Oat Outburst! (Oat Information and Recipe Roundup)

Given that oats are nutritious, affordable, and versatile, it’s no wonder that a warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal can help me have a great start to the day.

Oats are nutritious, affordable, and versatile! Read on for basic information about oats and dozens of ideas for how to prepare them.

Unfortunately, at first glance, oats can seem kind of boring. They’re not, though! There are so many delicious was to prepare them. Need some ideas? See below for dozens of recipes.

Before we begin, let’s clarify some terms that are used in recipes.

  • Groats = Whole, unbroken oat grains. Long cooking time required.
  • Steel-cut oats = Whole groats split into several pieces. Intermediate cooking time required.
  • Rolled oats = Groats that have been steamed (to make them soft and pliable) and then pressed between rollers. Short cooking time required.
  • Quick oats = Similar to rolled oats, but steamed longer and pressed thinner. Very short cooking time required.
  • Instant oats = Similar to quick oats, but steamed longer and pressed thinner. Fully cooked once boiling water is added to them.

According to registered dieticians, all types of oats have similar nutritional benefits (source). What are some of these benefits?

  • They increase appetite-control hormones
  • Their beta glucans improve immune system defenses
  • They lower bad cholesterol and help control blood pressure
  • They may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

Click here to read more about the health benefits of oats. Now, on to the recipes!

Ways to flavor a bowl of oatmeal

Sweet toppings

  • Apple butter
  • Applesauce or other fruit sauces
  • Brown sugar
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Chocolate chips (milk, dark, and white)
  • Coconut flakes
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut sugar
  • Dried fruits (apples, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, etc.)
  • Fresh fruits (blueberries, bananas, peaches, strawberries, etc.)
  • Gingersnaps
  • Honey
  • Jams or jellies
  • Maple syrup
  • Orange marmalade
  • Orange or lemon zest
  • Table sugar

Savory toppings

  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese (cream cheese, Parmesan, feta, cheddar, etc.)
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Cinnamon
  • Cottage cheese
  • Eggs (scrambled, hardboiled, etc.)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ham
  • Herbs (dried or fresh)
  • Milk or cream
  • Nut butters
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Salsa
  • Salt
  • Sausage
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, etc.)
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • Vegetables (tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Yogurt

Other ways to prepare oats for breakfast

Make-ahead and overnight oatmeal

Baked oatmeal

Oatmeal breads and muffins

Oatmeal breakfast bars and cookies

Oatmeal breakfast cakes

Oatmeal pancakes and waffles

Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal pancakes made with buttermilk from allrecipes.com.


Though there are many recipes here, I know they represent only a small portion of the ways oats can be prepared. After all, these are only breakfast ideas! Oats can be used in many lunch and dinner dishes, too.

What is your favorite way to prepare oats?

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  1. Great ideas and round up! Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! 🙂

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