Oatmeal Four Ways: Easy Recipes for Smooth Mornings

If you know me IRL, you know I’m a slave to my morning smoothie. While some people can’t get going without coffee, my day isn’t ready to begin until I have my drink in hand. It’s the tastiest way to get all kinds of nutrients in to start my day. That said, if there’s one thing that will get me out of my routine, it’s a big bowl of warm oatmeal.

I never had oatmeal as a kid. I think my mom must not have liked it because it never made it’s way in my home (same as Brussels sprouts and liver.) I tried it once at a hotel breakfast and haven’t looked back. As with any good breakfast food, it’s a good nutrious base that allows us to top it with all kinds of tasty and decadent toppings.

We asked TRGL team for their favorite ways to dress up oatmeal. Here’s what they had to say.

Karri Says Go for a Pan of Baked Oatmeal

A 9X13 pan feeds two kids for a few days. That’s a winner! This is Karri’s recipe:

  • 4.5 c milk/milk alternative
  • 1/2 c packed brown sugar 
  • 3 TB butter
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 c old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 3 c chopped apples
  • 3/4 c coarse chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)
  • 3/4 c dried fruits

Preheat oven to 350. Measure milk, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a large pan. Heat to boil.Meanwhile, spray 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Iin a large bowl, mix oats, apple, nuts, and dried fruit and spread evenly in pan.When mixture comes to a boil, pour over oatmeal and bake 30-45 min, or until liquid is all absorbed and oats are tender. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish optional: sliced apple, nuts, dried fruits, milk, maple syrup.

We’ve also heard great things about this Copycat recipe for the famous Colectivo Baked Oatmeal!

Need to Eat and Run? Try a Breakfast Cookie

This vegan and gluten-free recipe from Love & Lemons will get the day off to a great start as you race out the door.

Pack A Peanut Butter Punch

Sara tells us her daughter’s favorite breakfast earns points for taste and for being a protein and fiber packed brekkie. Here’s her recipe.

  • Make plain oatmeal according to directions (I microwave).
  • Add a spoonful of peanut butter (more or less to taste).
  • Add a splash of milk to cool it down and thin it out.
  • Top with a few chocolate sprinkles.

Peanut butter is also delicious in an Overnight Oatmeal Jar! Sarah K loves these for quick breakfasts on-the-go with just a little prep work the night before that pack a big punch of protein. Here’s a recipe for one of her faves:

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • spoonful of black chia seeds

Combine ingredients in a mason jar and give them a good shake. Cover and allow to hang out overnight in the fridge. When it’s breakfast time, top with two healthy dollops of peanut butter and maple syrup to taste and maybe some banana slices and mini chocolate chips or a few pecans. Yummmmm.

Drink Your Oats

Okay, I understand this version has sucked out any nutritional value out of hearty oats, but… I’m writing this post from a bench at Vennture Brewing in Tosa, drinking my hot chocolate with oat milk. Yes, I’m a four-year-old, but I’m a four-year-old eating seasonally! Using oat milk (while also being a good substitute while I try to limit my dairy) gives the drink a hint of fall flavors. Moral of the story – try oat milk the next time you get a warm drink!