The humble oat — or Avena sativa — if you’re fancy. This little grain, when milled, steel-cut, or rolled becomes one of the most versatile foods on this big, floating rock we live on. You can make cookies, beer, crisps, granola bars, and so many other delicious culinary treats with the hunger-slaying oatmeal. But of course, the most common use of oatmeal is our favorite breakfast dish by the same name.
That mouthwatering mush is healthy on its own, and is even thought to lower the risk of heart disease. But the mass-produced, artificially-flavored oatmeal you find at the store is full of nasty sugars and carbs. Nobody got time for that!
So how about we shout out some healthy alternatives to the store-bought oatmeal?
Start your day with a healthy combo of potassium and fatty acids with this awesome recipe for banana-nut oatmeal. It’s bananas how delicious it is! It’ll drive you nuts thinking about how much better for you it is than oatmeal from the store!
Tropical Oatmeal with Coconut and Mango
It may be winter right now, folks, but we are getting tropical with our oatmeal up in here! (Air horn sound effect)
Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix
I know, I know, quinoa and chia? In my oatmeal? I hope most people by now have discovered these marvelous seeds, but I imagine there’s still some who feel like this:
Trust me, quinoa is delightful and so is chia and they are some of the healthiest things you can eat. So give this recipe a try, you won’t regret it!
I’m a sucker for chai. Put chai on the label and I’m buying it. Chai tea? Yup. Chai milkshake? You betcha. Chai crumb cake? Absolutely. Chai oatmeal? Sign me up kween!
Pumpkin Spice Slow-Cooker Oatmeal
We are all a little basic sometimes, and what’s a better way to celebrate your basicness than with some pumpkin spice oatmeal? Get those Ugg boots and flannel shirt on because we are going to flavor town!
Blueberry Pie Protein Overnight Oats
We are in uncharted territory here. We are going into the land of overnight oats — oats after dark — if you will. I have recently discovered overnight oats, and they have changed my breakfast game forever.
Almond Joy Overnight Oats
We are dipping our toes back into the pool of overnight oats with another scrumptious recipe, this time with (vegan) chocolate chips, almond milk, and coconut. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Roll Protein Oatmeal
If I could, I would start every single day with a warm, gooey, aromatic cinnamon roll. But unfortunately, that would not be ideal for my health. Luckily, there’s awesome recipes like this one that cut out the naughtiness of a cinnamon roll, without skimping on flavor.
Fig and Ricotta Oatmeal
Getting real exotic with our flavors on this one. Fig and ricotta are not typical things you find in your everyday oatmeal, but I am not some everyday man and this is not an everyday blog!
Overnight Cake Batter Protein Oatmeal
This is it. This is Steve in overnight oat form. Just like chai, I am a sucker for anything “cake batter” flavored. And before you get your pitchforks out saying “this is supposed to be a blog with healthy recipes” and “how can cake batter anything be healthy?” Let me just tell you that this recipe uses protein powder, almond milk, and plain fat-free Greek yogurt. So no need to fret. Steve will always take care of you.