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This collection of 30 dietitian-designed recipes with oats will give you all the inspiration you need for creative, healthy ways to use oats in your cooking. Here you’ll find easy, tasty recipes for warm porridges, baked oats, overnight oats, oatmeal cookies, and other breakfasts, snacks, and desserts using oats. With this roundup, you’ll never have to ask “what to do with oats?” again!

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In this post, you’ll find 30 healthy oat recipe ideas from the blog along with some helpful oat facts! Keep scrolling or click on the following sections to go straight to them:

Nutrition & Health Benefits Of Oats

Oats are a whole grain, complex carbohydrate most well-known for their high fibre content. This whole-grain cereal contains about 11% fibre, with the majority being a soluble fibre called beta glucan.

Soluble fibre is known to help:

  • slow digestion, increasing feelings of fullness/satiety (which may help promote a healthy weight)
  • lower LDL and total cholesterol levels
  • improve glycemic (blood sugar) control
  • promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut
  • regulate bowel movements

Because of their high soluble fibre content, oatmeal (as part of a general healthy diet) can help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and digestive disorders.

Oats are also a great source of micronutrients. A half-cup serving of dry oats contains:

  • Manganese (191% of your daily needs)
  • Phosphorus (41% of your daily needs)
  • Magnesium (34% of your daily needs)
  • Copper (24% of your daily needs)
  • Iron (20% of your daily needs)
  • Zinc (20% of your daily needs)
  • B vitamins, like thiamin (39%), folate (11%), and pantothenic acid 10%)

In addition, oatmeal is also a source of plant-based protein. A half-cup serving of dry oats provides about 6 grams of protein.

A lesser-known fact about oats? They are actually a source of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. One of these plant compounds is called “avenanthramides,” which are actually only found in oats!

Different Types Of Oats

Old Fashioned (Rolled) Oats:

  • Whole grain oat kernels are called “oat groats,” which have been separated from their outer hull. During processing, these oat groats are essentially steamed and rolled flat to create the round flakes that we know as old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Rolled oats will cook faster and absorb more liquid compared to steel cut oats, and are great to use in a variety of recipes (e.g. granola bars, muffins, cookies, etc.)

Steel Cut Oats:

  • The main difference between rolled and steel cut oats lies in the level of processing. Steel cut oats are the “oat groats” that have been cut into a couple smaller pieces.
  • Because they’re slightly less processed and not rolled flat, they have a bit of chewier and denser texture than rolled oats. For the same reason, steel cut oats will take longer to cook than rolled oats. This is why I often like making a large batch at once.
  • Do note that because of their shape, steel cut oats are also less ideal for making things like cookies and bars.
  • Nutritionally, however, there is no difference between steel cut and rolled oats! That said, because they are less processed, steel cut oats do take longer to digest in our bodies. This means that you may feel fuller for longer and have less of a blood sugar spike.

Instant Oats:

  • Instant or quick oats are the most processed of the different oat varieties. Essentially, they are pre-cooked, dried, and then pressed even thinner than rolled oats.
  • As the name suggests, these oats cook almost instantly with the addition of boiling water.
  • They will also digest a bit faster than other oat varieties, so you may not feel as full for as long.

From a nutritional value, however, there is no difference between steel cut, rolled, or instant/quick oats. They’re all made from the same whole grain oat groats!

Baked Oat Recipes

In this section you’ll find a handful of recipes for baked oatmeal. I love making baked oats over the weekend – they’re awesome for an at-home brunch for the whole family. Plus, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated for quick breakfasts throughout the week!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

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This easy peanut butter banana baked oatmeal is made with chocolate chips and walnuts. It basically tastes like you're eating a healthier banana bread for breakfast – so delicious! Recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.
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2) Ginger Baked Pear Oatmeal

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This Baked Pear Oatmeal is such an easy, healthy, and delicious breakfast idea! Made with warming spices, it's such a cozy way to start your day. Recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and only 9 ingredients.
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3) Pineapple Baked Oatmeal With Banana & Coconut

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This Healthy Pineapple Baked Oatmeal is made with bananas and coconut for an easy, tropical breakfast! Recipe is vegan, gluten-free & refined sugar-free.
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4) Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

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This blueberry banana baked oatmeal is a comforting and delicious breakfast option. A simple recipe that is vegan, gluten-free, and healthy!
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Overnight Oat Recipes

In this section you’ll find a bunch of recipes for overnight oats. Overnight oats are AWESOME for a make-ahead/meal prep breakfast idea. There’s no cooking involved – you basically just stir the ingredients together the night before, pop them in the fridge, then breakfast is ready in the morning. I swore by overnight oats when I was in grad school.

Another pro? They’re so good in the warmer months when you don’t feel like eating hot oatmeal!

5) Mango Overnight Oats With Chia

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These delicious mango overnight oats are made with chia seeds, greek yogurt, coconut, and fresh mint! They're a quick and easy healthy breakfast idea that is meant to be made in advance. This recipe has no added sugar, can easily be made gluten-free, and can even be made vegan.
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6) Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

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These blueberry lemon overnight oats are made with just 7 ingredients, like chia seeds, greek yogurt, fresh blueberries, and lemon zest. It's such an easy, no-cook, make-ahead breakfast recipe that happens to taste DELICIOUS!
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7) Blood Orange Bircher Muesli

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This Blood Orange Bircher Muesli is a quick and healthy, no-cook breakfast idea – the original overnight oats, with a flavourful twist! It's made with just 5 ingredients (not including toppings) and is perfect for easy meal prep.
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8) Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oats

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This Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal is an easy and nutritious grab-and-go breakfast option. No cooking necessary!
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9) Grated Apple Bircher Muesli

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This Swiss-inspired breakfast uses grated apples for an incredible fall flavour. Make the night before, or increase ingredients to make enough for a few days. Option to make completely plant-based/vegan by using your favourite unsweetened/plain plant-based yogurt and milk.
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Warm Porridges

In this section you’ll find classic warm porridges, but with fun twists on ingredients to prevent getting bored with the same old oats! I include recipes with both steel cut and rolled oats here.

10) Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal

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This Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal is the yummiest way to get veggies in for breakfast. The recipe is easy, vegan, gluten-free, and can be made in a large batch for meal prep!
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11) Chocolate Orange Oatmeal

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This vegan chocolate orange oatmeal recipe is an easy, healthy, and delicious breakfast idea. It tastes like a comforting bowl of warm chocolate with a burst of orange flavour. Enjoy it hot off the stove or include it in your weekly meal prep for a simple, nutritious breakfast!
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12) Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal

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This blueberry steel cut oatmeal is a delicious, healthy, and balanced breakfast! It's perfect for meal prep and uses pantry staples like frozen blueberries, steel cut oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Vegan and gluten-free.
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13) Creamy Coconut Oatmeal

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This creamy coconut oatmeal is made with warming ingredients like coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom. It's super quick and easy to throw this breakfast together, and you can serve it with any toppings you'd like! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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14) Savoury Kimchi Oatmeal

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This savoury kimchi oatmeal is a delicious vegetarian meal that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's easy, healthy, and ready in under 25-minutes!
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15) Sautéed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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This healthy cinnamon apple oatmeal is beyond delicious and so easy to make – just 20 minutes. It's so flavourful and filled with healthy ingredients like chia seeds and rolled oats for a perfectly balanced, cozy breakfast.
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16) Gingerbread Steel Cut Oatmeal

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This gingerbread steel cut oatmeal recipe is such a warming, cozy breakfast treat! It's vegan, gluten-free, and can be made in advance.
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17) Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

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This creamy pumpkin pie spiced steel cut oatmeal is the ultimate fall breakfast. With healthy ingredients, it's a great make-ahead option for meal prep! Recipe can easily be made vegan and/or gluten-free.
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18) Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal With Sautéed Banana

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Creamiest. Breakfast. Ever. These steel cut oats are elevated by adding caramelized bananas, cinnamon, greek yogurt, and peanut butter – guaranteed to get you excited to get out of the bed in the morning! 
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Other Oat-Based Breakfasts

Oats don’t have to be used for just oatmeal! Here you’ll find some ways to incorporate them into other breakfasts, like pancakes, granola, and smoothies.

19) 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes

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These banana oat pancakes are such a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast or brunch treat! They're made with only 4 simple and healthy ingredients. This recipe is gluten-free, has no added sugars, and is high in fiber.
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20) Honey Tahini Granola With Chocolate Chips

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This healthy honey tahini granola recipe is packed with delicious ingredients like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. It's so easy to make and is just perfect for breakfast!
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21) Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

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This strawberry oatmeal smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast that tastes like a strawberry milkshake! The addition of oats packs in a ton of nutrition benefits. Recipe is gluten-free and can easily be customized to use different fruits.
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22) Lemon Ginger & Coconut Granola

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This chunky lemon ginger and coconut granola is packed with simple, delicious ingredients like rolled oats, walnuts, lemon zest, crystallized ginger, and coconut flakes. It's super easy to make and perfect to keep on hand for a yummy breakfast. This recipe is vegan and can easily be made gluten-free.
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Oatmeal Cookies

These delicious oatmeal cookies are incredibly easy to make and they use simple, healthy ingredients! In fact, they’re designed to be enjoyed as a healthy snack rather than a sweet treat 😉

23) Chewy, Healthy Breakfast Cookies

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Readers love these too-rated healthy breakfast cookies! They're soft, chewy, and so easy. Made with nutritious ingredients like oats, pumpkin, almond butter, nuts, and seeds – they're such a delicious, healthy treat you can enjoy for breakfast or at any time of the day. Recipe is gluten-free, flour-free, vegan, and freezer-friendly.
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24) Honey Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

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These honey tahini oatmeal cookies are SO quick + easy to make. They use only 7 ingredients, like chocolate chips, vanilla, and walnuts. Healthy, gluten-free, and delicious!
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25) Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

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These lemon blueberry oatmeal cookies are the most delicious, healthy-ish treat! They're made with only 8 simple ingredients and can be enjoyed as a snack or dessert. Recipe is gluten-free, flour-free, and vegan.
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26) Nut-Free “PB&J” Oatmeal Cookies

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These soft and chewy "PB&J" oatmeal cookies are made with sunflower seed butter and chia jam. A nut-free healthy snack, PERFECT for school!
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Snacks & Desserts With Oats

In this section you’ll find some ways to incorporate oats into your desserts and snacks. I particularly love using oats in fruit crisps, energy balls, and granola bars!

27) Strawberry Peach Crisp

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This strawberry peach crisp is the perfect simple summer dessert. Made with almond flour and oats, this recipe is both gluten-free and vegan!
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28) Trail Mix Granola Bars

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These no-bake trail mix granola bars are delicious and packed with nutrition! Made with plenty of oats, nuts, and seeds, this recipe is perfect for a meal prep snack. Recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and high in fiber.
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29) Rosemary Apricot Crisp

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This rosemary apricot crisp is an easy, healthy, and delicious summer dessert. It's seriously one of the BEST ways to enjoy fresh apricots! Made with almond flour and oats for a recipe that is both vegan and gluten-free.
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30) Carrot Cake Energy Bites

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A delicious and healthy snack! These carrot cake energy bites can be made gluten-free by using certified-GF oats. They can also be made vegan/dairy-free by omitting the optional greek yogurt topping. 
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And there you have it – 25+ Easy, Healthy Recipes With Oats to cook and enjoy. I so hope you found inspiration for some new and creative ways to use oats! If you make any of these recipes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or Pinterest – seeing your creations always makes my day. You can also subscribe to my email list to never miss a new recipe or nutrition education post!

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This easy peanut butter banana baked oatmeal is made with chocolate chips and walnuts. It basically tastes like you're eating a healthier banana bread for breakfast – so delicious! Recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, peel and mash two of the bananas.
  • Then, add in almond milk, vanilla extract, and peanut butter to the mashed bananas. Whisk ingredients together.
  • Next, add the rolled oats, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips to the banana mixture. Whisk again, until all ingredients are well-combined.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into a baking dish (I used a 9″x 6″ one) and add remaining banana (cut into rounds) on top. Then, sprinkle walnuts on top before placing the baking dish in oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove oatmeal from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy hot!

Notes

*STORAGE + REHEATING:
  • While it tastes best straight from the oven, baked oatmeal can be an excellent addition to your weekly breakfast meal prep routine!
  • Baked oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. If you’d like to further extend the shelf-life of baked oatmeal, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • The easiest way to reheat baked oatmeal is in the microwave.
  • You may find that the leftover oats have absorbed more of the liquid over time, making them a bit dry. Simply add a splash of milk of choice and give it a stir before reheating!
 
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • Instead of peanut butter, try this with another nut butter like almond or cashew butter. I made it with almond butter too, and I LOVED it!
  • I used almond milk for this recipe, but feel free to swap that with your milk of choice (cow’s milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc.) My only advice is to choose one that’s unsweetened.
  • If you don’t have walnuts, you can easily replace them with pecans – they’ll taste just as good. A sprinkle of coconut chips on top would also taste divine!
  • For a nut-free version, you could try swapping the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter instead. As well, omit the walnuts on top.
  • If you follow a strict gluten-free diet, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • If you’re a strict vegan, make sure to use vegan (dairy-free) chocolate chips. I like these ones!

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