13 Wonderful Ways to Eat Your Oats

13 Wonderful Ways to Eat Your Oats

Think a bowl of mushy oatmeal is the only way to eat your oats? Think again. From jam-filled granola bars and vegan oat pancakes, to sandwich bread and breakfast cookies, there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy this heart-healthy pantry staple.

1. Whole-Wheat Sandwich Loaf with Oats and Pecans

Pump up your sandwich bread game with this whole-wheat loaf. The addition of oats both in the bread and on the crust adds a nice texture and nutritional boost.

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2. Blueberry-Oat Quick Bread

If you froze a pint or two of blueberries this summer when they were at their peak, now is the time to dig them out of the freezer and make a batch of this quick bread. It's a go-to treat for Sunday morning breakfast.

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3. Jammy Granola Bars

These decadent granola bars are versatile enough to be eaten anywhere for any meal. You can take them hiking, enjoy one as a grab-and-go breakfast, or even serve them a la mode for a healthy dessert. Now all that's left to decide is what kind of jam you'll use.

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4. Fruit Crumble with Oats & Dates

Fruit crumbles are one of the easiest desserts to put together, and they are infinitely customizable to suit any dietary restrictions. This version happens to be nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan. There's almost no one who will say no to this treat.

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5. No-Bake Sunflower Oat Bars

Don't feel like firing up the oven? No problem. These delightful breakfast bars firm up in the refrigerator, and are sweetened with agave to make them vegan. You can also customize them to your taste by adding your favorite combination of dried fruits.

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6. Honeyed Grapefruit Oat Scones

What better winter breakfast than a scone? Especially one that makes use of the fresh grapefruits that are in season now. The addition of honey and ginger means this is a recipe you'll make again and again.

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7. Overnight Oats with Jam and Toasted Coconut

If you made a resolution to eat breakfast more often in 2016, start adding these overnight oats to your before-bed routine. They are easy to assemble, and mean that you can hit snooze an extra time, and still eat breakfast.

8. Coconut Mango Oat Muffins

These muffins are made healthier by the addition of oats and coconut oil. If you aren't a mango fan, swap in another favorite fruit. You might even consider making a double batch so you can stash some in the freezer for later.

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9. Toasted Oat and Walnut Whisky Trifle

This classic Scottish dessert called cranachan is basically a boozy dessert version of your breakfast yogurt and granola parfait. But it's the addition of your favorite whisky to the whipped cream that takes this solidly into dessert territory.

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10. Steel-Cut Oats with Maple-Roasted Apples and Cheddar

Don't be afraid of this sweet and savory combination for your morning bowl of oatmeal. Just like cheddar cheese goes wonderfully with apple pie, grated sharp cheddar adds a whole new richness to this recipe.

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11. Vegan Coconut-Oat Pancakes

Skip the eggs and dairy in these pancakes and get the protein, fat, and fiber from oats and coconut yogurt instead. We promise you won't even know they're vegan.

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12. Spiced Carrot Oat Breakfast Cookies

Who says you can't eat cookies for breakfast? These hearty cookies have shredded carrots, raisins, walnuts, and all your favorite warming spices. They make the perfect indulgent weekday breakfast.

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13. How To Make Oatmeal in Jars: One Week of Breakfast in 5 Minutes

Last but not least, the classic way to make a whole week of breakfast at once: oatmeal in jars. So easy, so simple!

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