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19 Delish Oatmeal Recipes From Easy Lemon Creme Bars To Savory Goetta!

19 Delish Oatmeal Recipes From Easy Lemon Creme Bars To Savory Goetta!

Thanks for coming by to get a look at some pretty tasty oatmeal recipes! We’ve curated a list of some good ones here, like Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats, Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins, and Easy Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars!

When developing skills in the kitchen, there comes a time when a missing ingredient leads to experimentation. 

Oatmeal recipes fall into this category whether they are rolled, steel-cut, old fashioned or instant. 

It is good to know which items can be used across the board in various recipes because of the plain flavor profile or texture. 

Oatmeal is one such ingredient and oatmeal recipe ideas are literally endless. 

It is almost always sitting in your pantry, often neglected except on cold winter mornings. 

Well, time to change that. 

Good oatmeal recipes can come in handy for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Some might be hot oatmeal recipes but not all are. 

Some are fruit flavored oatmeal recipes while others are savory oatmeal meals

We are most familiar with oatmeal recipes for breakfast like a simple bowl of oatmeal with a sweetener of some kind. 

That is great, but I want to introduce you today to a wider array of oatmeal breakfast ideas so your toolkit for yummy mornings is overflowing! 

Ever tried your hand at an oatmeal breakfast of a Mexican inspired bowl of oatmeal with black beans, corn, salsa and avocado like #11 on this list? 

What about fun oatmeal recipes for pancakes or chocolate bars or muffins

There is no reason to view oatmeal as boring or relegated to a breakfast bowl! 

Creative oatmeal recipes can be found for meatballs or bread or even energy bites that come in handy any time of day! 

I invite you to explore this list of 19 oatmeal recipes, keeping in mind, some are sweet, some are savory, some are baked, and some are stirred! 

Some are quite creative oatmeal recipes that might challenge the traditional use, giving your taste buds a reason to rejoice! 

I end the post with some creative oatmeal recipes for crafty ways to use oatmeal with your kiddos, because that is just as much fun, and we could all use some moments of fun every day! 

Several good oatmeal recipes originate in the Blue Zones where a majority of people live longer than average. 

Loma Linda is one of those five regions and this savory oatmeal breakfast bowl is commonly enjoyed there. 

It begins by preparing the oatmeal with a shredded carrot and water, simmering and stirring. 

Then add in chopped kale or spinach, marinara, and nutritional yeast. 

When serving, top with sliced avocado and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle with smoked paprika, salt and pepper! 

Savory and satisfying! 

Keep the savory goodness flowing with even more savory oatmeal recipes!

Muffins and oatmeal recipe ideas just go together like oatmeal and raisins in cookies! 

These cook up moist but not too sweet. 

There are a few tricks along the way to watch for! 

Mix oats with buttermilk to soak. 

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. 

Next, gently add to the oatmeal mixture sugar, melted butter, egg, vanilla and cinnamon. 

Lastly add in the flour mixture. 

Mix just until blended, pour into muffin cups, sprinkle sugar on top and bake! 

Light and lovely! 

Thinking good oatmeal recipes are only for breakfast? 

Think again as we are making meatballs with oatmeal here! 

That’s right, meatballs! 

The oatmeal is used instead of bread crumbs so they turn out tender and gluten free. 

Honestly you may not even notice the difference. 

These are baked so no watching or turning on the stove. 

This works with any type of meat you have. 

The mix includes ground beef, onion, quick oats, egg, salt and pepper. 

Mix altogether, roll into balls and bake on a cookie sheet! 


If oatmeal recipes for breakfast are your jam, and you have an Instant Pot, this recipe will certainly become a favorite! 

Carrot cake oatmeal, here we come! 

The ingredient list includes steel cut oats, water, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, shredded carrots, raisins, diced apples, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla extract! 

After cooking, top with walnuts, coconut flakes or shredded carrots. 

Get these tips for reheating oatmeal, too. 

Oatmeal recipes also include making bread. 

A dense, hearty Irish oatmeal bread is what this recipe creates, including fiber and protein! 

This recipe does take time for the dough to rise and all the steps are written out nicely! 

The ingredients are steel cut oats, salt, butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, instant yeast, flour, and wheat flour. 

When baked and cooled, the slices are perfect for sandwiches or toasting! 

These Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars are one of my fun oatmeal recipes that are totally a dessert! 

There is a crust on the bottom and the top with a luscious filling! 

The crust is the following mixture divided in half: flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract. 

The filling is made of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest, and egg yolks. 

Layer, bake, cool, and chill as it is easiest to slice when chilled. 

Rich and refreshing!

Who knew oatmeal breakfast ideas could come with so many ingredients, textures and flavors! 

This savory bowl of oatmeal includes three parts: the oatmeal, the greens and the toppings. 

The oatmeal part includes old fashioned oats, water, milk, salt, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 

The greens part includes bacon, garlic, Swiss chard, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. 

The topping options to choose from are eggs, scallions, toasted sesame seeds or hot sauce. 

Lots of room for personalization!

Aromatic hot oatmeal recipes like this apple bake will delight your senses all day long! 

It begins with wet ingredients of non-dairy milk, unsweetened applesauce and maple syrup. 

Then the dry ingredients of rolled oats, diced apples, cinnamon, baking powder, and ground flaxseeds are added. 

Raisins or other spices could easily be included. 

Mix and move to a baking dish. 

Top with pecans if desired and bake. 

This is truly glorious!

This gluten free choice among oatmeal meals runs along similar lines as the meatballs did earlier. 

Oatmeal is used in place of the breadcrumbs or panko. 

This meatloaf is made by mixing together ground beef, salt, oatmeal, milk, onion, egg, pepper, mustard and ketchup. 

It will bake for an hour and the last fifteen minutes is the time to add the glaze on top of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. 

Everyone is bound to love this and the side options are wide open! 

It’s not often you see the words healthy and pancakes in the same title. 

But these different oatmeal recipes continue to reveal amazing ingredient combinations! 

These pancakes are made with a base blend of bananas, eggs and oats. 

From there, you get to be creative in adding flavors like vanilla or cinnamon or ingredients like berries or nuts can be sprinkled in when cooking. 

The skillet needs to be well greased and the pancakes should be on the smallish side to prevent breaking. 

Serve with syrup, butter or whatever you like best!

My last different, but very beautiful savory oatmeal recipes for breakfast, include this chipotle spiced black bean bowl! 

It begins with preparing the oatmeal with almond milk, water, bouillon cube, diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and Mexican-inspired spice mix and black beans. 

Decidedly Latin influences here with the toppings of pan warmed corn, salsa and avocado slices, a squeeze of lime juice or sprinkle of cilantro!

Sometimes flavored oatmeal recipes can turn a plain bowl of oatmeal into a celebration for your mouth! 

That is most definitely the case here with the addition of a few simple yet striking textures and flavors! 

Cook the steel cut oats with water. 

Once it has reached the right consistency, add in coconut milk, yogurt, ginger, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and chia seeds. 

When serving, top with fresh pineapple, coconut and chia seeds. 

A tropical paradise morning is just a spoonful away!

This oatmeal breakfast idea might surprise you, but I encourage you to give it a listen. 

Oatmeal patties are stove fried, packed with flavor and protein. 

It starts with sauteing onions in butter, adding in cream of mushroom soup, poultry seasoning, soy sauce, eggs and milk. 

It becomes a thick batter that can be dropped by spoonfuls into coconut oil in a pan for frying on both sides. 

After cooking up all the mixture into patties, place them in a casserole dish and cover with a gravy made with the rest of the cream of mushroom soup and milk. 

Bake and serve. 

Serious comfort food!

I could not resist adding another of my dessert oatmeal recipes to this list! 

It might be a travesty to ever have a list of recipes without at least one including chocolate! 

These are no-bake to boot so win-win all around! 

This has two parts with one being divided to make a bottom and top crust and the second part is the filling! 

The crust is made of butter, brown sugar, vanilla and rolled oats mixed and pressed into the pan. 

The filling of peanut butter and chocolate chips is melted together in the microwave and mixed until combined. 

Layer together following the instructions and refrigerate several hours!  

These will disappear fast!

This traditional Scottish cracker is one of the more unusual oatmeal recipe ideas I ran across. 

They are quick and easy to make, baking up a bit thick which makes them great for dipping or topping! 

The recipe is fairly straightforward using pinhead oatmeal which is another name for steel cut oats.  

The ingredients include pinhead oatmeal, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and unsalted butter. 

Mix, cut butter and rub in and add water to form a ball. 

Roll out, cut circles of dough, place on a baking tray for baking until firm and lightly golden. 

Crunchy and so useful!

I am quite sure overnight oatmeal videos or pictures with various good oatmeal recipes have crossed your social media feeds at some point. 

If you have never tried them, here is a collection of six ideas that might tickle your fancy! 

Make them the night before and in the morning eat them cold, at room temperature or warm them up if you prefer! 

Seriously time saving on busy mornings! 

Old fashioned oats are the oatmeal of choice for these recipes. 

FIrst mix oats, flaxseed meal or chia seed and milk of choice. 

Cover and chill overnight. 

When ready to eat, add sweeteners, toppings and extra milk if desired. 

The list of topping options is wide and deep but six are fully explained to get your wheels turning! 

One try and you just might be addicted enough to keep on experimenting!

When meat, grain and spices are included in creative oatmeal recipes, it catches some folks off guard.

This German Goetta is similar to scrapple but it uses steel cut oats. 

It is not limited to being enjoyed at breakfast only though the “patty” form seems like it might. 

Make the oatmeal with beef broth, salt, bay leaves and dried marjoram. 

Then add ground beef, ground pork, onions, garlic, ginger, mace, white pepper, black pepper, ground coriander and ground cloves and bring to a boil. 

Simmer for an hour. 

Next, transfer the mixture into cans (9”x5”) for chilling overnight. 

The following morning, cut into slices to be gently fried on the stove till golden brown and served.

These tasty and fun oatmeal recipes are designed to boost your energy and provide a snack you can feel good about. 

These energy bites are made by thoroughly combining quick steel cut oats, creamy peanut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips and shredded coconut. 

Then this mixture is rolled into balls or scooped onto a tray. 

They are ready to be enjoyed or can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. 

I end this list of oatmeal recipes with two non-consumable, yet fun and different oatmeal recipes

At holiday time, Santa’s reindeer need to keep their energy up so this recipe for reindeer food can be bagged up and left for Santa or be sprinkled on the lawn for the reindeer to eat! 

Glitter warning, just so you’re informed! 

The second recipe is for dying oatmeal creative colors to make a sensory bin for kids who need tactile exploration. 

The choice of dye will depend on if the kids are old enough to know it is not food. 

Once dyed and dried, the rainbow oats can be placed in bins for exploration, drawing shapes or letters or simply scooping and playing. 

My non-sensory challenged kids even enjoyed this project! 

A safe new way to experience the world!

The bottom line

I hope you enjoyed this list of oatmeal recipes! 

The best part might be the realization that oatmeal recipe ideas can be fun, creative, and different!

Want more oats? Try these Baked Oats recipes.

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From Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats, Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins, and Easy Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars, we’ve got the Oatmeal Recipes you’ll love!


  • Savory Oatmeal
  • Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
  • Baked Gluten-Free Meatballs Recipe With Oatmeal
  • Instant Pot Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • Irish Oatmeal Bread
  • Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars
  • Savory Cheddar Oatmeal
  • Vegan Apple Baked Oatmeal
  • Meatloaf
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
  • Chipotle Spiced Black Bean Oatmeal
  • Tropical Coconut Oatmeal
  • Savory Oatmeal Patties
  • No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
  • Oatcakes-Oat Crackers
  • No-Cook Vegan Overnight Oats
  • German Goetta
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites
  • Oatmeal Reindeer Food And Rainbow Oats For Sensory Play


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