Our Best Oatmeal Recipes

Banish breakfast boredom with a tasty bowl of cholesterol-lowering oatmeal. These delightful and surprising oatmeal recipes are low in fat, calories, and sodium and ensure that you'll never have a dull morning.

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Oatmeal Toppers

    Knock out your fiber needs with cholesterol-lowering oatmeal! Just one serving of oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) has 2 grams of soluble fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 grams or more of soluble fiber daily decreases your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

    We've got tasty ways to get your day started right by enjoying high-fiber oatmeal. For each bowl, start with 1/2 cup of instant or dry oatmeal. Cook according to package directions, then add our delicious themed toppings.

    Read on for the oatmeal recipes, plus bonus recipes featuring heart-healthy oats.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

    You'll definitely love the pumpkin flavor in this sweet bowl of oatmeal.

    2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
    1 tablespoon pumpkin butter
    1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    Nutrition: 137 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 44 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 2 g fiber, 4 g pro.

Cheesy Hash Brown Oatmeal

    This recipe is a staff favorite! The oats blend right in with the hash browns for a south-of-the-border taste.

    1/4 cup cooked hash brown potatoes
    2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1 tablespoon salsa

    Nutrition: 244 cal., 11 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 13 mg chol., 310 mg sodium, 29 g carb., 3 g fiber, 8 g pro.

Tropical Coconut Oatmeal

    Get whisked away to the tropics with a bet-you-never-tried-it combo of flavors in this oatmeal.

    1 tablespoon macadamia nuts, chopped
    2 tablespoons toasted, shredded coconut
    2 tablespoons dried pineapple

    Nutrition: 262 cal., 13 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 54 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

    Think hot cocoa mix only goes a mug? We've re-envisioned it as an oatmeal topper.

    1 tablespoon instant hot cocoa mix
    2 tablespoons mini marshmallows

    Nutrition: 221 cal., 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 156 mg sodium, 44 g carb., 3 g fiber, 5 g pro.

Bacon & Salsa Oatmeal

    This oatmeal recipe proves that you can still enjoy bacon on a heart-healthy diet if you eat it in moderation.

    1 strip chopped, cooked bacon
    2 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
    2 tablespoons diced tomato
    1 tablespoon sliced green onion

    Nutrition: 172 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 17 mg chol., 295 mg sodium, 16 g carb., 2 g fiber, 10 g pro.

Blueberry Nut Oatmeal

    No pancakes here! Transition traditional flapjack toppers into oatmeal flavor-boosters.

    1/4 cup blueberries
    1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Nutrition: 204 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 7 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.

Apple Crisp Oatmeal

    Crisp apples, granola, and almonds put bite in your oatmeal bowl.

    1/2 cup chopped apple
    2 tablespoons low-fat granola
    1 tablespoon chopped almonds
    1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice

    Nutrition: 200 cal., 6 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 40 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 5 g fiber, 6 g pro.

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

    A dab of peanut butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips are all you need to jazz up your oatmeal.

    1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
    1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

    Nutrition: 257 cal., 14 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 78 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 3 g fiber, 8 g pro.

Turtle Sundae Oatmeal

    Pure indulgence, this sweet treat hardly seems like another boring oatmeal breakfast.

    1/4 cup fat-free whipped dessert topping
    2 tablespoons pecans
    1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel dessert topping

    Nutrition: 252 cal., 12 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 45 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.

Trail Mix Oatmeal

    Bring trail mix to your breakfast table by tossing the grab-and-go bits on your oatmeal.

    2 tablespoons mix dried fruit bits
    2 tablespoons dry-roasted mixed nuts
    1 tablespoon flaxseed

    Nutrition: 276 cal., 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 18 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 6 g fiber, 8 g pro.

    Can't get enough oats? Read on for even more recipes that use this heart-smart whole grain.

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

    Tired of oatmeal by the bowl? Use up your supply of oats in these fiber-filled recipes that you can enjoy by yourself or make for a crowd.

    This banana oat cookie helps you feel satisfied with its hearty oats, sweet mashed bananas, and filling peanut butter.

Pineapple-Pear Crisp

    A hearty measure of oats go into this divine dessert that features another high-fiber treat -- pears.

Cherry Bars

    Crunchy oats mingle with chopped pecans in a tasty bar that comes in at less than 150 calories per serving.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

    If a recipe has "crisp" in its name, there's a good chance that oats are inside. This rich treat calls for just nine ingredients.

Apple-Cranberry Crisp

    The sweet tastes of fall can be yours year-round with easy-to-find apples and fresh or frozen cranberries.

Ginger-Pear Dessert

    Oats, brown sugar, sliced almonds, and sliced pears may be expected in this dessert, but we bet you'll be surprised by the addition of orange juice and crystallized ginger.

Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    Serve these oat-topped pumpkin treats in their own ramekins for a sophisticated way to get more fiber.

Fresh Fruit Pizza

    Can't spot the oats in these fruit pizzas? Neither will a picky eater. They're blended into the crust, along with flour, sugar, and flaxseeds.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    We've snuck a handful of heart-healthy ingredients into these reader-favorite cookies, including oats, dark chocolate, and soft tofu.


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