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These Oatmeal Recipes (Like Chocolate-y Baked Oats) Are Anything But Boring

Samantha Schwab
July 29, 2021

Remember when oatmeal came in just three flavors? Do the words apple and cinnamon, maple and brown sugar, and cinnamon spice take you down memory lane? Oatmeal recipes have (fortunately) evolved over the years and turned us into serious oatmeal enthusiasts. Never in a million years did we think we’d be having avocado atop oatmeal or oatmeal in the form of something other than a bowl. But here we are, and we love it!

These 7 recipes highlight oats, which bring us oh-so-many benefits in the morning (hello, fiber!), but do so in some of the most unexpected and delicious ways. So, next time you’re in a breakfast rut, try one of these creative oatmeal recipes

1. Chocolate Blended Baked Oats from Feel Good Foodie

Yes, that’s for breakfast, it has chocolate, and it can be healthy. Blended baked oats have taken TikTok by storm, and we are completely enamored by Feel Good Foodie’s take on the trend. This recipe uses just 6 ingredients and yields a cake-like dish that’s ultra chocolatey and decadent. Did we mention how easy it is? Just blend all of the ingredients and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

jelly donut baked oatmeal

Photo Credit: Emily Grace Food

2. Jelly Donut Baked Oats from Emily Grace Food

When we saw this pin on Pinterest, we were hooked. Emily Grace’s spoon breaking into the gooey baked jelly donut is our definition of #foodporn. The recipe requires only 9 ingredients (or 8, if you use store-bought jam), making it the ultimate low-effort, high-reward breakfast.

banana bread baked oatmeal

Photo Credit: Budget Bytes

3. Banana Bread Baked Oats from Budget Bytes

Is it banana bread? Is it oatmeal? We’re not sure, but does it really matter if it’s delicious? Aside from coming together in a pinch, we love the wonderful ease of meal prep with this recipe. Just cut it into individual servings ahead of time and refrigerate for an easy, on-the-go weekday breakfast.

Vegan savory oatmeal with tempeh bacon

Photo Credit: Emilie Eats

4. Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh Bacon from Emilie Eats

Who says oatmeal has to be sweet? This savory, protein-packed take on oatmeal is topped with kale, black beans, avocado, and vegan tempeh “bacon.” It’s basically like a grain bowl— but for breakfast.

Cinnamon roll baked oatmeal

Photo Caption: Chocolate Covered Katie

5. Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal from Chocolate Covered Katie

Healthier cinnamon rolls? Yes, please! This cinnamon roll baked oatmeal is made with feel-good ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make. To enjoy gooey cinnamon rolls all week long, we recommend doubling—or even tripling—the recipe.

breakfast cookies

Photo Credit: Big Man’s World

6. Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from The Big Man’s World

We absolutely love this breakfast cookie recipe for its ease and versatility. It requires just four ingredients (yes, you heard that right!) and can be adapted in so many ways. Not a fan of peanut butter? Try almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini. You can also swap applesauce for the banana for a less sweet cookie; or skip the chocolate chips and opt for dried fruit or nuts instead.

breakfast bars

Photo Credit: Feel Good Foodie

7. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Feel Good Foodie

These breakfast bars are a cross between oatmeal and granola bars and offer a healthier alternative to their packaged store-bought counterparts. Our favorite part about this recipe? It yields 16 servings. It’s perfect for larger families or for meal preppers who like having quick breakfast options stashed in the freezer. 

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