It may be one of the most basic breakfast foods, but oatmeal can be spiced up in lots of ways—literally and figuratively. Serve it up savory, add it to skillet cookies, mix it with coconut milk, or try one of these other delicious takes on the ingredient.


Multicooker Chai-Spiced Oatmeal

Multicooker Chai-Spiced Oatmeal
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

The secret ingredients in this cozy bowl are cardamom, cloves, and ginger. Pair it with a chai tea latte for the ultimate good morning.

Apple Cider Oatmeal with Sautéed Apples

apple cider oatmeal with sauteed apples
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Taking the extra steps to sauté the apples and toast the pecans turns a boring bowl into something truly special. You'll crave this at all hours of the day!

Oatmeal with Poblanos, Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese

oatmeal with poblanos, butternut squash, and goat cheese
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

This bowl does triple duty. It's a hearty breakfast or brunch, an upgrade to your weekday lunch, or a delicious and savory breakfast for dinner. Roast your veggies on Sunday night for hearty, healthy meals all week long.

Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Some people only add raisins to their oatmeal cookies. Those people don't know what they're missing.

Mushroom & Bacon Oatmeal

Mushroom & Bacon Oatmeal

Waking up isn't so bad when you've got this creamy, mouth-watering breakfast to get you out of bed. 

Recipe: Try our Mushroom & Bacon Oatmeal

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

Simple, delicious, and way better than the instant kind. You can't go wrong with the classic maple-cinnamon combo.

Recipe: Try our Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies

Repurposing instant oatmeal packets into cookies (that you can eat for breakfast!) is a brilliant, time-saving hack. We like topping ours with jam, jelly, or preserves.

Recipe: Try our Breakfast Cookies

Chai-Spiced Oatmeal with Mango & Coconut

chai spiced oatmeal with mango & coconut
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Apples and berries are tried-and-true oatmeal toppings, but you can also turn your bowl into a tropical paradise by using coconut milk and freshly sliced mangoes. Aloha!

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

Whoopie for sweet frosting layered between crumbly, soft oatmeal cookies! The best part? You get to decide the frosting-to-cookie ratio.

Oatmeal Pancakes with Peach Compote


Adding rolled oats to pancake batter makes flapjacks a bit more filling. Bonus: The compote uses frozen peaches, so you can whip this recipe up all year long.

Oatmeal-Raisin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

oatmeal raisin bars with cream cheese frosting

This recipe is basically like making your own granola bars, with just a little extra sugar. And butter. And frosting. Okay, fine, it's essentially just cookies. We'd still eat it for breakfast, though. 

Baked Oatmeal with Apricots & Cardamom

baked oatmeal with apricots and cardamom
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

This gorgeous bowl takes oats one step further by popping them in the oven for half an hour. The result (when topped with almonds, honey, and yogurt) is a super-tender and delicious breakfast.

Oatmeal-Apple Scones

oatmeal-apple scones

Oats lend a chewy, thick texture to scones while baked apple pieces break things up with a soft, sweet surprise.

Recipe: Try our Oatmeal-Apple Scones

PB&C Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

pb&c oatmeal skillet cookie

We don't play favorites, but this is probably the best thing you can make with a cast-iron skillet—especially when topped with toasted coconut and flaky sea salt.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

old fashioned oatmeal cookies

These cookies check all the boxes. They're stuffed with raisins and pecans, the icing has apple cider in it, and they're absolutely giant. What more could you want?

Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl

Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa mixed with oats makes an ultra-filling and nutritious start to the day—just top it with a dollop of mascarpone for some fun.

Recipe: Try our Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl