You might not think it, but oatmeal has been around for hundreds of years. Since the 17th century, in fact! Wow, who knew? People back then might not have known about all of the health benefits like high fiber content and 100 percent whole grain. They just had a good feeling about it. And we do too!
You can't argue that oatmeal isn't healthy for you, but you might think there isn't much when it comes to taste. But if all you've had are instant, microwave-ready oatmeal, you might not have given oats their fair shake. That's why in honor of National Oatmeal Month, we've come up with 5 of our favorite oatmeal recipes for you to try!
You'll find yummy ways to enjoy your morning anti-oxidants in a gluten-free package that is sure to make oatmeal your go-to breakfast staple. And you'll have a better chance of sticking to that eat-healthier new year's resolution.
1. Quick & Healthy Oatmeal Recipe
Sometimes basic is better. At breakfast, that can certainly be the case. That's why we’re starting with the easiest oatmeal to make with this 5-minute banana-flavored oatmeal recipe! You can make this recipe in a flash, so it's perfect for busy mornings. After only 5 minutes of prep, it only takes 5 minutes of cooking. (It’s up to you how long it takes to eat!) Bonus: it’s only 238 calories so you could go back for seconds!
Now, if you’re one of those people that doesn’t care for bananas, read on, because we’ve got more we think you’ll love!
2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal Recipe
Get the sweet flavor you crave with this stovetop chocolate chip cookie dough oatmeal recipe. No, this isn't a recipe for ice cream — it really is oatmeal! We know it’s not your traditional breakfast, but it does make a perfect after-school (or after work!) snack. You can also make these ahead of time for road trips, movie dates (if you’re the kind of person that sneaks in their own snacks!), or something healthy to much on at work. After 10 minutes of simple prep, you’ll need 10 minutes to cook some of the most delicious oatmeal bites you’ve ever tried.
3. Maple French Toast Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
You may have never thought to make your breakfast ahead of time, but a little thinking ahead for the most important meal of the day isn’t a bad idea! And who said you couldn't combine the power of oats and the flavor of french toast into one delicious breakfast? Not this oatmeal recipe, that's for sure.
Not only is it delicious, but it’s vegan. Plus, we promise you, the taste will be well worth the overnight effort. We think it’s the cinnamon really makes this recipe amazing. But in case you’re not a cinnamon fan (no judgment here), read on for more delicious recipes.
4. Coconut-Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe
Another way to prepare oatmeal is in your oven, and this coconut-blueberry oatmeal recipe is just the ticket for a delicious and fulfilling meal. With only 10 minutes of prep time and 40 min of cook time, you could have this delicious baked oatmeal ready in under an hour. It might not be ideal for busy weekday mornings, but it sure does sound nice on a lazy Sunday afternoon, don’t you think?
Plus, it’s perfect for satiating that sweet tooth you have, but without all the sugar. Don’t like blueberries? You can use just about any fruit you’d like! That’s the beauty of this recipe.
5. Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe
If you have a busy schedule, then this slow cooker apple cinnamon recipe is right up your alley. After only 10 minutes of prep time, just leave it to cook overnight in your slow cooker. In the morning, add some apples and cook a little longer and you’ll have a new breakfast favorite the family will always be requesting. Now that's one way to start your morning right! Pro tip: serve it with a little almond milk to make it just, oh, *chefs kiss.*
Insider Oatmeal Tips
No matter how you like to eat oatmeal, here are a few helpful tips that'll make your tastebuds sing:
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Greek yogurt
- Vanilla extract
- Dried and fresh fruit
- Various nuts
We know that eating healthier is a challenge no matter when you try it, but we hope these oatmeal recipes make it easier to start your day right. From fluffier oatmeal on the stove to slow-cooked goodness, the possibilities for your enjoyment are endless. Are you thinking about upgrading your range or cooktop? Our experts at Westco Home Furnishings want to help! Give us a call or send us a message today.