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7 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes Perfect for Busy Mornings

September 12, 2022

School is back in session, fall is in full swing, and that means that mornings just got a lot busier. When the day starts off hectic and rushed, it can throw off our entire day. That’s why it’s super important to get down a great morning routine — including a filling, healthy breakfast. And there is no better way to get breakfast down fast than one of these healthy oatmeal recipes.

Easy to prepare, with tons of different variations, oatmeal is the surefire way to get in all the nutrients you need for a great (and delicious) morning energy boost. These healthy oatmeal recipes deliver all the oomph you need to get through the day will all the yummy flavors you love. Plus, they’re quick for your busy on-the-go life!

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1. Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal

pouring syrup on crockpot pumpkin oatmeal

Courtesy of Show Me The Yummy

This is the perfect recipe for meal preppers. Warm and cozy, this pumpkin oatmeal made in the crockpot tastes like fall and can feed you for a week! With all of the health benefits coming from pumpkin — like fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A — you’re sure to feel energized and full all morning long.

Try the recipe from Show Me The Yummy.

2. Spiced Zucchini Apple Baked Oatmeal with Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze

oatmeal zucchini bake in a casserole dish

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Picture this: baked goods for breakfast, but make it healthier and with veggies! Zucchini is one of the most versatile and easy to work with vegetables there is, so why not try it in an oatmeal bake? Another perfect meal prep recipe, this baked oatmeal dish can be made into on-the-go cups and is also freezer-friendly. Top it with thinly sliced apples for a dose of antioxidants and a sprinkle of cinnamon (hello, anti-inflammatory properties), and you’re ready to eat a healthy and delicious breakfast.

Try the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

3. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal with fruit and nuts

Courtesy of Sweet Simple Vegan

Sometimes, you just need to go with a classic. If you’re in a rush, instant oats will work just fine for this healthy oatmeal recipe. Dice up some apples and top off this yummy, gooey bowl of oatmeal with chopped almonds for a simple and sweet breakfast.

Try the recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan.

4. Blender Oatmeal Pancakes

blender oatmeal pancakes stacked on a plate with bananas and syrup

Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

Make this batter at the beginning of the week, store it in the fridge, and you have a delicious oatmeal pancake batter ready to go every morning. Made with healthy whole grains and other wholesome ingredients like bananas and maple syrup, these pancakes will keep you full until lunchtime without feeling stuffed or bloated. It’s one of our favorite healthy oatmeal recipes to make on the weekend!

Try the recipe from Cookie and Kate.

5. Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

strawberries and cream oatmeal in a bowl

Courtesy of A Sweet Pea Chef

On a chilly, fall morning, there is nothing better than a warm breakfast bowl of strawberries and cream oatmeal. The steel-cut oats will give you enough iron, zinc, and vitamins B1 and B5 for your whole day. Plus the “cream” is made with plain Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative than some other heavy creamers.

Try the recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.

6. Healthy No-Bake Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Bars

Cut oatmeal bars with dark chocolate drizzle

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

We couldn’t make a list of delicious oatmeal breakfasts and not include something with chocolate. These no-bake oatmeal bars have a hidden sweetness in the secret ingredient: Medjool dates! Filled with fiber and antioxidants which help improve brain health, these bars are perfect for a sweet but savory morning treat.

Try the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

7. Overnight Oats

overnight oats in jars with raspberries grapes and apples


Overnight oats are the perfect on-the-go breakfast meal. Hot or cold, when paired with the right fruits, nuts, and toppings, you can find yourself munching on some of the healthiest (and tastiest) breakfast foods around! Packed with fiber and low in sugar, overnight oats are one of the most versatile ways to prepare an oatmeal breakfast. Add blueberries or chia seeds for an extra punch of nutrients to really get the most out of your morning meal.

Try one of these 9 Overnight Oats Recipes!

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