Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes + Recipe Round Up!

Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes + Recipe Round Up!

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We LOVE oats. Take a peek at our recipes, and you will quickly see our obsession, which is luckily a healthy one! We thought we would share some healthy oatmeal breakfast recipes written by the To Taste team and some of our other registered dietitian friends, but first, let’s talk a little about oats!

Are Oats Healthy?

Oats are a whole grain, and according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should make half of your grains whole.

When comparing whole grains to their refined counterparts, it’s easy to see the nutritional advantage. There are 3 parts of a whole grain: the bran, endosperm, and germ. The bran contains fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The germ contains healthy fats, B vitamins, some protein, and minerals. The endosperm contains mostly carbohydrates, along with some protein and trace vitamins and minerals (1). 

When a whole grain is refined, the bran and germ are removed. What is left? Or more importantly, what was removed? To sum it up simply – all of the healthy stuff. Manufacturers enrich refined grains, adding back some of the vitamins and minerals that were lost, but not all of them. The fiber, phytochemicals, and healthy fats? Kiss them good-bye (1)!

At To Taste, we stress the importance of healthy whole foods for a reason; your body prefers food in its natural form, and whole grains are no exception. 

Health Benefits of Oats and Other Whole Grains

Whole grains have numerous health benefits. Like fruits and vegetables, they are full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber that help fight disease. 

Health benefits include:

Reduced risk of:

  • Stroke (2)
  • Heart disease (3, 4, 5
  • Type 2 diabetes (5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Colon cancer (9, 10, 11)
  • Weight maintenance (12, 13)
  • Reduced inflammation (5, 13)

Types of Oats

For most of our recipes, we rely on old fashioned or rolled oats. We like their texture, versatility, and quick cooking time. Other varieties of oats include: whole oat groats, steel cut oats, scottish oatmeal, quick or instant oats, and oat flour. To learn more about these varieties, visit the Whole Grains Council website

Pantry Staple Ingredients for Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

Regardless of the style or form of the healthy oatmeal breakfast recipe, there are definitely some common ingredients that frequently accompany the oats. Keep these ingredients on hand, so that you will have what you need to make a variety of oatmeal recipes whenever you want!

  • Nuts, nut butters, and seeds
  • Dried and fresh fruit
  • Sweetener: honey, maple syrup, brown sugar
  • Milk or milk alternative
  • Flavor extracts, such as vanilla, coconut, or almond

Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes by To Taste

These aren’t your traditional stovetop oatmeal recipes; instead, here are some tasty breakfast ideas that feature the goodness of oats. If you want a basic warm oatmeal recipe, read our Make Your Own Healthy Cereal article!

Here are some of our favorite easy recipes with oats:

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

Baked Oatmeal Cups Base Recipe

Energy Bites Base Recipe

Granola Base Recipe

Did you know that you can even add oats to smoothies? Try it out by making our Strawberry Kefir Smoothie with Oats!

We also asked our RD community to share some of their favorite healthy oatmeal breakfast recipes.

Here are 18 dietitian-approved oatmeal recipes:

Stovetop & Microwave

Slow Cooker & Instant Pot

Savory

We hope that you find oatmeal recipes that are satisfying and delicious. What other fun ways do you like to use oats? Let us know in the comments section below!

To YOUR Taste,

Chef V

Vahista Ussery, MS, MBA, RDN

Vahista Ussery, MS, MBA, RDN

Chef Vahista is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Chef. She is one of the founders of To Taste and is passionate about educating individuals and communities about nutrition principles and culinary skills.

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