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!

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.

  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 Fat 11 g
Total Carb 46.3 g
Protein 35.3 g

Mexican Mocha-Meal PDF (45.9 KB)

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.

  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 Fat 4.7 g
Total Carb 50.6 g
Protein 13.8 g

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

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.

  1. Combine all ingredients in small jar.
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 306
Total Fat 15.6 g
Total Carb 32.1 g
Protein 20.7 g

The Overnighter Oatmeal PDF (55 KB)

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.

  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 Fat 4 g
Total Carb 38 g
Protein 6.6 g

Raisin Cookie Oatmeal PDF (60.3 KB)

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.

  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 Fat 12.7 g
Total Carb 29.4 g
Protein 23.6 g

PB&J Oatmeal PDF (65.6 KB)