15 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes to Start Your Day with Whole Grains

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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Blackberry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal

Blackberry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

When you need a quick and healthy breakfast on the go, opt for overnight oats. This healthy oatmeal recipe combines fresh berries, peach or apricot preserves, ginger, milk, and yogurt with oats for a sweet treat to start your day. Add a spoonful of chia seeds or flaxseed for extra nutritional benefits.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa
Andy Lyons

While oats are gluten-free by nature, they can often become contaminated when processed in facilities with wheat products. So if you don't have a certified gluten-free bag of oats on hand, you can still enjoy a whole-grain, gluten-free breakfast thanks to quinoa. Filled with PB&J-inspired flavor, you'll have a delicious and healthy grain bowl ready in 20 minutes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Breakfast Polenta Five Ways

Breakfast Polenta Five Ways

Soft and creamy polenta might seem like an ingredient that belongs on the dinner menu, but we promise it's just as tasty served as a healthy breakfast bowl. Go sweet or savory with our variations for the breakfast grain including veggie, bacon-tomato, and pear-cranberry.

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Pressure Cooker Multigrain Honey-Almond Breakfast Cereal

Pressure Cooker Multigrain Honey-Almond Breakfast Cereal
Andy Lyons

With five different types of grains (steel cut oats, brown rice, barley, grits, and millet) involved, you'll score the jackpot of healthy breakfast grains. And while those whole grains usually take a bit of time to cook, your trusty pressure cooker or multicooker makes easy work of the job by getting them cooked to perfection in less than 30 minutes.

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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.

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Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Baked Oatmeal Fresh Fruit Chai Apple Oatmeal
Jason Donnelly

This healthy baked oatmeal is a tasty way to up your whole grain intake. A bit of brown sugar and applesauce added to the mix create the perfect warm fall flavor. Bonus: You can easily prep this healthy oatmeal up to 24 hours in advance so all you'll have to do is bake it in the morning.

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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.

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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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Maple-Pecan Breakfast Porridge

Maple-Pecan Breakfast Porridge
Andy Lyons

Utilize those freshly-picked apples on the counter to make this delicious healthy grain bowl for breakfast. Cracked wheat gets a sweet and nutty flavor from maple syrup and pecans. Enjoy with a spoonful of yogurt for a creamy finish.

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