10 Best Oatmeal Recipes
I love oatmeal. I have been known to eat for breakfast (not unusual, I know), for lunch and again for dinner (now getting weird).
While some people order eggs benny while brunching with friends at a restaurant, I will ask for a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal, brown sugar on the side please.
Why am I Team Oatmeal?
Well, first off let’s start with the fibre content. One bowl has about 4 grams per serving, and we should be aiming for 25-30 grams a day.
It is a slow-releasing complex carbohydrate, leaving you fuller for longer – and with the fuel to take you through your morning and last you until lunch.
Oatmeal contains important vitamins and minerals such as iron, thiamine, folic acid, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also help re-stabilize your blood-sugar levels, giving you the energy needed to tackle your busy mornings and help you manage your weight.
Not all oatmeals are created equal, though. The pre-packaged, instant oatmeal packets are filled with sugar and unnecessary chemicals and additives that we just don’t need first thing in the morning.
Don’t be fooled, even the weight-controlled instant oatmeal isn’t that healthy for you.
If time and convenience are the reasons you reach for those handy little packets in the early hours, then allow me to show you how you can make a healthier, cleaner version in just under five minutes – using ingredients that you most likely already have in the cupboard!
Steel-Cut Oatmeal Base
I, personally, prefer steel-cut oats because they have a higher protein and fibre count than rolled and quick cooking oats. This recipe I make on a Sunday and it provides me with 4 servings of oatmeal which I then refrigerate and re-heat during the busy work week.
Recipe #1 – the base
1 cup steel-cut oats (I love “Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats”)
3-1/2 cups water
dash of unrefined sea salt
Bring water and sea salt to a boil, add oats and gently boil on low heat with the lid on for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off the burner and add the following:
3 tbsp ground flax seed (or you can use bee pollen, salba seed, chia seed, hemp protein)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2-1 tbsp tbsp cinnamon (adjust according to your taste)
Mix the above in with the oatmeal and let it sit until thick and then place in a container and put in the fridge.
This will keep for up to 5-6 days. In the mornings simply spoon a serving into a microwaveable dish (remember, your container is now holding four servings, so simply cut the oatmeal in fours so that you get the appropriate serving amount) and microwave for 1:00.
Add milk, or almond milk until your oatmeal is at the consistency that you like and then put it back in the microwave for another minute. From there you can add any of the following to make your oatmeal even healthier AND tastier:
- Recipe #2 Apple Walnut Oatmeal
- 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1/2 diced apple (it’s even better if you microwave the chopped apple in some cinnamon and stevia for 1-2 minutes to soften it)
- sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top
- Recipe #3 Banana Bread Oatmeal
- 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 chopped dates, or 1 tbsp raisins
- half of a banana, sliced on top
- Recipe #4 Blueberry Strawberry Oatmeal Dream
- 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries & 1/2 c sliced strawberries
- Slivered almonds on top (if you have time, toasted almonds is really good in this)
- Recipe #5 Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal
- 2 tbsp dried cherries
- 1 tbsp sugar-free cherry jam
- Recipe #6 Cranberry Oatmeal
- 2 tbsp dried or fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp walnut pieces
- a drizzle of honey on the top
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
- Recipe #7 Super Duper Oatmeal
- 1/2 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 single serving, sugar-free apple sauce container
- A sprinkle of cinnamon on top
- Recipe #8 Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- a dash of nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or if you have it in the cupboard, 3 tbsp canned pumpkin pie filling
- 1 tbsp sliced almond (if you have time, toast the almonds – yummy!)
- Recipe #9 Yogurt Oatmeal (boost the protein and calcium of your oatmeal with these additions)
- add a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Recipe #10 Peachy Keen Oatmeal
- add some sliced peaches (drained) and sprinkle the top with a bit of nutmeg