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18 Easy & Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

If you love oatmeal, this post is for you! Here is a round-up of my favorite Easy and Healthy Oatmeal Recipes. From yummy oatmeal bars to overnight oats to energy balls, I’ve found the best ways to enjoy one of my favorite superfoods.

The Best Easy Oatmeal Recipes

This oatmeal post holds a very special place in my heart! I have worked on countless oatmeal recipes for you all and each and every one of them is special to me. I’m proud of these recipes because they’re incredibly nutritious, so easy to make, and there is literally something for everyone!

Oatmeal is one of those ingredients that I always have in the pantry because it’s the ultimate superfood ingredient that comes to the rescue for me time after time. And here’s why:

When someone in the house is craving cookies – I’ll grab the oatmeal. When someone is feeling a little hungry and needs an energy boost? I’ll make some oatmeal energy balls. And when I know we’re going to be running out the door the next morning with no time for breakfast – overnight oats it is!

There is nothing oatmeal can’t do and I’m here to share some of my absolute favorite easy and healthy oatmeal recipes. I can’t wait to hear which ones are your favorite!

What are the Benefits of Eating Oatmeal?

First, it’s important to understand exactly WHAT oatmeal is. Oats are a whole grain food and in its pure state (which is what most of my recipes call for) it’s gluten-free. So not only is it great for those with food sensitivities or allergies, but it’s also a great item to grab when you’re avoiding gluten for other dietary needs.

Aside from being a great gluten-free food option, oatmeal has many other health benefits:

  • It can help lower blood sugar. And this is especially helpful for those with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Eat oatmeal is a good source of fiber. Which helps you feel full longer and makes you less likely to overindulge. Also, they’re a healthy source of carbs (which is why oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice!).
  • It may decrease the risk of childhood asthma. This one surprised me, too, but it’s an incredibly useful fact when I’m constantly around little kiddos who are striving to eat healthy diets! I love knowing these little facts about food that I can share with other families.
  • Oatmeal is a great source of nutrients. Oatmeal has a ton of nutrients including iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Types of Oatmeal

Did you know there are different kinds of oats? And not all of them are interchangeable! So it’s always very important to check the recipe and grab the right kind of oats.

  • Steel-Cut Oats: These oats are coarse bits of oatmeal that haven’t been overly processed. The important thing to know about this type of oats is that they are going to have more bite to them and they don’t work for all recipes.
  • Rolled Oats: This is the most common type of oats and I use them a lot in my oatmeal recipes. I love them because of their versatility, they’re easy to find and affordable. Rolled oats are great to use in cookies, bars, granola, overnight oats, and so much more. Start with these delicious Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars if you’ve never baked with oats before.
  • Quick-Cooking Oats: Quick-cooking oats are very similar to rolled oats, but when they are processed they are rolled to be just a little bit thinner. So they do cook quicker and will be much softer when you cook them.
  • Instant Oats: This is the box that you’re used to (Apple Cinnamon Quaker Oats, anyone?!). While these pre-sweetened and flavored fast-cooking oats were a childhood favorite, I much prefer my made-from-scratch Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Grain Bowl!
  • Ground Oats: This is one of my favorite baking hacks! If I’m ever out of all-purpose flour or I want to make a recipe gluten-free, I use ground oats instead. Just put your regular rolled oats in a food processor and blend until you have oat flour. Then you can use it as you would regular flour. I love to use it in my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe sometimes (a little birdy told me that using ground oats was the secret to Mrs. Fields’ cookies!).

How to Store Oatmeal

It’s always important to properly store your oats so that they stay fresh and free of any contaminants.

Storing Uncooked Oats

Store uncooked oats like steel, rolled, or quick-cooking oats in an airtight container placed in a cool and dry space. I don’t recommend storing them in the fridge because you don’t want them to be exposed to any extra moisture.

Storing Cooked Oats

Always refer to each recipe, but I recommend that you store any cooked oats in the fridge. You can also put some cooked oatmeal recipes in the freezer (like cookies and bars).

My Top 18 Healthy and Delicious Oatmeal Recipes

And we’re off! Scroll below to see the many ways that you can cook with oatmeal and have incredible results.

a jar spilling granola onto a blue table setting

Homemade Almond Joy Granola

This Homemade Almond Joy Granola is made in just 30 minutes! This stuff is like candy – it’s so addicting, you’ll want to eat it every morning for breakfast!

a waffle with berry compote on top on a white plate

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Waffles with Strawberry Vanilla Compote

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Waffles are a delicious start to the morning, and they’re perfectly complemented with a fresh strawberry vanilla bean compote.

a plate of banana bread oatmeal energy balls

No Bake Banana Bread Energy Balls

Easy Banana Bread Energy Balls that taste just like a slice of your favorite banana bread. Made with 8 ingredients, filled with nutrients, and high in protein – these no bake energy bites are a must make sweet treat snack!

a bowl of oatmeal protein balls on a countertop

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls

An easy and healthy snack or on-the-go breakfast option filled with hearty oats, maple syrup, and sweet raisins. These No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls taste just like an oatmeal cookie!

a skillet with raspberry peach cobbler and oatmeal crumble with ice cream on the side

Raspberry Peach Cobbler with Oatmeal Crumble

This sweet and delicious Raspberry Peach Cobbler for two is made with a crunchy oatmeal pecan crumble. It’s the perfect date night dessert recipe!

a large skillet cookie with ice cream on top and drizzle of chocolate sauce

Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

Chocolately, gooey, and delicious Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies made with a few secret ingredients to make this version lighter. You may fall in love!

oatmeal cookies with cranberries and pistachios

Soft & Chewy Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Soft Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with a hint of cinnamon. These delicious oatmeal cookies are packed with sweet & salty cranberries and pistachios, guaranteed to be a favorite!

oatmeal bars with slices of banana on top and drizzle of peanut butter and blueberries

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

This Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast that will keep you full all morning! Make a batch on Sunday for a quick breakfast all week long!

a bowl of oatmeal with raspberry jam and berries on top

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal

This Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Recipe is high in protein and fiber, and it’s made in less than 10 minutes! This easy oatmeal recipe makes the perfect healthy breakfast!

a bowl with baked oatmeal, chocolate chips, and drizzle of peanut butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal is a healthy and convenient breakfast that tastes like cake! It’s easy to make and can be customized with your favorite oatmeal flavors.

blueberry oatmeal bars

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

A tangy blueberry filling is sandwiched between two crispy layers of oat crumble in this easy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Your obsession with Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Bars will begin as soon as you smell them baking!

banana bread and chocolate chip oatmeal bars cut up on parchment paper

Baked Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Baked Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars – loaded with nutritious oats and naturally sweetened with bananas and maple. These baked oatmeal bars make a delicious healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.

cut up strawberry oatmeal bars on a marble countertop

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Made with fresh, juicy strawberries and a buttery crumble topping, these easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are a crave-worthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Each bar contains only 132 calories!

a mason jar with peanut butter overnight oats and strawberry garnish

Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

How to make Creamy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with only 6 ingredients! These healthy overnight oats are naturally sweetened with banana and pack a nutrient punch to keep you full, kick start your metabolism and burn calories!

a mason jar with almonds, strawberries, chocolate shavings, and peanut butter drizzle

Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats

Made with old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, sliced almonds, and more, this Creamy Vanilla Almond Overnight Oatmeal is a protein-packed breakfast that will bless your busy mornings! It’s very easy to make with no cooking or baking involved.

top view of chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats with peanut butter drizzle and chopped chocolate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Made with creamy peanut butter, cocoa powder, and just a few other ingredients, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a quick, healthy, and easy breakfast with virtually no prep required. Just combine the ingredients and chill overnight. Perfect for busy mornings!

two jars of protein overnight oats with banana and strawberry garnish on a wooden cutting board

Protein Overnight Oats

These Protein Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast when you want something healthy, filling, and easy to make.

twice baked sweet potatoes with oatmeal pecan topping

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel

Oatmeal doesn’t always have to be for breakfast! Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel is a healthy alternative to that Sweet Potato Casserole.

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