Reader’s Request: Top 10 Bowls of Oatmeal

by Holly on January 15, 2012

in breakfast,dinner,reader's request,recipes

I can’t lie to you. As I am sitting here on my uncomfortable college-like futon, drinking coffee and getting ready to write about oatmeal, I am actually eating a southwestern veggie scramble with Ezekiel toast. It’s got green pepper, onion, corn, black beans, two eggs, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and a hefty dose of salty feta, my favorite.

It it mouthwateringly good. Like, I’m drooling right now while eating it (<- not a joke).

But this post is all about oatmeal! And dedicated to my most hilarious and lovely friend Katie. She asked if I would write a post expunging the wonders and versatile makings of oatmeal, and I said yes. Now I’m drooling over egg scrambles AND oatmeal. Here’s the scoop on oatmeal: it has 150 calories, three grams of fat (the good kind), four grams of fiber and five grams of protein per 1/2 cup. That’s just plain…but let’s be clear, oatmeal is ALL ABOUT THE TOPPINGS.

Here are 10 of my all-time favorite bowls of oatmeal to help steer you away from the boring, made with water, sweetened with brown sugar and topped with a few lonesome berries oatmeal and onto something much more delicious (and healthy!).

(10) Basic Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats is a cool, doughy treat. My basic recipe is 1/2 cup oatmeal + 1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup milk soaked overnight. In the morning, add sweetener, lots of cinnamon, fruit and nut butter. I eat Overnight Oats all the time in the summer when eating hot oatmeal and drinking hot coffee makes me overheat and sweat through my work clothes at 7:30am.

(9) Savory Oats

Every once in an Everythingtarian while, I absolutely crave a bowl of Savory Oats…a fun twist on the traditional sweet oatmeal recipes. To make, cook 1/2 cup of oatmeal in 1 cup of water and a hefty dash of garlic powder + pinch of salt. While it’s bubbling, add 1 large handful of spinach, stirring constantly. Once spinach has wilted and oatmeal is cooked, add 3 T of nutritional yeast or your favorite cheese (I recommend this one) and top with a fried egg.

Other optional add-ins: bacon, gomasio, avocado, caramelized onions, red pepper flakes.

(8) Vegan Ice Cream Oatmeal

a.k.a. BPAAD (ahem, breakfast parading around as dessert).

When making protein oatmeal, I use 1 1/2 cups of water per 1/2 cup of oatmeal. While it cooks, add in 1-2 scoop of protein powder, stirring constantly over low heat. Add sweetener of choice, a pinch of salt, splash of vanilla and top with Coconut Bliss Ice Cream and coconut butter.

(7) Pumpkin Gingerbread Chocolate Oats

Another case of BPAAD (see above). It’s 1/2 cup of oatmeal cooked in 1 cup of milk. Add in 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and stevia, then top with a hefty drizzle of sunflower seed butter and broken bits of Theo Gingerbread Chocolate. And drool. Drool lots.

(6) Unexpectedly Delicious Continental Breakfast Oatmeal

There is nothing worse than a paltry continental breakfast. Whether you’re in Hawaii or Middle-of-Nowhere, Wisconsin; continental breakfasts can be the worst. But have no fear, for I have perfected the continental breakfast oatmeal! The magic recipe is: 1 cup of oatmeal (cooked in water), 2 T raisins, 1 T chopped nuts, sprinkle of brown sugar, drizzle of maple syrup, 1/3 of muffin + 1 T of peanut butter. It’s even good enough to recreate at home.

(5) Classic Oatmeal

This is a bowl of oatmeal that has approximately 1,232,987 variations. Most often, my breakfast oatmeal bowls are twist on this recipe: 1/2 cup oats cooked in 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup milk…add 1 small smooshed banana…add a pinch of salt, stevia and cinnamon…mix, mix, mix…top with a blob of jam, blob of nut butter and a small handful of granola.

(4) Strawberry Yoatgurt

I have to admit…this idea is all Janetha’s. Have you checked out her blog? She’s awesome. And short. Anyways, yoatgurt is a mixture of two of my favorite things: yogurt + oatmeal.

To start, cook 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 cup of water + 1 egg whisked in. Add sweetener of choice and a couple of shakes of cinnamon and pour into a bowl. Add a single-serving container of strawberry Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup fresh or defrosted frozen strawberries. Mix and devour. It’s hot…it’s cold…it’s the best of both {oatmeal} worlds.

(3) Pumpkin Oatmeal

A cold weather staple, Pumpkin Oatmeal is warming and spiced to perfection. To make, cook 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk + a pinch of salt over medium-low heat. Add 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, drizzle of agave syrup + pinch of brown sugar, cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice and top with crushed cereal (Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins is a favorite), crushed nuts + a small spoonful of peanut butter.

(2) Banana Split Overnight Oats

This bowl of oatmeal is a revelation. Yes, a revelation. If God could come down from the heavens in the form of food, I am pretty sure this bowl of oatmeal would be it.

It’s another case of BPAAD (notice a pattern?), and I suggest you make it now. Soak 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup milk + 1 T cocoa powder overnight. In the morning, top with 1/2 sliced banana, 1/2 cup strawberries + 1 crumbled dark chocolate muffin. Add a drizzle of peanut butter if you’re feeling frisky. Devour.

(1) Banana Custard Oatmeal

My tried and true favorite oatmeal recipe ever. Make it…like now.

What’s YOUR favorite oatmeal recipe? And remember…sharing is caring!


Jordan Lynn January 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I think pumpkin oatmeal will always be my fav, always.

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oh, sorry, that was the sound of my tummy growling.

p.s. send me a hot bowl of oatmeal right now please and thanks. you can use one of those 3-D food printers. I’ll save it as a PDF.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Gah – this made me wish it was Monday morning already so I could eat bfast. And, Holly, no one should wish it was Monday morning!

lau January 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

6,5,4 and 1 !!!!!!!!

Thanks for the post, it gives me more ideas =) I never thought about using oats with eggs or veggies !

Emily January 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

OMG I’m on an island in Panama now, looking forward to my 8th day in a row of breakfast/lunch/dinner served with fried plantains and fried something else…dying for a big bowl of oats to pair with all this island fruit…love this post.

Hillary January 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Truth be told, your custard oats are one of my faves. So…custardy!

Oats with banana and pumpkin are probably my favorite combo; in fact, I made them for dinner last night. (Yup. I am the girl making oatmeal for dinner on a Saturday night. Jealous? I know).

Danielle January 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Love it! Can you do a readers request on your top 5 easy/ affordable/healthy lunches??

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

My favorite oatmeal is my Pumpkin Bread Protein Oats. SO GOOD!!
I’m definitely going to try some of your recipes!

KatieB January 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for the post (and the shout-out), Holly! You did not disappoint and it was worth the wait!

Jenny January 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

okay, looks like I’m having oats for dinner. Damn, Holly. You’re seriously perfected the art of breakfast. (It is an “art” after all, right?) My oatmeal preparation skills suck. I don’t suppose you have any tips for us lazy gals who prefer to cook their oats in the microwave, do-ya?

Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Mmmmm I love me some oatmeal.

I definitely go boring a lot. My fave is peanut butter and honey on the basic 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water. Simple, easy and oh so yummy.

Callie January 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Holly, thanks for settin up my breakfasts for the next two weeks!
Those gingerbread pumpkin oats look cruelly delicious…

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I love you even more for topping oatmeal with ice cream. Brilliant.

My favorite oats are Sweet Potato Pie Oats:
Or Strawberries and Cream Oats (cottage cheese in it = salty, sweet breakfast heaven):

Nicole January 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I have switched to oat bran as my breakfast hot cereal…add a banana, molasses, chia, almond butter, golden raisins. Yum!

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I eat yoatgurt a few times a week, and I always think of Janetha when I eat it! :) I’ll definitely have to try some of your creations!

Hope things are going well, and have a great week!

Katie January 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

*Sigh* – I wish I liked oatmeal more. It just leaves me sooooo hungry no matter what I do to it. But that DPAAB is right up my ally. They all look delicious!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook January 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

OAT! MEAL! OATMEAL! The perfect food, in every way.

You’ve nailed it again, lady. Just awesome.

Lauren January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Wow, I want them all!!!

Dad January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Classic oatmeal, variation 346,297. I’m too conservative and stay basic! Still luv ya!
Monday morning here I come!

courtney January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

yummy!!!!!! thanks for all the good ideas!!!!

Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

YUM!! I love oatmeal so much – I eat it every morning without fail, but don’t change it up nearly as much as you! Thanks for the great ideas, lady!

Sarah@The Flying ONION January 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

Banana custard oatmeal is my kind of oats! These all look so incredible that I want to have a redo with my breakfast this morning. ;)

Lovely post!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

I typically go with custard oats (from you!) but standard is steel cut oats + nut butter.

BroccoliHut January 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

YUM! All of these look fantastic! I have quite an oatmeal habit myself. My favorites include Carrot Cake Oat Bran, Savory Oats with Fried Egg & Avocado, and good ol’ pumpkin oats.

Sarah January 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Vegan ice cream oatmeal?! I think I know what I’m having for breakfast on my birthday! (Ha! I’m 3 months away and already thinking about that.)

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef January 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I also <3 oatmeal and you are the one who turned me onto custard oats. I make/eat them all the time, especially when I am going rock climbing. They are perfect because they are delicious, hearty, healthy, satisfying, fiber-packed and allow me to climb for a long time without eating more. I top mine with everything and anything :)

Love this post!! Now, if you will excuse me… I need to make some oatmeal for dinner :)

Pure2raw twins January 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

even though we are not huge oatmeal fans seeing these recipes makes us want to whip some up :) they all look so great!

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

I want them. All of them. I’ve never been a huge fan of oats, but you may change my mind!

Garet January 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

No way I should have read this before lunch.

janetha January 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Yoats! Holla. I tried to play the word “yoats” in words with friends and got rejected. Dude, I forgot how much I love savory oats. Thanks for the reminder!

Marci January 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yum I tagged to come back to. I want to try savory oats, always been scared. I love overnight oats anytime of the year. I don’t like the mess that hot oatmeal makes, and it takes a while in the morning! If I plan ahead, sometimes I might make it the night before and eat it cold the next morning. It is usually too hot for me anyway in the mornings!

Christine January 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Bless you! I have tons of oats in my cupboard and but had completely lost my motivation/creativity. My passion is renewed! I especially love the egg suggestion – oatmeal doesn’t always leave me full as long as I would like it to, especially if I go sweet with it. Custard oats for the WIN!

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