Our Best Oatmeal Recipes to Start Your Day with a Healthy Dose of Whole Grains

Baked Hummingbird Oatmeal
Photo: Carson Downing

There's no need to start your day with a plain bowl of oatmeal. With these delicious oatmeal recipes, you'll never get bored of eating your daily dose of whole grains. We've got some sweet and savory takes on oatmeal breakfast recipes including baked oatmeal recipes, slow cooker oatmeal, and more. Of course, there are tons of delicious toppers and swirl-ins to keep the flavors and textures exciting.

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Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Kritsada Panichgul

Make your breakfast ahead of time and savor your morning instead of rushing. Just toss the ingredients in the slow cooker and simmer until tender and delicious for an easy oatmeal recipe that will have everyone swarming to the kitchen as soon as the alarm clocks ring.

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Orange-Honey Overnight Oats

Orange-Honey Overnight Oats
Helen Norman

Start with basic overnight oats, then upgrade them with flaked coconut, honey, and orange zest. Before serving, customize your oatmeal any way you want with toppers like strawberry preserves, snipped thyme (we promise, it's good), or fresh berries.

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Oatmeal with Sunny-Side Up Eggs, Avocado, Cheddar, and Chives

Oatmeal Sunny-Side Up Eggs Avocado Cheddar Chives
Blaine Moats

Change things up by making a savory oatmeal recipe (that's full of protein!) for breakfast. Rolled oats make the perfect base for a sunny-side-up egg, sliced avocado, and cheddar cheese. This is one breakfast that's sure to keep you satisfied until lunch.

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Baked Hummingbird Oatmeal

Baked Hummingbird Oatmeal
Carson Downing

Satisfy your sweet tooth in the morning with this delicious baked oatmeal recipe that tastes like a classic hummingbird cake, but with a twist. The rolled oats are infused with bananas, brown sugar, and cinnamon before being topped with coconut and baked. Sweet pineapple completes the oatmeal's signature cake flavor.

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Chai Apple Oatmeal

Chai Apple Oatmeal
Blaine Moats

Skip the stove—these rich oats simmer in your slow cooker in a mixture of coconut milk, chai tea, and applesauce. The result is a healthy, cozy fall meal you'll crave all season. Just stir in chopped apple slices and honey before serving.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker ($20, Walmart)

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Pressure Cooker Multigrain Honey-Almond Breakfast Cereal

Pressure Cooker Multigrain Honey-Almond Breakfast Cereal
Andy Lyons

This Instant Pot oatmeal recipe is proof your trusty pressure cooker is great for every meal of the day. To really amp up your whole-grain intake, we go beyond just oats and add barley, brown rice, corn grits, and millet. In less than 30 minutes, you'll have a hearty grain bowl ready to top with your favorite fruits.

Buy It: Instant Pot Duo Plus ($80, Target)

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Swiss Oatmeal

Swiss Oatmeal
Andy Lyons

We use yogurt and milk to cool down oatmeal's usual temperature in this recipe, making it a wonderful oatmeal option for hot summer days. Try topping with almonds and fruit to add an extra boost of flavor to this dish. Bonus: You can make this oatmeal in advance and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days to ensure you'll have a satisfying breakfast on busy mornings.

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Blackberry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal

Blackberry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

Overnight oats are the easiest way to ensure a great start to your morning. Mix with a few ingredients the night before, pop them in the fridge overnight, and then just open and enjoy in the morning. Our Test Kitchen combined fresh blackberries, peach preserves, and crystallized ginger in this easy oatmeal recipe to remind you of summer no matter what time of year you enjoy them.

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Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

Fruit Nut Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Andy Lyons

With 30-plus five-star reviews, this oatmeal recipe is about to make your mornings a whole lot easier. Use your muffin tin to make perfectly portioned cups of oatmeal. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months and simply pop one in the microwave for a hot breakfast in minutes.

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Oatmeal with Goat Cheese, Dates, Walnuts, and Honey

Oatmeal Goat Cheese Dates Walnuts Honey
Blaine Moats

Make your morning oatmeal a Mediterranean treat. Goat cheese, dates, and toasted walnuts make the perfect sweet-tangy combo. Done in just 15 minutes, this rich oatmeal is sure to become a breakfast favorite.

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Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

With a little help from overnight oats, you can enjoy a version of your favorite spring cake for breakfast. Just mix in a few ingredients (Greek yogurt, shredded carrots, and maple syrup), refrigerate, and enjoy the next morning.

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Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Baked Oatmeal Fresh Fruit Chai Apple Oatmeal
Jason Donnelly

Easy to make, yet packed with flavor, this baked oatmeal recipe is one to remember. Prep the sweet fruit and oat mixture (with both rolled oats and steel-cut oats) up to 24 hours in advance to let chill in the fridge. Once baked, serve with a dollop of yogurt and extra fruit of your choice.

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Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal

Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal
Kritsada Panichgul

This stove top oatmeal recipe is proof that pumpkin is perfect all year long. It's high in beta-carotene, an important antioxidant for your heart and body. Top with some toasted cinnamon-sugar pumpkin seeds for extra crunch.

Buy It: Cuisinart Saucepan ($20, Target)

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Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal with Pears

Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal Pears
Andy Lyons

Jump-start your day by sitting down to this hearty and delicious easy oatmeal recipe. The steel-cut oats will fill you up and keep you going throughout the morning. Look for them near the old-fashioned oats in your grocery store. Opt for five-spice powder instead of cinnamon for a unique flavor.

Buy It: Chinese Five Spice ($8, The Spice House)

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Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge

Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge
Andy Lyons

This whole-grain mix of steel-cut oats, cracked wheat, brown rice, barley, millet, and cornmeal adds plenty of nutrients (and variety) to your usual breakfast. Add in dried fruit, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and toasted pecans for a pleasant crunch and extra flavor.

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