- Oatmeal comes in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy it straight up in a bowl with all the fixings, mixed up in tasty granola clusters or baked into scrumptious breakfast cookies. No matter how you spin it, whole grain oatmeal provides a hefty dose of heart-healthy fiber, energizing B vitamins, and antioxidants galore. Get your daily oat dose with with these ten nutritious ways to enjoy oatmeal, all for less than 300 calories per serving.
1. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies | Skinnytaste
Munch on cookies for breakfast! Mashed banana adds just enough sweetness to these wholesome treats so you can pass on the added sugar. For festive flair, try adding a handful of dark chocolate chips, toasted pecans, flaked coconut, or dried cranberries. Recipe makes 8 servings at 2 cookies each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 96; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 2g
2. Banana Bread Granola Bars | Running with Spoons
Skip out on the refined sugar from pre-packaged energy bars, and whip up a batch of banan bread granola bars. These hearty snack bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates for a simple breakfast option that packs a nutritious punch. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1 granola bar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: g2; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g
3. Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Smoothie | Hummusapien
Ditch the spoon and sip your oatmeal breakfast through a straw! Warming cinnamon, frozen banana, creamy soy milk, and raisins are blended until smooth for a protein-rich breakfast. Try adding a handful of spinach or kale for extra vitamins! Nutrition information calculated without protein powder. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 287; Total Fat:5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 73mg; Carbohydrate: 56g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 33g; Protein: 10g
4. Olive Oil Granola | The Mostly Vegan
Newsflash–granola isn’t just for topping yogurt! Try it as a treat over frozen yogurt, in a bowl with ice-cold almond milk, or even as a sweet, crunchy salad topper. This unique recipe features olive oil for some heart-healthy fats. Make a double batch, and store in small mason jars for adorable holiday gifts! Recipe makes 14 servings at 1/2 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 253; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 107mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 6g
5. Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal Cups | Kristine’s Kitchen Blog
Sweetened with pure maple syrup, molasses, and spices, these oatmeal cups make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings. Serve them warm from the oven with a smear of almond butter, or freeze for up to two months. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 oatmeal cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 225; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 72mg; Sodium: 386mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 9g
6. Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bread | Homemade Nutrition
This moist, tender, vegan-friendly oatmeal bread will make the whole house smell like the holidays! Whether you’re serving it warm for brunch with a pat of butter or gifting it to friends, this scrumptious loaf has a beautiful orange flavor that will be adored by all. Recipe makes 12 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 222; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 334mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 30g; Protein: 2g
7. Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Parfaits | The Wheatless Kitchen
This simple yet elegant parfait adds a fun twist to classic oatmeal. Layers of oatmeal and creamy yogurt are studded with crunchy almonds and fresh blueberries for a high fiber, gluten-free breakfast. Customize it by tossing in fresh berries, nuts, or seeds! Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 69mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 11g
8. Turkey Oatmeal Meatballs | Bacon Egg Cheesecake
Lean ground turkey and oats set these marvelously simple meatballs apart from the rest. You’d never know that there was a half-cup of whole grain goodness hiding in there! Serve over spaghetti squash with a simple pesto or over whole wheat noodles with marinara and a sprinkle of fresh parmesan. Recipe makes 8 servings at 3 meatballs each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 257; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 69mg; Sodium: 181mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 18g
9. Spicy Glazed Meatloaf | Clean Eating Magazine
Warning—this is not your mother’s meatloaf! The spicy homemade glaze will have everyone begging for seconds. This nutritious twist on the classic loaf uses lean sirloin and whole grain oats as a binder rather than refined breadcrumbs. This gives you a slight fiber boost. Serve with rosemary roasted potatoes or a mixed green salad. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 267; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3.5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3.5g; Cholesterol: 114mg; Sodium: 385mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 33g
10. Coconut Oat Crusted Chicken Nuggets | Marla Meridith
Flaked coconut and oats take these unique, kid-friendly baked chicken nuggets to the next level. These golden nuggets of glory have much more flavor and nutrition than their highly processed boxed counterparts. Serve chopped over a big salad or solo with a ketchup, hummus, and honey mustard dipping sauces. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 187; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol:75 mg; Sodium: 100mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 30g