9 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes to Start Your Day with Whole Grains

These healthy morning meals made with oats—plus other grains such as quinoa, farro, and other multigrains—will help you start your day off right.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa
Photo: Andy Lyons

A hearty bowl of healthy oatmeal is always a great choice to start your day right. A whole-grain breakfast like this provides an excellent source of antioxidants, supports a healthy gut, and is full of fiber to help you feel full until lunchtime. Here you'll find our favorite healthy oatmeal recipes for a flavorful morning meal. We also provide some other breakfast grain bowls beyond oats including farro, quinoa, and more healthy whole grains.

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Oatmeal 4 Ways

four bowls of oatmeal with various fruits and nut toppings
Jason Donnelly

Keep this healthy oatmeal recipe on hand and you'll never have a boring breakfast again. Start with our basic 3-ingredient healthy oatmeal that consists of rolled oats, water or milk, and a dash of salt. From there, choose whatever healthy oatmeal toppings and mix-ins you like. We've got variations for apricot-walnut, banana-pecan, blueberry-almond, and strawberry-peanut butter.

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Spiced Apple Berry Oatmeal

Spiced Apple Berry Oatmeal
Jason Donnelly

This healthy oatmeal recipe features steel-cut oats, which are coarser and have a chewier texture than rolled oats. They can promote good heart health and are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. Here, we've naturally sweetened the pot of healthy oatmeal with apples and berries.

03 of 09

Stovetop Savory Ham and Veggie Oatmeal

Stovetop Savory Ham and Veggie Oatmeal
Jacob Fox

Not feeling like the usual maple oatmeal? Try this savory healthy oatmeal recipe instead. Steel-cut oats get a cheesy twist with the addition of shredded cheddar. Paired with ham and plenty of fresh veggies, you'll definitely be energized until lunchtime arrives.

04 of 09

Maple and Cranberry Farro Cereal

Maple and Cranberry Farro Cereal
Blaine Moats

Chewy, slightly nutty farro is rich in magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins. It's often served in savory form as a side for lunch or dinner, but it is equally delish enjoyed sweet as a breakfast grain. Prep this slow cooker breakfast recipe the night before for an easy healthy breakfast bowl to start the day.

05 of 09

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal with raisins and apricots
Kritsada Panichgul

This slow cooker healthy oatmeal recipe is a great way to allow the family to enjoy breakfast at their own pace. Set out an assortment of healthy oatmeal toppings (we like dried fruit, nuts, and a splash of milk) and let everyone create their own delicious bowl of healthy oatmeal. For inspiration, try one of the 10 flavor variations.

06 of 09

Toasted Oat Muesli with Banana

Toasted Oat Muesli
Jason Donnelly

Healthy oatmeal recipes don't have to always be about the warm grain bowl. This top-rated homemade cereal comes together in just 25 minutes and lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Enjoy with your favorite milk or nondairy milk.

07 of 09

Hot Grains Power Bowl

Hot Grains Power Bowl
Andy Lyons

Say goodbye to boring breakfasts with this delicious healthy oatmeal recipe that also happens to be dairy-free. Shredded carrot, dried apricots, orange zest, and warm spices combine to make a rich and satisfying, yet super healthy breakfast. It's a 15-minute recipe that is worth adding to your daily morning lineup.

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Ginger-Sesame Oats with Mushrooms and Charred Green Onions

Ginger-Sesame Oats with Mushrooms and Charred Green Onions in white bowl with spoon
Andy Lyons

Here's a hot new take on healthy oatmeal. Steel-cut oats are cooked in broth to achieve a deeper flavor. Topped with a sautéed blend of mushrooms, ginger, and green onions, you'll never think of oatmeal as plain again.

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Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

Fruit Nut Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Andy Lyons

This healthy oatmeal recipe is all about convenience. Whip up the easy muffin tin recipe and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, all you have to do is microwave an oatmeal cup for a couple of minutes.

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