Best Oatmeal Recipes

Do you ever feel like it’s hard to eat healthy in the fall? There’s so much pumpkin spice everywhere and lattes and baking and tailgating. Throw in a dose of lack of time and fatigue from new fall schedules, school pick-ups and drop-offs, and all of a sudden it becomes very hard to win at good eating. I’m in that boat right now. I’ve got a preschooler and a newborn, and somedays I can’t even remember what I ate. I want to do better at healthy, whole, clean eating, but to do that is going to take more planning and more prep.

That’s why I’ve been trying out these new oatmeal recipes.

Whether it’s overnight oats that I can just grab out of the fridge for breakfast or healthy oatmeal cookies that I can eat as a snack with afternoon coffee, the following recipes have become a staple in our household.

1) Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Ok, I know I gave a dig to pumpkin spice, but these overnight oats are really tasty and they just feel like fall with each bite. I love the no hassle of this recipe – no cooking, baking, chopping. Just pour all the ingredients into one bowl, and the best part is that you can toss the mix into individual mason jars so that each family member can grab his/her own in the morning. No fighting over portions! 

2) Baked Oatmeal

So, this one here is my three-year-old’s absolute favorite form of oatmeal. It has a different texture, it’s thick, warm and delicious. Oh, heavens, I think I want some right now. Since you bake it, it’s also a “fancier” version of oatmeal, so it is great to serve for out of town guests. They’ll be very impressed by the presentation of it and the taste. 

3) Chai Spiced Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I love chai and I love steel cut oats. They’re healthier for you than old-fashioned oats. So, you could use that for any of these recipes. Making food in slow cookers is super easy (when you’re a mom, anything “no fuss” is best), and you get the bonus of making your whole house smell like spiced chai. Win. Win. 

4) Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Cups 

That’s just a fancy name for oatmeal muffins. I like this option ‘cuz sometimes you need to just grab and go with food. Running late for school? Trying to rock baby to sleep, but you need a snack? Boom. Problem solved. Healthy muffins are saving my life these days. 

5) Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

You always need at least one cookie recipe, right? We all have cookie cravings now and then, and it’s nice to be able to indulge that craving, while not feeling super guilty as well. This recipe may do the trick. And if you want to go even healthier, try substituting the brown sugar with coconut sugar. 

Have you tried any of these? What are your go-to oatmeal recipes? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Michelle Reyes
Michelle Ami Reyes (PhD) is a midwest gal at heart, who loves all things football, BBQ, and a really good pair of boots. Having lived in Austin for over 9 years now, she keeps her days busy as a homeschool mom of two and as a cultural intelligence coach. When she's not doing consultant work (or is knee-deep in art projects and history lessons about ancient empires), you can find her reading an epic fantasy novel, doing ridiculously hard puzzles, or cheering on the Vikings. Follow her on Instagram at @michelleamireyes.


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