Not only are oats one of the most wholesome breakfast ingredients, but they also happen to be one of the most versatile ingredients. Beyond just a comforting bowl of oatmeal, they can be transformed into muffins, grab-and-go bars, and more. Utilize the humble whole grain in these 10 make-ahead recipes and you'll head into the week with ease.
Making your own instant oatmeal cups allows you to break free of the usual maple brown sugar and apple cinnamon flavors to create your own unique mix-in combinations.
Making a big batch of oatmeal in the slow cooker is one of the most hands-off approaches to prepping oats for breakfast: Just dump everything in and let it cook while you snooze.
These naturally sweetened oat bars swap oil or butter for applesauce and are a great choice if you need breakfast on the go.
It's worth baking a double batch of these oatmeal cups if you have enough muffin tins because they freeze ridiculously well and are a perfect grab-and-go option.
A big batch of muesli keeps for a month and can be used so many ways. Try soaking some in milk to make overnight oats, stirring a bit into yogurt, or just enjoying it like cereal.
The most tried-and-true way to use oats will never go out of style. Make a pot of oatmeal and it will last in the fridge through the week, so you can portion out a little at a time and reheat it.
A blend of cinnamon and ginger plus hearty mix-ins like apple, carrot, raisins, and walnuts jazz up usual overnight oats and turn them into something reminiscent of this well-loved muffin.
Steel-cut oatmeal takes quite a bit of time to cook, so reaching for the pressure cooker is a smart way to shave off time. Make a large batch and reheat servings through the week.
This is an extra-clever way to prepare oatmeal for the week and then some. The frozen pucks will last for some time and you can take out one or two and simply defrost and warm them in the microwave.
Cook steel-cut oats for just three minutes, divide them among jars, let them rest in the fridge overnight, and come morning they'll be soft and chewy — it's a bit like magic.