to it.

Aug 28, 2013 8:57am | report
KeltonP

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KeltonP

Is there a way to adapt these to steel cut? I got 2 gallons of that stuff at home and just been blending it into a super fine powder, adding a scoop of whey and drinking it cause cooking it was starting to make me gag. Now same thing with drinking it.

Aug 28, 2013 6:06am | report
 
RelaxImJoking

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Because steel cut oats have a long cooking time, I would cook these the night prior. Then in the morning add your fixings and microwave. Changing the flavor of protein powder could help with the redundancy of feeling like your eating the same thing everyday. Also try dried fruits, nuts, and flax to change the texture.

Aug 28, 2013 9:05am | report
kuenzelton

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kuenzelton

just a heads up, if you're blending the oats into powder you're essentially making flour and eliminating a lot of the benefit of eating them in the first place by making them much easier to digest, if you just need the carb content then go for it, but if you're looking for longer disgesting complex carbs leave it in it's whole form.

Aug 28, 2013 1:47pm | report
KeltonP

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doing the mexican mocha right now. it works. its different. and ya, just doing it for carb content. i cant eat raw steel cut. too chewy.

Aug 29, 2013 5:48am | report
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Cooking steel cut - Soak steelcut oatmeal in hot water over night and let it stand covered. Next morning you can just put it in your microwave for a minute or 2 and you are done :) make it the way you want and you are ready to go.

Aug 29, 2013 8:30am | report
23Banks

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Seems like a lot of work to just make some oatmeal. Just make a bowl of oatmeal, add some cinnamon, eat some fruit, drink a protein shake, done

Aug 28, 2013 8:24am | report
 
Qotu79

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I agree. That's how I do it and I look forward to it every morning. Never get bored with it this way.

Aug 28, 2013 11:00am | report
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JMWncsu

im right there with you, so easy and quick in the morning yet still filling. ill even mix my oats in my shake if im on the run n eat fruit in the car or while walking.

cinnamon, stevia, peanut butter, maple syrup, even milk r great additions to cooked oatmeal.

Aug 29, 2013 8:43am | report
bunnybuilder

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bunnybuilder

totally agree. I could see going through the trouble to orchestrate a complex recipe to make something less tastey exciting to eat. But Oats are so darn good with just some cinnamon, honey, and fruit etc.

Aug 29, 2013 3:53pm | report
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willpaskie

all i do...not is it bad to eat oatmeal 2 to 3 time aday?

Sep 29, 2013 2:24pm | report
police417

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That's the we Sicilians do it!

Dec 27, 2013 2:21pm | report
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3/4 cup oats, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 scoop peanut butter (or chocolate) protein powder, 1tsp stevia, a couple tbsp of milk... don't cook it. just mix and eat. Amazing stuff.

Aug 28, 2013 8:37am | report
 
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The mexican mocha-meal's going to be my new saturday breakfast (usually saturday is the day i put golden syrup instead of honey and cinnamon in my oats), that sounds amazing.

Aug 28, 2013 3:15pm | report
 
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having it right now. the pepper is suuuper strong. try it, but id highly recomend half the suggested amount.

Aug 29, 2013 5:46am | report
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looks delish! great job!

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Thank you!

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