You might think oatmeal's, well, oatmeal. Nothing special, just functional. But, if you ask Chef Robert Irvine, it's the best morning meal there is. Unlike that stack of flap jacks or sugary cereal, it'll keep you fuller, longer.

"Oatmeal gives you two hours of slow-burning carbohydrates," Chef Irvine says.

What's more, Irvine insists you're definitely not limited to the same old flavors you've always known. Using one pot of oatmeal, you can follow Chef Irvine's lead and create three different dishes with three very different flavor profiles. Give them a try, and tailor as desired—whether that means adding berries, peanuts, or even sriracha!

1. Ricotta and Fig Oatmeal

Add a savory punch to your morning meal with this recipe. Topping the figs with warm oatmeal allows them to bloom, capturing the full flavor of their essential oils. The ricotta cheese adds texture and protein. Yum!

Fig Oatmeal

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place dried figs in a bowl.
  2. Add ricotta cheese.
  3. Top with warm oatmeal, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving size: 1 bowl                                                                           
  • Recipe yields: 1 serving
  • Calories: 242
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbs: 46 g
  • Protein: 8 g

2. Almond Cherry Oatmeal

The combination of tart cherries, slivered almonds, and sweet coconut give this dish a surprising range of flavors and textures. Don't fear it. Dig in!

Cherry Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • Quick cooking rolled oats, 1/3 cup
  • Dried cherries, 1 tbsp
  • Dried coconut, 1 oz.
  • Slivered almonds, 1/4 cup
  • Water, 1/3 cup
  • Stevia, 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Add dried cherries, coconut, and stevia to a bowl.
  2. Mix in slivered almonds.
  3. Top with warm oatmeal. Mix and serve.

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Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving size: 1 bowl                                                                           
  • Recipe yields: 1 serving
  • Calories: 539
  • Fat: 31 g
  • Carbs: 53 g
  • Protein: 13 g

3. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This recipe is about three things: texture, flavor, and sweetness. From the sweet cinnamon-sugar combo to the crunch of the apples (which contrasts nicely with the smooth oatmeal), this meal will settle any hankering you've got for apple pie.

Apple Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • Quick cooking rolled oats, 1/3 cup
  • Water, 1/3 cup
  • Diced apple, 1/2
  • Cinnamon, 1 tsp
  • Brown sugar, 1 tbsp
  • Butter, 1 tbsp
  • Stevia, 1 tbsp

Directions:

  1. Mix apple with cinnamon and brown sugar.
  2. Top with warm oatmeal. Mix and serve.

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Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving size: 1 bowl                                                   
  • Recipe yields: 1 serving
  • Calories: 344
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbs: 51 g
  • Protein: 5 g
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