A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Enjoy Your Oatmeal

April 19, 2011 | Uncategorized

Love oatmeal? We do too, but eating it the same ol’ way every day can get…old. The thing is, oatmeal doesn’t have to be the same boring fare day in, day out. Have fun with your oatmeal and you’ll end up all the healthier and full of fiber (and who doesn’t want that?).

    1. The Gracious Pantry – Dark Cocoa Raspberry Oatmeal If your oatmeal needs a makeover on the weekend, this is the way to go. This recipe incorporates raspberries and dark cocoa for a decadent flavor that will make you forget you’re enjoying a fiber-friendly meal. The addition of agave adds even more sweetness and the Greek yogurt lends a creamy consistency that will make it feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast.

    2. HealthFreax – Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal If you’re a fan of peanut butter, you’ll go nuts for this oatmeal concoction. This is another one that can be enjoyed as a snack or breakfast. All it involves is adding peanut butter, pumpkin puree and a dash of pumpkin spice to basic oatmeal. The result is oatmeal with a kick, making it ideal for fall and winter months.

    3. Not Dabbling in Normal – Healthy Carrot Oatmeal Bites We were cautious of this recipe, simply based on the name. Anything that says”healthy” and includes a vegetable in the title is usually a recipe not worth the hassle. Luckily, these bites fit the bill for those on a diet, but taste like a treat. Coconut and ginger add a sweet flavor to these little oatmeal balls, making them a great party snack that won’t weigh guests down.

    4. En Petit Chef – Oatmeal Lace Cookies This is a classic cookie recipe that is easy, but looks impressive. The ingredients are simple and so is the cooking process, making this a great baking recipe for those who aren’t handy in the kitchen. The lightweight cookies are the perfect midnight snack with a cold glass of milk and there’s no sugar high included, so you can get right bac to bed after.

    5. Side of Sneakers – Southern Fried Oatmeal Don’t let the name scare you! This oatmeal comes out like a slice of granola and can be enjoyed with yogurt or fruit (or both). The blogger suggests making this with leftover steel cut oats you have on hand. Coconut oil is used to give the oatmeal slices a nice brown color and just a hint of sweetness.

    6. Steamy Kitchen – Banana Oatmeal Cinnamon Creme Brulee The name alone let us know we had to try this version of oatmeal. The blogger originally had it on vacation, then came home and created a”shortcut version” that would be easy to make with a hectic lifestyle. This recipe could not be easier and involves simply mixing the key ingredients in with your oatmeal.

    7. Fat Free Vegan – Blueberry Oat Bars Cozy up to these oat bars on a cold day when you have nothing by daydreaming and reading the newspaper on the agenda. These fabulous blueberry oat bars are vegan and fat-free, so you know you’re doing something right when you get in the kitchen to whip them up. Vanilla, apple juice and agave nectar add a sweet infusion and the blueberries provide intense color.

    8. Banbini Banana Queeny – Banana Oatmeal Cookie Recipe This blog is all about bananas, so it’s no wonder the writer came up with a way to mix bananas and oatmeal, beyond throwing them in a bowl together. We love this recipe because it involves nothing more than dropping ingredients, mixing them and then creating misshapen clumps on a baking sheet. The cookies aren’t the most appealing to look at, but they will bring your taste buds to life when you’re hankering for something sweet, yet subtle.

    9. Penny De Los Santos – Sexed Up Savory Oatmeal We’re used to fruit and we’re used to sweet, but what about savory oatmeal. Send your oatmeal on a new journey by making it savory with sea salt and shavings from good cheese. We know it sounds a little out there, but it’s a combination that many foodies swear by. This blogger added a sunny-side up egg too.

    10. Muy Bueno Cookbook – Avena (Old Fashioned Mexican Oatmeal) This classic Mexican breakfast is enjoyed by many and it’s simple to make when you’re tired of your basic oatmeal. It includes cinnamon, honey and sugar and the condensed milk gives it a fabulous consistency that you may not be used to in your oatmeal. It’s definitely worth trying if you’ve never had it and can be enjoyed with fruit in it or on the side.

    11. Paperseed – Vanishing Oatmeal M&M Cookies Need a way to get fiber in your kids without them knowing? Throw a few colorful M&Ms into the mix and they’ll gobble these classic oatmeal cookies down like there’s no tomorrow. This recipe can also be made sans M&Ms and turns out oatmeal cookies that are just sweet enough without making you feel like you need a nap. In the comments section, one reader suggests adding pumpkin spice for a rustic note.

    12. Bake With Us – Chocolate Oatmeal Drops Get ready to make these oatmeal drops over and over again. The recipe is simple enough for those with limited baking experience, but even if you’re a pro in the kitchen, you’ll want to try this oatmeal recipe. A combination of cocoa, chocolate, light brown sugar and oatmeal marry to make these indulgent little bites that are sure to be gobbled up by family and friends the minute they’re set out.

    13. Good Grace – Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe If you want your oatmeal fix in the morning without cooking it, check out this smoothie recipe. It’s fast, easy and satisfies your sweet tooth without blowing your diet to shreds. This also makes a great snack for your kids when they’re itching for something sweet, but you don’t want them bouncing off the walls.

Oatmeal is a simple way to get a healthy lifestyle going and if you have numerous ways to enjoy it, there’s a stronger chance of you sticking with those new eating habits. Remember to experiment with any baking recipes with oatmeal, since timing is key for the right consistency. We love oatmeal, but we don’t want to bite down on a cookie and get a load of oatmeal flakes.