Beyond Oatmeal: 14 Creative Recipes That Make Good Use of the Oats in Your Pantry
If you stocked up on oats but are now over oatmeal for breakfast, check out these delicious, creative ideas. Here, oat-based recipes for everything from cookies to oat milk, as well as some less obvious ideas such as smoothies, waffles, and oat-crusted chicken.
A stockpile of oats doesn't have to mean endless bowls of oatmeal—although we do have a few exciting ideas for freshening up that ordinary, every day bowl of oatmeal you've become accustomed to making. Here, we're sharing recipes featuring oats, which prove exactly how versatile this shelf-stable ingredient really is. Our oat-filled recipe ideas will take you from breakfast to dinner and beyond—they can be a staple ingredient when it comes to dessert, just as our Peach-and-Raspberry Oat Cobbler, pictured here, goes to show. In short, our tasty, creative recipes are sure to revive your love of oats, and with all of this variety, you'll soon realize that it's impossible to get bored of this heart-healthy grain.
Parlay your surplus of oats into big batches of granola, granola bars, and DIY instant oatmeal, ensuring that a hearty, filling, and delicious oat-based meal or snack is always on hand. If you're tired of having a bowl of basic oatmeal for breakfast, skip the stovetop and make a beeline for the oven. There, you can make our creamy baked oatmeal recipe, which is studded with fresh berries and sweetened naturally with dates. If you're looking for ways to use oats in other meals, try putting together a savory dish akin to oat risotto by cooking oatmeal with parmesan cheese and serving it warm topped with an egg and fresh greens. Sprinkle crunchy oats on roasted vegetables to add textural contrast and nuttiness.
If dessert is what you're after, waste no time in turning on the oven. Once it's hot, get our giant oat and coconut skillet cookie in—you won't be disappointed. We also have a recipe for a wonderful loaf of seed and oat bread. Baking is definitely not your only option, though. Oats also lend creaminess to smoothies, and you can make your own DIY oat milk, which is very on trend right now, using these pantry staples.
No-Knead Seeded Overnight Bread
Incorporate oats into your next loaf of bread. Here they add a slightly sweet, nutty flavor that tastes delicious in this seedy no-knead bread. Stir the ingredients for this bread together, then let the yeast do the work as it rises overnight. It's that simple.
Buttermilk Oat Waffles
These crispy oat-filled waffles combine the tang of the buttermilk with toasty oat flavor. Add a generous pour of maple syrup and a dollop of butter and you are good to go. Be sure to use quick cooking oats since waffles only take a few minutes on the waffle iron.
Hearty Fruit and Oat Smoothie
Creamy smoothie fans, here is a new one for you: Try adding oats to smoothies. A classic strawberry-banana smoothie is made even better with the addition (and the nutrition) of oats.
Creamy Parmesan Oats with Fried Egg
Did you ever have oats for dinner? This creamy, cheesy take on oats is similar to risotto. It's topped with a protein-rich egg and hearty greens.
DIY Instant Oatmeal
Speed up morning oatmeal with this DIY instant oatmeal recipe. Prep a batch and store it in an airtight jar on the counter. On busy mornings, just scoop and combine with boiling water or your favorite milk. Customize this classic cinnamon-sugar base recipe with dried fruits and nuts.
Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd with Berries and Seeds
Whether you're a crowd or just a small crew, this creamy, berry-studded baked oatmeal is a satisfying way to use a large amount of oats without having to watch a pot on the stovetop. Don't worry about extras. Consider it big batch or prep—leftovers reheat well for future breakfasts.
Roasted Carrots with Oat Dukkah
Exploring the savory side of oats really proves their versatility. Sprinkle any roasted vegetable, not just carrots, with this oat dukkah, which is inspired by the Egyptian topping of nuts and seeds.
Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie
Oatmeal cookies are a given, but instead of your standard bite-size treat, wow your family with a skillet cookie. There's something about a large format cookie and it's ooey, gooey center that really satisfies the inner cookie monster. If you're an oatmeal raisin fan, swap the chocolate chips for an equivalent amount of raisins.
Whether you have jumped on the oat milk train or are a newbie, making your own oat milk is a fun task and fantastic use for an abundance of oats. Blend just until the oats and water mixture is smooth—overdo it and the oat milk has the potential to become a bit gummy.
Muesli Coffee Cake
Muesli, the untoasted cousin of granola, is an interesting substitute for a crumb topping on this coffee cake. The top crisps up in the oven and develops toasty notes.
Oat-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
We love a super-fast, healthy dinner, and this oat recipe is just as easy (if not easier than!) your classic breaded chicken. Oats and Grana Padano cheese come together in a crispy flourless coating for chicken breasts.
Cherry Date Oat Bar
Packed with oats, these bars are the perfect granola option for busy days. To keep this snack nutritious, we opted to naturally sweeten the mix with dates, dried cherries, oatmeal, and orange juice in lieu of sugar.
Granola with Dark Chocolate, Olive-Oil, and Maple
Endlessly adaptable, granola is a winner because it extends the shelf life of oats, crisps them up, and can be customized with so many different add-ins. Another bonus: This granola is made with heart-healthy olive oil.