Oatmeal is a staple in our house. I started making breakfast most mornings when my little one started eating solids. Breakfast was her best meal of the day and my best opportunity to get nutritious foods into her body. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve continued to make breakfast (usually in the form of oatmeal) because it’s actually pretty quick, easy, and very nutritious.
Like most people, I was not getting my recommended amount of whole grains (and neither was my family). I like my white bread, muffins, and cereal. As I learn more about nutrition, I’ve leaned away processed foods, and breakfast is an easy meal to practice some clean eating!
Oatmeal makes for an easy, versatile breakfast option that we now eat most mornings. Plus, oatmeal is super nutritious. For more information about the health benefits of eating oatmeal, check out Healthline.com.
Here are my family’s 7 favorite oatmeal recipes (one for each day of the week).
1. Nutella Banana Oats
This is our family’s favorite! Make oats as directed. Top with a spoonful of hazelnut spread (a little goes a long way), sliced bananas, and milk.
2. Vanilla Blueberry Oats
Cook your oats as directed. Once cooked, stir in a teaspoon or so of vanilla extract. Serve with milk, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and some fresh blueberries.
3. Apple Walnut Oats
Spray saucepan with nonstick spray. Cook chopped apples and cinnamon over medium-high heat until tender. Add water to the pan and turn up the heat. Once water boils, add oats and cook as normal. When finished, top with milk, brown sugar and chopped walnuts.
4. Cinnamon Raisin Oats
Add a handful or so of raisins to boiling water and make oats as normal. (I like to boil the raisins because cooking them brings out their sweetness.) Stir in cinnamon. Top with brown sugar and milk.
5. Very Berry Oats
Make oatmeal as directed. Top with fresh berries, brown sugar, and milk.
6. Overnight Oats
I like to make a large bowl of these, cover it, and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. My basic recipe serves 4-6 and is as follows: 2 cups oatmeal, 2 cups milk, 3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt, 4 large drizzles of honey (each about a tablespoon), handful of chai seeds (about 1/3 cup), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Cover and chill overnight.
I like to top mine with fresh berries and bananas (especially blueberries). Raisin and cinnamon are also a great combo for overnight oats. While my husband likes them cold, I warm mine up in the microwave for a few seconds.
7. Banana Oatmeal Breakfast “Cookies”
This recipe is super easy and great when you have a few old bananas. Keep in mind that it’s a nutritious cookie. Honestly, I use the term “banana bread bites” for my husband because “cookie” implies a sweeter treat.
Mash 2 bananas and add 2 cups of oatmeal. Throw in either a handful or raisins or a handful of chocolate chips (about a 1/4 cup). Drop on a cookie sheet by the tablespoonful (about 8 cookies). Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. It’s best to eat these warm!