8 Budget Breakfast Ideas That Start with Oatmeal

8 Budget Breakfast Ideas That Start with Oatmeal

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Sep 15, 2018
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There's more than one reason oatmeal continues to be a mainstay on breakfast tables: It's wholesome, filling, versatile, and cheap. Buy a big bag of oats and you'll get countless morning meals out of it without breaking the bank. Here are eight of our favorite recipes featuring oatmeal.

1. Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

A can of pumpkin purée adds extra bulk to this fall-forward oatmeal. Toss everything in the slow cooker before you go to bed and be greeted with a comforting bowl come morning.

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2. How To Make DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

Save money on those packets of instant oatmeal and make them at home instead. Not only is it super easy to do, but you can also have fun getting creative with mix-ins.

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3. How To Make Tender Baked Oatmeal Cups

It's worth baking a double batch of these baked oatmeal cups because they freeze so well. Then you'll have grab-and-go breakfasts for weeks.

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4. How To Make Oatmeal on the Stovetop

Good ol' classic oatmeal make with rolled oats never gets old. This recipe is as basic as it gets — and foolproof!

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5. Frozen Single-Serve Oatmeal with Almonds & Dried Cherries

Freezing cooked oatmeal in muffin tins is a great way to get ahead on breakfast. Come morning, simply microwave one or two frozen cups in a bowl to defrost and rewarm it.

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6. How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker

Steel-cut oats are usually a no-go when mornings are busy, but cooking them in the pressure cooker drastically speeds up the process.

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7. Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Honey & Fruit

This recipe calls for mixing the oats with quinoa for added protein and sprinkling in hazelnuts for crunch, but the quinoa can be substituted with more oats and the nuts can be left off to keep it extra budget-friendly.

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8. How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in Jars

Letting these oatmeal cups sit in the fridge overnight ensures the steel-cut oats will be extra tender when you go to reheat them the next morning and the mornings to follow.

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