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Breakfast Re-Imagined: 20 Ways to Serve Oatmeal! + Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Whether you realize it or not, January is National Oatmeal Month! (I found that out when I was researching for my January Holidays post.) Since I was already planning to write about oatmeal this month, it works in my favor . . . hopefully lots of people will be searching for oatmeal recipes and new ways to serve oatmeal.

Baked Oatmeal Recipe


My kids have eaten their way through hundreds of pounds of oatmeal in their lifetime! I buy rolled oats in 25# bags, and serve oatmeal for breakfast a couple times a week. Oatmeal is inexpensive, filling and easy.

No one has questioned oatmeal’s frequent presence at breakfast . . . until recently. Apparently they’ve reached their quota and would rather oatmeal didn’t show up for breakfast anymore.

Since oatmeal is inexpensive, filling and easy, I don’t really want to figure out how to replace it! Instead I’ve tried to re-imagine it and figure out new ways to serve oatmeal.

Here’s my standard way of preparing oatmeal as well as a bunch of serving possibilities.

Best Way to Prepare Oatmeal
  • Mix 1 cup rolled or steel cut oats in 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons yogurt, kefir, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
  • Allow to soak overnight – anywhere from 7-24 hours.
  • In the morning, bring 1 cup water to a boil and add a dash of salt.
  • Carefully stir in soaked oats.
  • Return to boiling, turn heat to low and cook, stirring often for 5-10 minutes.

It takes 2 cups of oatmeal soaked and cooked to feed my crew of 5, ages 4-10. I usually cook raisins with the oats and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Ways To Serve Oatmeal

1.  Add raisins during cooking (makes the raisins nice and juicy!)

2.  Sweeten with maple syrup

3.  Top with vanilla ice cream 🙂

4.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips and shredded coconut

5.  Add sliced bananas and chopped walnuts or pecans

6.  Cook with diced apples or pears and cinnamon

7.  Drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce

8.  Top with freeze-dried raspberries

9.  Cook in coconut milk rather than water

10.  Make Oatcakes (this is one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts)

11.  Serve baked oatmeal (recipe below)

12.  Add frozen blueberries and pour on a little milk or cream (the cooling factor is a bonus!)

13.  Use leftover oatmeal this muffin recipe from Playing With Flour (Either rolled or steel cut oatmeal works.)

14.  Put a spoonful of apple butter on top.

15.  Stir in chopped dried fruit – dates, apricots, cranberries, figs, cherries

16.  Top with plain yogurt and drizzle with honey

17.  Mix in a spoonful each of peanut butter and jelly

18.  Try steel cut oats instead of rolled oats (this is my personal favorite when topped with butter, maple syrup and raspberries – YUM!)

19.  Cook it in the crockpot (still working out a great recipe, though I have discovered that steel cut oats work best)

20.  Make homemade granola (I hope to share our best recipe soon.)

Soaked Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Soaked Baked Oatmeal
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup full fat plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar, rapadura, sucanat or honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  1. The evening before you want to serve, mix oats, yogurt and water in a 7x11 glass pan. (An 8x8 pan works also, just bake a little longer.) Cover and allow to soak overnight on the counter.
  2. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to soaked oats and mix well.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool, cut and serve.
  6. We like ours topped with a spoonful of homemade apple butter or freezer jam.
To make things quicker in the morning I measure out all the ingredients the evening before and pour them on top of the soaking oats. All I have to do when I get up is mix it up and stick it in the oven. If you have an oven that lets you set it to come on at a certain time, do that in the evening as well.



For a real treat, try this dairy free Pineapple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal from Swirls and Spice.


What’s YOUR favorite way to eat oatmeal?


Shared on: Modest Monday, Homemaking Mondays, Tuesday Talk, Work in Progress Wednesday, Coffee and Conversation, Women With Intention, Raising Homemakers, Foodie Friday, Fellowship Friday, Real Food Fridays, Kitchen Dreaming, Saturday Soiree and Savoring Saturdays.

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  1. We eat oatmeal for breakfast every other day. Half of us prefer rolled oats and the other half prefer soaked steel cut oats.

    I serve it with my homemade pancake sauce (recipe on my blog, if you’re interested). It’s so buttery and caramel-ly that it almost seems like dessert rather than breakfast. I add Craisins, raisins, fresh or dried apples, and cinnamon. YUM!

  2. I love all these options! I’m sure my kids will be grateful for this post. I always get in an oatmeal rut. 😉 Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays, Abi! I hope you’ll share with us again this weekend!

  3. I like oatmeal but I don’t eat it that often, mostly because I am a breakfast skipper. I know, I know, I hear it from my husband all the time, it’s the most important meal of the day. I need to try some of your ideas and get myself into some better habits. Thanks for sharing this with us at #FoodieFriDIY…hope to see you at the party again tonight!

    • I can’t help being a breakfast person . . . I wake up starving! Thanks for faithfully hosting #FoodieFriDIY – there’s a lot of variety there!

  4. Hi Abi,
    Just a note to let you know that I choose your posts as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live tonight @7 pm EST. Thanks for being part of Real Food Fridays.

  5. Melissa C says:

    My kids are going through the oatmeal revolt as well. They will still eat it if I add pumpkin puree, cinnamon and allspice and sweeten to taste. They’ll also eat it if I add some mango/apricot jars of baby food that someone gave us.

  6. Hi Abi! I’ve never tried coconut in my oatmeal but I’m going to! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays!

  7. I love how many things you can do with oatmeal. You can make it dessert, breakfast, and everything in between! Your baked oatmeal sounds amazing. Bravo for making it processed sugar free!

  8. I love adding different fruits and nuts to my morning oatmeal. Thanks for including the baked oatmeal recipe as I’ve never had it like that before. I also like to add in a tablespoon cocoa powder with bananas.

  9. Hi! I’ve linked onto your post from Strangers and Pilgrims blog, I would like to ask do you strain the soaking liquid off the oats before you add them to the cup of water in the morning? Or do you just put it all in with the water? I’ve always wondered whether to strain or not, I have tried it both ways, but still not sure?

    • Hi, Cheryl. I do not strain the oats before adding them to the boiling water. It should cook fairly quickly and be nice and creamy. Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy your oatmeal!

  10. Good morning Abi! Just wanted to let you know that this post was *featured* this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Thanks for sharing and hope to have you over this week 🙂

  11. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Good ideas! I like oatmeal, but I usually just do brown sugar and raisins. It’d be good to mix it up.

  12. Love your ideas on ways to make oatmeal the making oatmeal by soaking it yogurt. Great idea. Oatmeal can sometimes be a little tasteless alone but your ideas make breakfast a special treat to look forward to. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  13. Those sound like some great ideas! I’ll be add this one to my list of breakfast ideas. We love oatmeal and your suggestions sound yummy!

    Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk – feel free to link back to a host if you would like! 🙂

    • Glad you like the ideas, Sarah. Thanks for helping to host Tuesday Talk. I do put links at the end of posts for all the link-ups shared at.

  14. Oatmeal does have a lot of possibilities. 🙂 Thank you for the ideas.

    • Thanks for checking out the list. The possibilities are probably endless, just takes some imagination and experimentation! Enjoy your weekend – and your oatmeal.

  15. I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast…so this post was great for me! Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I am trying them tomorrow!

  16. We LOVE oatmeal, Abi! My husband and I eat it almost every day. My kids aren’t quite that hard core! I’m going to try your method.Since we’re only 2 eating it usually, we make it in the microwave: 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, and craisins. We add walnuts once it’s done My daughter eats it twice a week, my son not at all, but he might like some of the toppings you suggest!

    • Hope you like the soaking method, Betsy. My stomach can handle oats much better when prepared that way. If you make a big pot one day you could just heat up leftovers the rest of the week. Enjoy your weekend.

  17. Great ideas! I love oatmeal but I’ve been looking for new ways to serve it. I think my favorite way to eat oatmeal will always be with cinnamon and golden raisins stirred into it and topped with some brown sugar. It’s pretty much like dessert for breakfast!

    • Golden raisins – yum! I like those better than the dark kind but think of them as a “special occasion” ingredient for some reason. Thanks for visiting, Ronja.

  18. Great ideas! Stopping by from Foodie Fridays!

  19. Oh my goodness! Thank you for these splendid ideas! I eat oatmeal every morning. I normally put cinnamon and honey in it, but now I have so many things I need to try!
    Thanks for linking up over at MomsMorningCoffee.com

  20. This looks like a delicious basic recipe. I LOVE oatmeal, but needed some new ideas to make it with a little less fuss in the morning.

  21. I’m visiting from Women with Intention linkup. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is in cookies 😉 I used to love eating it for breakfast but only the flavored one which weren’t that healthy. So now I just eat it occasionally in cookie form!

    • Yes . . . I’m sure my kids would be delighted if I let them eat oatmeal cookies for breakfast! When I make cookies, though, they’d rather not see oatmeal ;).

  22. Thanks for all the ideas! I like oatmeal but eat it the same way constantly, so then I get bored with it!!! Glad I found you through the link-up today! 🙂

  23. I love oatmeal so am loving all these ideas! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Talk!

  24. Great list of ideas! I will share this with my daughter who is an oatmeal fan! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

  25. I like to make a big pot of oats for our crew, enough so we have leftovers. When we have a lot of leftovers, I make oatcakes (differently than you do). I’ve never used a recipe, and it’s different every time. What I do is smush up the cold oats and mix in an egg or two. Then I sprinkle on some flour (whatever works for you) and a little baking powder sprinkle. I stir it all together then and add enough milk to make it a stiff batter/dough. I use my wooden spoon and plop some on a hot griddle and cook till it seems done. We top it with whatever we want, usually maple syrup. It’s a good way to use up leftovers.

  26. Great post!! I had no idea that January was national oatmeal month, but it is one of the coziest foods I think of. : ) I have been making baked oatmeal once a week for dinner lately. Loved all of your other ideas.

  27. Thank you!! My kiddos have been wanting oatmeal like crazy but I just haven’t been in the mood. This post inspires me! The baked oatmeal recipe is a great bonus because we’ve all been craving that since we got back from visiting you!

    • Yay! So glad you’re inspired. We had the baked oatmeal this morning. We’re out of apple butter, so I let the kids have some Chai Caramel Sauce I made at Christmas on it.

  28. Very helpful! My little eats oatmeal almost everyday, but we usually prepare it with milk. Do you ever do that? She likes it with pumpkin in it, but I will use this list to mix it up!

    • Making oatmeal with milk is a good idea (though my kids don’t prefer it) and mixing in a super food like pumpkin would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Stasia.

  29. I’ve never liked oatmeal. But every other year or so, I try it again. I’ll have to try some of these ideas!

    (visiting from the Art of Homemaking link-up)


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