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29 Awesome Ways to Eat Oatmeal, from Breakfast to Dinner

February 20, 2014

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Though it’s often relegated to the breakfast bowl, oatmeal is surprisingly versatile to cook with. It possesses an uncanny ability to harmonize powerful flavors, textures, and seemingly conflicting ingredients in a cinch. Beyond being a culinary diplomat, oats contain anti-cancer antioxidants, anti-inflammation polyphenols and phytochemicals, and digestion-friendly fiber.

 You may think of steel-cut oats or whole groats as the healthiest choice of the group, but the processing techniques used on whole oats does not actually strip away at their nutritional properties, so feel free to choose whatever kind suits your mood!  They all provide a heaping helping of protein, vitamins A, B, K and E, and healing minerals including potassium, manganese, folic acid, niacin, zinc, iron, and calcium. There are also many varieties of certified gluten-free oats that avoid cross-contamination with the protein, like Bob’s Red Mill and GF Harvest, and even ways to enjoy oatmeal raw by using a handy food processor or dehydrator.

With all these benefits, it’s a shame to pigeonhole oats as a morning breakfast cereal. Luckily, they’re great for in all sorts of unexpected dishes, from risotto to soup to smoothies to ethnic-inspired foods. These 29 healthy recipes from top Health Coaches and enthusiasts may just get you eating oats around the clock. 

Breakfast

Add bone-healthy, vitamin-K rich spinach and skin-clearing vitamin-A filled oats into your morning meal with this Savory Breakfast Oatmeal,which also features grape tomatoes and crumbled walnuts.

Steel-cut oats are paired with protein-rich tofu and potassium-packed sweet potato, then mixed with pure maple syrup in this decadent Vegan Sweet Potato-Spiced Baked Oats.

A blend of calcium-boosting cottage cheese, rolled oats, almonds, and antioxidant-filled flax make these stacks of Oatmeal and Flax Pancakes nothing short of extraordinary.

Energizing chai tea blends with the flavors of Greek yogurt, banana, cinnamon, cloves, and oats for a protein-filled and frothy Oat and Chai Latte Breakfast Smoothie.

This no-cook Raw Oat Groat Fruit Oatmeal is a simple yet tasty blend of soaked groats, antioxidant-dense almond butter, and apples, bananas, and raisins, which provide vitamins A, B, and C.

These Vegan, Gluten-free Zucchini Oat Muffins are chock-full of heart-healthy rolled oats and walnuts, omega 3-rich chia seeds, and vitamin C-filled zucchini—all the makings of a healthy morning muffin.

This Spicy Breakfast Oatmeal will kick-start your morning with a flavorful punch of anti-inflammatory and warming spices like cumin, ginger, and green chiles mixed into an oatmeal, quinoa, green pea, cauliflower, and corn medley.

Make your whole house smell like pumpkin pie while you make this nutrient-packed Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal.  It’s got vitamins A and C, as well as bone-healthy minerals like potassium and magnesium, and is ready to eat in just 15 minutes.

With ingredients like vanilla almond milk, protein-boosting peanut flour, cinnamon, and homemade berry chia jam, it’s hard to wait until morning to eat Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats.

Snacks and Sweets

Goji berries and omega-3-rich seeds like flax and hemp are piled into this Oat Milk with Muesli and Superfoods, to be enjoyed by the spoonful. 

These five-ingredient, no fuss All Natural Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are egg-free, dairy-free, and guilt-free!

Grab your dehydrator, an assortment of seeds, and some quick-cook oats or oat flour to make these no-cook Amazing Raw Oat and Seed Crackers.

Protein, fiber, and superfood ingredients like coconut oil, sprouted pumpkin seeds, almond meal, flax, coconut flakes, and sunflower seeds make this Banana Oatmeal Almond Bread a completely nourishing treat.

Toss antioxidant-rich flax and hemp seed with dried fruit, oats, and heart-protective walnuts and almonds in this tastebud-pleasing Roasted Maple Granola.

Find a new purpose for your coffee mug with this 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Oatmeal Cake. It’s a quick fix to satisfy your sweet tooth with pantry staples like cocoa powder, applesauce, oats, and almond milk.

You need just 15 minutes to assemble these Raw Amazing Energy Balls, which combine almond butter with chia seeds, oats, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds for a crunchy and hearty snack.

If there ever was a junk food for health nuts, this Fruit Pizza with Oatmeal Flax Crust  would be it. It’s packed with vitamin E, fiber, and the vitamin bounty of assorted fruits, plus it’s actually easy to make! 

The fruity, nutty mix of dates, peanut butter, almonds, hemp seeds, and oats in these No Bake Oats and Almond Bars are slightly reminiscent of Lara bars—and totally addictive. 

Lunch and Dinner

Slice up some apple, grab a few handfuls of spinach leaves, and sprinkle some cayenne pepper on your oats for a warming, fiber-full bowl of Creamy Spinach Oatmeal.

This Savory Butternut Squash Oatmeal is a vegan, healthy, and innovative twist on Italian risotto with the mild flavor and creamy texture of rolled oats, butternut squash, and dark leafy kale or chard. 

Oat flour, quinoa, and almond flour combine with chia seeds and fresh herbs in this quick, thin-sliced Herb Quinoa and Oat Bread

Quick oats, potato, and carrot join forces with coriander, chaat, garam masala, and cumin in these Indian-Spiced Oats and Vegetable Cutlets, which cook up in just 20 minutes.

Forget rice bowls and try out this Tex-Mex Bean and Cheese Oatmeal that combines oats with kidney beans, broccoli, and cheese for a hearty and fiber-rich lunch.

Serve up this Sriracha Oatmeal for a warming and energizing lunch or dinner. The hot chili pepper sauce contains the compound capsaicin, which has been found to boost your metabolism, mood, and even core body temperature.

Oat and Lentil Meat-less Loaf is a vegan alternative to a dinnertime staple that packs in exciting ingredients like antioxidant-boosting chia seeds, jalapeno peppers, iron-rich lentils, kale, red peppers, and fiery spices like cumin and curry.  

Dairy lovers will rejoice over this Creamy Oat Risotto with Broccoli, which calls for calcium-rich parmesan cheese sprinkled over steel cut oats cooked in vegetable broth. 

Dunk this Coconut and Oat Crusted Tofu into a pesto-cilantro dipping sauce for the ultimate crunchy finger food experience. 

This Columbian oatmeal soup, called Sopa De Avena, contains cilantro, cumin, peas, potatoes, oats, scallions, and carrots, and can easily be made vegan by using vegetable broth. 

Soy bacon crumbles into oatmeal batter that’s drizzled with pure maple syrup in this delightful Vegan Maple Bacon Baked Oatmeal for Two.

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal?