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Healthy Breakfast Ideas-4 Simple Oatmeal Recipes

Updated on February 2, 2015
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Thick & Creamy Oatmeal
Thick & Creamy Oatmeal

Hot Breakfast Cereal or Porridge Recipe

Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast. My father used to say that it "sticks to your ribs", which means it leaves you with a full feeling. This is because of the high content of soluble fiber, which will keep you from snacking all morning until lunch time.

Perhaps you already enjoy oatmeal for breakfast because of its health benefits. After all, oatmeal is known for possibly lowering blood pressure and harmful cholesterol levels in the body. Do you get bored with the same, plain bowl of hot porridge or oatmeal? If so, these four recipes will help you switch things up.

Aunt Sallie´s Thick & Chunky Oatmeal is just that: a bowl of chewy, toothsome oatmeal. One of my favorites, you will savor every bite. Opal´s Smooth & Creamy Oatmeal is a better choice for those who enjoy a creamy texture. The addition of egg provides the added benefit of a higher protein breakfast. Peruvian-Style Drinkable Oatmeal is a great choice for children or those who want a quick breakfast they can take with them and drink during the commute to work. Or, store it in a thermos and enjoy it later in the morning. Last but not least, Bircher´s Swiss Muesli is a cold breakfast oatmeal you can prepare the night before. It keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days and also makes a great snack.

I´ve also included information on healthier sweetening choices and the benefits of eating oats. Eat more oatmeal and reap the benefits of improved health. Enjoy!


Aunt Sallie´s Thick & Chunky Oatmeal
Aunt Sallie´s Thick & Chunky Oatmeal | Source
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Aunt Sallie´s Thick & Chunky Oatmeal

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup regular oatmeal (old-fashioned rolled oats)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small apple, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter and add chopped apple. Sauté 2 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add to the saucepan: oats, water, cranberries, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with chopped walnuts, more cranberries, milk or yogurt, if desired.
Creamy oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon
Creamy oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon | Source

Opal´s Smooth & Creamy Oatmeal

Thanks to the addition of an egg, this oatmeal is creamier and higher in protein than other types.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oats and stir over heat, 1-2 minutes, until golden in color.
  2. Add water, milk, beaten egg, sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring, for a minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla, stir and cover. Allow to rest for several minutes, until thickened.
  4. Serve with more milk or yogurt, if desired. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or dried fruit.


Drinkable Oatmeal
Drinkable Oatmeal | Source

Peruvian-Style Drinkable Oatmeal

This hot, drinkable oatmeal is great for a quick, winter morning breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons quick oats
  • 1 apple, peeled, seeded and cored or 1 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender container. Blend on high until well combined.
  2. Pour blended oatmeal into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve in mugs.


Cold Breakfast Oatmeal
Cold Breakfast Oatmeal | Source

Swiss Muesli or Cold Overnight Oatmeal

Although in the United States oats are usually cooked before consumption, raw oats soaked in yogurt, milk or fruit juice are commonly eaten in Europe. This Swiss-style muesli is not the dry granola-style cereal that is well-known in the United States. It is a creamy, cold cereal that can also be enjoyed at breakfast or throughout the day as a filling and healthful snack. Click the following link for the recipe:

Delicious Bircher´s Swiss Muesli


Although grated apple is the traditional base for this cereal, you can use any chopped fruit that you like. Instead of milk, try fruit juice. Enjoy it with homemade yogurt. Click here to learn how to make your own yogurt: How to Make Yogurt at Home.


Health Benefits of Eating Oats

  • Weight loss: Oats contain more soluble fiber than most grains. Soluble fiber absorbs large quantities of water, which slows the digestive process and makes you feel fuller longer, helping to control weight gain.
  • Digestibility: Oats are more digestible than other grains due to soluble fiber content. Although in the United States oats are most often consumed in cooked form, raw oats are easily digested. Just soak them for at least 30 minutes in yogurt and milk before consumption.
  • Cardiovascular health: You´ve probably read that oats can help lower harmful cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Oats also regulate blood glucose levels and may reduce high blood pressure and the risk of certain cancers, such as colorectal cancer.
  • Mental health: Oats contain inositol which acts as a natural anti-depressant.
  • Nutrition: Oats contain B vitamins, which help your body metabolize fats, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. Oats are also a good source of vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin E, as well as many minerals beneficial to the human body.


Better Choices for Sweetening Oatmeal

Coconut palm sugar has just recently come onto the commercial scene. It has a deep caramel flavor similar to brown sugar, but is unrefined and low on the glycemic index. This means that you won´t suffer the same "crash" that often comes after eating highly refined sugars. Coconut palm sugar is made from fresh coconut tree sap and contains B vitamins and many minerals.

Other great choices to sweeten your oatmeal or porridge include maple syrup or sugar, honey and stevia for those who can´t tolerate sugar.


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    Sajib 17 months ago from Bangladesh

    All of these oatmeal have brought water to my mouth. I thank the author for discussing about such tasty breakfast ideas. All of them can make your morning a great one. Here I want to briefly discuss about a few more popular oatmeal:

    Carrot cake oatmeal is really a delicious one. You will get the chance of tasting vegetable with concentrated walnuts.

    Want to eat chocolate at breakfast? Almond joy oatmeal can give you that chance. The combination of almond, coconut and chocolate will make the morning a special one.

    Blackberry goat cheese oatmeal is something that everyone should taste. You can leave the house with the taste of blackberry and drizzle honey in your mouth.

    Once again thanks to @vespawoolf bringing up such an excellent topic.

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    Surabhi Kaura 20 months ago

    Yum! Looks healthy and delicious.

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    vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

    It's nice to hear from you rebeccamealey!

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    vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment and vote thumbi!

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    Rebecca Mealey 24 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I didn't realize oatmeal could be so diverse! I think I'll try Aunt Sallies. Thanks!

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    peachy 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

    i usually have oatmeal in my cocoa, my son has hot oatmeal with milk

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    JR Krishna 24 months ago from India

    Excellent idea. Your recipe is very simple

    I have always difficulty in making children understand the importance of breakfast.

    I will share this with them

    Voted up and shared

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I'm glad you found these recipes interesting RTalloni!

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for posting these four recipes for us. The drinkable oatmeal is definitely a recipe I want to explore, but am glad for a reminder of the other three since oatmeal is so healthy for us.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Your oatmeal recipe sounds healthy and delicious! I often use Stevia instead of sugar since the apples and cranberries have plenty of natural sweetness. Thanks for your comment.

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    thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

    We just ate oatmeal this morning for breakfast! The one we made was actually very similar to the first one (Aunt Sallie's) but without butter and with half as much sugar. We also added some vanilla extract, flax seeds, and pepita (pumpkin) seeds too. Very yummy! Your ideas look delicious and easy, voted up and interested in trying your drinkable oatmeal.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Skperdon, thanks for your comment!

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    skperdon 2 years ago from Canada

    Mmmmm! I love oatmeal any way it can be cooked. The Swiss muesli sounds interesting, haven't eaten raw oatmeal before, maybe I'll try it. Thank you vespawoolf.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you pstraubie48! Have a great weekend!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Thank you for all of these variations on oatmeal for anytime. I LOVE oatmeal so will have it just about any time. I will be giving these a try

    Angels are on the way to you ps

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks DDE.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for the vote and comment ChtrangadaSharan!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnley, I hope you can try the drinkable oatmeal soon!

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    An important meal of the day and looks so delicious. A great idea!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Very interesting ideas for oatmeal breakfast.

    I usually prefer to have oatmeal in the mornings. Your suggestions of recipes is worth trying.

    Thanks and voted up!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    These sound great; I am really into oatmeal recipes lately and I really love the sound of the drinkable one!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your support AudreyHowitt!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I agree peachpurple, nuts are great with oatmeal!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment Ericdierker!

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    I love oatmeal! Especially the crunchier versions of it--what great ideas here!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i love the nuts and bran, they aunchy and healthyre cr

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Another excellent food article. I will print these up and try each one. Thank you. I love my oats with yogurt.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, I´m glad to hear you regularly enjoy oatmeal as a part of your diet. The drinkable oatmeal is definitely worth it for those on the go! Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    AliciaC, I´m glad you like the idea of drinkable oatmeal. Thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, I hope you can get back to adding oatmeal to your diet, at least a few times a week. The health benefits make it worthwhile.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your valuable input, Suzanne Day. I hope you have the chance to try Peruvian-style oatmeal for something different. Have a great day!

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    I've never heard of drinkable oatmeal. Worth a try for those on the go! I'm one who really enjoys oatmeal, especially on cold mornings. We're getting enough of them these days.

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I enjoy eating oatmeal for breakfast, so I appreciate these recipes very much. They all sound good. I love the idea of drinkable oatmeal!

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    Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I have never heard of drinkable oatmeal but now thanks to you know how to make it if desired. All of your oatmeal recipes sound good. Thanks for your recipes and health information. We always keep it in our pantry but should probably eat it on a more regular basis.

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    Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Porridge is great for when you want to be full until lunch! I've often heard that people hard up for money are well advised to eat porridge as it's cheap, easy, tasty and filling. Haven't heard of drinkable oatmeal but will have to check it out. Thanks for all the smooth oatmeal recipes and voted useful!

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