Look no further then oatmeal for a budget-friendly, nutritious way to amp your fiber intake. This beneficial food is a breakfast staple for many of us, but eating your daily bowl of oats is pretty dull. Luckily, this versatile grain lends itself well to a variety of recipes from traditional breakfast-friendly dishes to munchable snacks, and even oatrageously delicious dinner-worthy ideas.
1. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal | Fit Foodie Finds
Looking for a way to spice up your daily oatmeal grind? Try baking oatmeal with apple and cinnamon, then top it with a delicious sweet leche sauce. The recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, but you can also sub in cow’s milk. Pomegranate seeds make a beautiful garnish, or you can try coconut flakes, slivered almonds—whatever suits your fancy! Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of sauce each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 129; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 252mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 3g
2. Oatmeal Pancakes | Cooking Light
Sneak healthy oatmeal into your morning meal with this recipe for oatmeal pancakes. Each stack of 4 pancakes is under 300 calories and provides you with 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Recipe makes 3 servings of 4 pancakes each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 263; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Sodium: 492mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g
3. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal | The Healthy Maven
Slow cooked apple pie steel-cut oatmeal is the best option for those who want to snooze through their alarm but still have a delicious, hot breakfast. Just set up your crockpot the night before and wake up 8 hours later to a healthy breakfast. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 180; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 135mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 11g; Protein 5g
4. Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberry Compote | Cooking Light
Instead of adding traditional brown sugar and cinnamon to your bowl of oatmeal, try this exciting blueberry compote. The zesty, cinnamon-blueberry compote infuses your fiber-packed steel-cut oatmeal with plenty of flavor. You know what they say: A spoonful of blueberries helps the oatmeal go down!
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 252; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 153mg; Carbohydrate: 49g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 6g
5. Cherry Almond Granola | Yes to Yolks
Transform your oatmeal into crunchy, nutty cherry almond granola by tossing, stirring and baking a few simple ingredients. This recipe calls for dried cherries, cherry juice, almonds and flaxseeds, but you can easily swap them out for other dried fruit, juice, nuts and seeds you already have on hand. Layer granola on top of high-protein Greek yogurt for a satisfying parfait. Recipe makes 10 servings of granola at 1/2 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 275; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Total Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 6g
6. Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Parfait | The Wheatless Kitchen
Wake up to an extravagantly simple breakfast parfait. The recipe features layers of oatmeal and yogurt crowned with crunchy almonds and refreshing blueberries. As a nutritional FYI, it’s also high in fiber and is gluten-free. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 69mg; Total Carbohydrates: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 20g; Protein: 11g
7. Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies | Eating Bird Food
Cookies for breakfast? Why yes! These chia oatmeal cookies are packed with hearty and healthy ingredients that will keep you feeling full all morning. They’re also made without any added sugar, dairy or eggs. Make a batch and keep them around because they’re also handy snacks. Recipe makes 15 servings at 1 cookie each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 77; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 1g
8. Banana Bread Granola Bars | Running with Spoons
This lightly sweetened granola bar takes enjoying banana bread to a new (and portable) level. The recipe features a simple bar made from chewy rolled oats and ground flax that is lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates. It’s also a friendly snack option for those on a gluten-free diet. Make and store in the fridge for a great post-workout snack. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1 bar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g
9. Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal Muffins | Daily Unadventures in Cooking
Add oats to your blueberry muffins for better texture and bite. In just 4 easy steps you’ll be ready to bake your own batch of these irresistible muffins. Use plain, 1% fat yogurt to cut down on calories, and remember not to over mix your batter. Recipe makes 12 servings of 1 muffin each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 193; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 330mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 3g
10. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies | Skinnytaste
Cookies with no sugar and none of the artificial stuff? Give ’em here! This recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies whips together just 3 simple ingredients: ripe bananas, wholesome oats and chocolate chips. If you’re not into chocolate chips, try subbing in toasted coconut, dried cranberries, raisins and/or almond bits. 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; Total Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 2g
11. Pomegranate Oatmeal Snack Cups | Fit Foodie Finds
Wanna take your oatmeal on the go? Check out this recipe for baked pomegranate oatmeal snack cups that are lightly sweetened with ripe banana and 100% pomegranate juice. Spread on your favorite nut butter and munch on these as a snack.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 200; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 464mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 6g
12. Easy Turkey Meatloaf with Oats | Six Sister’s Stuff
Oatmeal is a healthy way to buff up traditional meatloaf. This recipe pairs high-protein ground turkey with fiber-filled oats in one meaty loaf your family will love. Slice into this loaf after just 4 simple steps. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 224; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 128mg; Sodium: 396mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 18g
13. Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Tenders | Mom Always Finds Out
Sneak oats into your family’s lunch or dinner with these oatmeal crusted chicken tenders and they won’t know what hit them. Crispy chicken tenders is always a crowd favorite, and now you can serve a healthier baked version with oats and all. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 92mg; Sodium: 435mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 28g
14. Black Bean Oat Burgers | Happy Herbivore
Got 15 minutes? Grab these 6 ingredients out of your pantry—beans, mustard, ketchup, garlic powder, onion powder—and smash them together into a tasty black bean oat burger. Serve with a whole grain hamburger bun, lettuce, tomatoes and all your favorite fixings. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 207; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 125mg; Total Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 12g
15. Savory Oatmeal with Crisp Prosciutto, Cheddar & Poached Egg | The Wandering Eater
Tranform breakfast oatmeal into dinner-worthy oatmeal by giving it a cheesy twist. Then, top with crispy prosciutto and a poached egg for a satisfying meal. The recipe calls for a particular cheese, but you can sub it with any cheese that will melt. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 357; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 34mg; Sodium: 934mg; Total Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 22g