By Sarah Sarway
Oats are one of the best breakfast foods available to healthy eaters. They’re heart-healthy and filling and are packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
One thing you might not know about the famed affordable food, though? They work really well with a myriad of different flavors and ingredients that go beyond the standard breakfast bowl.
Oats—rolled or steel-cut—can be blended or baked, turned into bread or muffins, and even make for a great way to coat and pan-fry your favorite proteins (see ya later, breadcrumbs).
Here, we share some of our favorite next-level, sweet and savory ways to use that bulk bin tub you brought home.
17 Creative Oat Recipes
Vegan Peach Oat Smoothie
The chia seeds add an extra healthy punch to Minimalist Baker’s travel-friendly recipe.
(Photo: Minimalist Baker)
Sunrise Mango Oatmeal
The flavors of the coconut, mango, and macadamia nut offer a taste of summer vacation.
Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Hummusapien eats these as-is for breakfast or topped with some ice cream as dessert.
Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal
Give Reese’s Cereal a run for its money.
Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Running With Spoons uses equal parts oat and whole wheat flour to get the perfect consistency.
(Photo: Running With Spoons)
Sprinkle on top of your favorite yogurt or enjoy in a bowl with your favorite nut milk.
Oatmeal Superfood Breakfast Bars
With 11 grams of protein, these bars by A Healthy Life For Me are the perfect pre-workout snack.
(Photo: A Healthy Life for Me)
Raspberry Oat Smoothie
This kefir-based recipe will keep you full all morning long.
No-Bread Oatmeal French Toast
An easy and fast spin on the brunch staple with ingredients you probably have on-hand.
(Photo: Oatmeal with a Fork)
3-Ingredient Oatmeal Pizza Crust
Top Shook the Cook’s crust with whatever veggies, sauce, and cheese you have on hand.
(Photo: Shook the Cook)
Savory Spanish Oatmeal
A hearty dinner option with over 19 grams of protein, inspired by Destination Delish’s travels through Spain.
(Photo: Destination Delish)
Savory Spinach Cauliflower Oatmeal
One taste and you’ll see why The Every Kitchen prefers her oats with veggies instead of fruit.
(Photo: The Every Kitchen)
Savory Mushroom and Herb Steel Cut Oat Risotto
If you’re a mushroom-lover like Foxes Loves Lemons, this one’s for you.
(Photo: Foxes Love Lemons)
Parmesan Oat Crusted Chicken
A yummy, nutritious alternative to fried chicken by The Yummy Life.
(Photo: The Yummy Life)
Vegetarian Oatmeal Patties
ifoodreal likes to top these with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce.
Quinoa Oat Bread
Edible Perspective offers up both sweet and savory ways to make this flatbread.
(Photo: Edible Perspective)
Savory Oatmeal with Poached Eggs and Goat Cheese
For the perfect poach, Healthy Nibbles and Bits suggests cooking the eggs for three minutes, max.
(Photo: Healthy Nibbles and Bits)
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