I love healthy oatmeal recipes for breakfast. On cold mornings, I like to make a hot bowl of oatmeal to satisfy my sweet cravings while still eating healthy.

With some fruits, spices, and other tasty ingredients this healthy staple can be transformed into something sweet, creamy, and satisfying. It’s the perfect way to start your day with a metabolism boosting meal, and as an added bonus it keeps your full for hours and reduces mid-morning snacking.

I’m not a big fan of the sugary instant oatmeal packets I used to eat as kids. Those things are full of sugar (as much as 8 teaspoons per serving), artificial ingredients, and are high in sodium. Making oatmeal from scratch is so easy, there’s really no need to use the little packets.

Benefits Of Oatmeal

One of the biggest benefits of eating oatmeal is the effect it has on reducing the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in your body, the “bad” cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream, and adding fruits can increase the amount of soluble fiber your getting, so it’s a double win. All that healthy fiber in oatmeal can have a profound effect on improving your cardiovascular health.

Whole-grain oatmeal is also known to boost metabolism, to be specific minimally processed old fashioned and steel cut oats increase metabolism. Swapping heavily processed quick oats for these minimally processed whole-grains help add complex carbohydrates to your diet, which in tern in makes your body work harder to break them down. The extra work your body does to break down the whole-grain oatmeal increases your metabolism, and also keeps you feeling fuller and more satisfied for hours.

Oatmeal Nutrition

Oatmeal contains a number of healthy nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, and a little heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. The calories in oatmeal recipes generally average about 150 per 1 cup of cooked oats. Oatmeal toppings will add extra calories, so be careful with adding too many dried fruits as they can really drive up the calorie count.

Brown sugar will add about 50 calories per tablespoon, and sweetened dried fruit or nuts will each add about 100 calories per serving. I like to start out cooking oatmeal in almond or coconut milk, these vegan milk options add sweetness and protein without loads of sugar, then we sweeten at the very end, and only if needed. Often I find no extra sugar is needed, so hold off on the sugar until the end, and add sparingly.

Oatmeal for Weight Loss

Eating oatmeal for weight loss is also a great habit that’s easy to follow. Not only does it taste great, but the body digests oatmeal at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, your energy levels up, and reduces your hunger cravings. You’ll feel more full all morning and will be able to resist the temptation to snack. A good oatmeal breakfast is definitely part of a clean eating diet plan that will help you drop weight easily.

Cooking Instructions

Making oatmeal recipes is a pretty simple process: Add liquid to oats and heat. Not only are oatmeal recipes quick to make, but even the most novice cook can master basic oatmeal recipes.

How To Cook Oatmeal – Rolled Oats

1 cup rolled oats
2 cups water, milk or a combination of both

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned) and 2 cups water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the sauce pan from heat and let stand, covered for 2 minutes before serving.

How To Cook Oatmeal – with Quick Cooking Oats

1 cup quick cooking oats – also known as instant oats
2 cups water, milk or a combination of both

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in 1 cup quick cooking oats. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and let stand about 30 seconds before serving.

How To Cook Oatmeal – with Steel-Cut Oats

1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup steel-cut oats and 3 cups water, bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until the oats are just tender and the liquid is nearly absorbed. Remove the sauce pan from heat and let stand, covered for 5 minutes before serving.

Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

All the below healthy oatmeal recipes make 2 servings each.

Metabolism Boosting Apple Pie Oatmeal

This delicious healthy oatmeal recipe is sweet, creamy, and satisfying and will start your day with a nice warm tummy. Best of all, it tastes like a slice of apple pie!

  • 1 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 apple thinly sliced then cut into thirds (basically thin bite sized pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (if you have the little cups each is 1/2 cup)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, cinnamon and maple syrup, heat on low until most of the milk is absorbed (stir as needed), once most of the milk is absorbed add in the apple sauce and stir together. If you like your apples soft add them in now too, if you like some crunch wait until you are about to serve to stir in. Once all the apple sauce and milk is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes total, remove from heat and serve.

Each serving has: 309 calories, 5 g fats, 8 g fiber, 6 g protein, and 62 g carbs.

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast treats that my family loves, too. It warms you up on a cold day, and makes your belly feel good without making you feel sluggish or heavy.

I have been running through the list of Quaker Oatmeal Packets, and Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal use to be my favorite. I want to remind you all that the little packets have preservatives and thickening agents plus 13 grams of sugar vs. this recipe only 7 grams of sugar, not the best choice in food if you ask me.

The packets use quick oats, I have recently switched to Old Fashioned oats not because of any nutritional reasons, but because they are so much tastier, bigger and do not turn to mush.

If you love quick oats by all means use them instead of rolled oats in this healthy oatmeal recipe.

Makes one serving of Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. dark brown sugar

In a small sauce pan get 1 cup of water boiling, add the oatmeal and cinnamon and reduce to low. Stir once in a while until all the water is absorbed. Add in the maple syrup and mix together. Move oatmeal to a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and serve.

Each serving has: 176 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein, 33 g carbs.

Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Try it, you can’t say “Breakfast Cookies” without smiling.  These Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great for the family on the run, they travel well and you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning. I originally was going to make these into 30 little cookies last night, then my husband called and asked if we could go out for dinner so I finished with the batter and placed it in the fridge. Well, dinner went late and I totally forgot to make the cookies until the next morning and that is how they became Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

The oatmeal and cinnamon both boost your metabolism, this makes for a great way to get heart healthy oatmeal recipes into your diet!

If you want to make 30 little cookies that will work great too, just bake for 10-15 minutes and use a tablespoon to make them into ping-pong sized balls. Also try my Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cookies, they are delicious and always the hit at parties!

Makes 15 Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

  • ¾ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Spray 2-3 cookie sheets with baking spray. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl or standing mixer whip butter and sugar, add in egg and vanilla. Add in  apple sauce and ⅓ cup of water. Now you can add the dry flour mixture, mix until just combined. Add in the oats and raisins and mix until just combined. Place in fridge for 15 minutes minimum or overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 350, using an ice cream scoop dollop out tennis ball sized (YEP!) dollops of cookie dough, give enough room for a little spreading. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

Each serving (1 cookie) has: 172 calories, 2 g fat, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 34 g carbs.

Banana and Almond Butter Oatmeal

I love the combination of peanut butter, bananas and honey. When I was little my mom would combine the three for me in a sandwich, so this banana and almond butter oatmeal combo is one of those nostalgic meals that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and bring me back to an easier time in my life. In my quest for new metabolism boosting meals, I came up with this little number. I recommend almond butter for weight loss vs. peanut butter.

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 banana thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk and oatmeal, heat on low until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in 1/2 of the banana slices and the almond butter, mix together and let the oatmeal soak up the rest of the milk. Remove from the heat, move to two bowls, top with the remaining banana slices and drizzle with honey.

Each serving has: 375 calories, 6 g fat, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein, 66 g carbs.

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Did you know that oatmeal, yogurt and cinnamon all boost your metabolism? I use to love the little Quaker oatmeal packets, but they are full of sugar, preservatives and thickening agents, not a smart choice! So I made my favorite flavor and added Greek yogurt to make it creamy and cinnamon just because I love it so much. Don’t be put off by the balsamic vinegar; it sweetens the strawberries without adding any sugar.

  • 1 cups water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon- you can also toss a cinnamon stick in w/ the boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries- fresh or frozen defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey

In a small pot combine water, oatmeal and cinnamon, cover and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low. While the oatmeal absorbs all the cinnamon scented water get on with the strawberries.

In a small bowl combine strawberries and balsamic vinegar and with the back of a fork smash and mix until you have strawberry mush (very technical term) then add the yogurt, vanilla, honey and mix well.

Once the water and oatmeal are absorbed and add in the strawberry mixture and stir until all combined, let thicken for a minute or so, remove from heat and serve.

Each serving has: 97 calories, 1 g fat, 2.5 g fiber, 5 g protein, 18 g carbs.

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal

One of the keys to clean eating is getting what’s in season whenever you can, when strawberries are in season they inexpensive and much more flavorful than when you purchase out of season. So be sure to make this dish when you can get the berries in season, if you are using frozen strawberries see the recipe above, it’s more conducive to using frozen.

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 small banana

Thinly slice the strawberries and banana, set aside.

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil add the oats, cinnamon and nutmeg, reduce to low and stir occasionally until all the water is absorbed. Once the water is absorbed remove from heat, stir in the honey.

Plate the oatmeal and top with sliced strawberries and bananas.

Each serving has: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein, 33 g carbs.

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal

This Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal recipe is one of my new favorite healthy oatmeal recipes. This easy, metabolism boosting antioxidant filled breakfast is easy and delicious! If you have frozen blueberries they will work well too, just defrost overnight in the fridge.

  • 2 cups water or milk
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 20 blueberries (1 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey

In a small sauce pan combine water and oatmeal, bring to a boil, cover and reduce to low until all water is absorbed. While the oatmeal is doing its thing smash 10 blueberries with the back of a spoon in a small bowl, mix in yogurt, vanilla and honey and set aside.

When the oatmeal has absorbed all the water turn off heat and add the yogurt mixture to the oatmeal and fold together. Drop half of the remaining berries into the bottom of 2 small bowls, top with oatmeal and garnish with your remaining berries.

Each serving has: 178 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein, 33 g carbs.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Did you know that oatmeal, apples and cinnamon all increase your metabolism? Talk about a great way to start your day! Have this with a cup of green tea (also boosts your metabolism) and you have both a beautiful breakfast and a strong body ready to take on the day.

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 apple cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Boil 1 3/4 cup of water, add in oatmeal and cinnamon, reduce to low and stir often until it thickens. Add in the maple syrup and mix well, move to two bowls and top with apples.

Each serving has: 129 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein, 27 g carbs.

Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Double chocolate… need I say more? If you are not yet a fan of healthy oatmeal recipes remember, it boosts metabolism. Try this recipe out, it is done in a unique way that makes it so creamy and delicious you will want it again and again. Plus the almond milk you slowly cook it in is not only sweet and full of calcium, but it also boosts metabolism!

The homemade chocolate syrup is so easy and fast, while you are cooking the oatmeal you can make it. Keep in mind, the Hershey’s stuff is full of preservatives, chemicals and thickening agents.

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dried cranberries or cherries (optional)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, vanilla, cocoa powder and if you desire some dried cranberries or cherries. Place on stove top and let it bubble away at your lowest setting, about 15-20 minutes then divide between two plates and top with chocolate syrup.

Each serving has: 284 calories, 6.5 g fat, 8 g fiber, 7 g protein, 50 g carbs.

Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Oatmeal

This creamy, metabolism boosting oatmeal recipe will impress even the biggest oatmeal skeptic. I love how the dried cranberries plump up as they cook in the oats. You can also swap out the vanilla for your favorite real extract, almond and coconut extract also go great, just reduce them to 1/2 teaspoon as they are stronger than vanilla extract.

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar- optional (add 11 calories per serving)

In a medium pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, cranberries, vanilla and cinnamon. Bring to a boil , cover and reduce to low and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, move to 2 bowls top with walnuts, and if you desire some light brown sugar.

Each serving has: 368 calories, 29 g fat, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein, 54 g carbs.

Oatmeal Berry Crumble

This Oatmeal Berry Crumble recipe is delicious, nutritious and versatile. You can make the crumble topping for almost any fruit. For peaches boil the halves for a few minutes so you can easily peel the skins off, or just use frozen peaches. For apples, core, peel and slice then replace the vanilla with cinnamon.

This recipe makes 4 servings.

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries quartered
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter -optional-

Heat the oven to 350 F and set 4 ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. In a large bowl combine berries, lemon zest, sugar and vanilla extract gently mixing together, divide between the ramekins. Set aside. Wipe out the bowl then combine the oatmeal and sugars for the crumble, mix together. Add two tablespoons of apple sauce (and optional butter) to the oatmeal mixture and mix with a spoon add in another tablespoon and mix repeating until it is just combined and not too wet. Using a teaspoon or your fingers ball up small teaspoon sized chunks and place them on top the berries in the ramekins. Do this for each, sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sugar and a pad of butter.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, let cool for 25 minutes before serving. Be sure to let it cool so the sugars can work on it and firm up the filling.

Note: Don’t use artificial sweeteners, otherwise your Berry Oatmeal Crumble will turn into a soupy mess. Use the real stuff, I took out over ½ a cup from the original recipe, but if you want to take more sugar out remove all of it from the topping and just lightly sprinkle ½ a teaspoon over the tops.

Each serving has: 219 calories, 2.5 g fat, 9 g fiber, 7 g protein, 55 g carbs.

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal

I love healthy oatmeal recipes. For me, there’s no better way to start the day than with a warm bowl of my healthy, delicious Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal. Almond Milk adds creaminess and sweetness and for only 60 calories per cup it is a much better choice than 2% milk, which is 122 calories per cup.

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (or steel cut)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

In a small sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, vanilla and blueberries, cover and heat on low until all the milk is absorbed about 15-20 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and move to a pretty bowl. Enjoy with green tea for a metabolism boosting breakfast.

Each serving has: 316 calories, 5 g fat, 9 g fiber, 6 g protein, 58 g carbs.

Maple Almond Oatmeal

I don’t know about you, but the smell of cinnamon and maple syrup always make me happy in the morning. This is a quick easy breakfast and so much better for you than the sugar and chemical laced little oatmeal packets. The Greek yogurt gives this dish a creamy consistency without all the calories of milk and also boosts the protein to keep you fuller longer. The almonds add a nice crunch and more protein, this healthy oatmeal recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, and is quick and delicious!

  • ¼ cup oatmeal (I use quick oats, but whatever you have in the house will work)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup Greek yogurt
  • Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

In a large pan toast the almond slices flipping until you can smell them, remove from pan to cool. Make the oatmeal according to the directions on the package, once done sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon, add in the yogurt and ½ the maple syrup and stir. Top with almonds and the rest of the maple syrup and dig in.

Each serving has: 171 calories, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein, 27 g carbs.

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Oatmeal is so incredibly good for you, it raises your metabolism, lowers your cholesterol and protects against diabetes and heart disease. I know it gets a bad rap on texture and flavor, that’s why I implore you to go get some good old fashioned oats. The quick oats are the paste like oatmeal, the old fashioned or steel cut they are so much better, bigger and have a completely different consistency.

  • 1/8 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (old fashioned or steel cut)
  • 1 teaspoon dried cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Toast the almonds in a skillet on medium heat just flip and flip until they are slightly toasted and remove to a plate… don’t worry they will toast up a little more while they cool.

In a small sauce pan bring a cup of water to a boil, add the oatmeal and cherries, reduce to low and stir occasionally until the water is all absorbed. Once water is absorbed add the almond extract, 1 1/2 tsp honey and stir. Place in a pretty dish (my great grandmother’s here) drizzle the last 1/2 tsp of honey over the tops, then add the almonds and enjoy.

Each serving has: 317 calories, 9 g fat, 6 g fiber, 9 g protein, 53 g carbs.

Oatmeal with Peaches, Cranberries and White Chocolate

Prepare to die and go to heaven! I recently had a cookie with peaches, cranberries and white chocolate and it was divine. I figured it would be fun to try this combo in a few new recipes (check out the scones) so I modified my usual oatmeal breakfast and couldn’t believe something so healthy could taste so good!

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal or steel cut
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped dried peaches
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, vanilla, peaches and cranberries, cover and heat on low until all the milk is absorbed about 15-20 minutes. Stir when you see it start to bubble and again about every 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add in the lemon zest and chocolate chips mix together and then plate in two pretty bowls.

Each serving has: 304 calories, 8 g fat, 6 g fiber, 7 g protein, 53 g carbs.


No matter what kind of healthy oatmeal recipe you decide to make, you can’t go wrong as long as it tastes good and encourages you to eat more oatmeal. With all the great weight loss benefits you get from eating healthy oatmeal recipes, you can be sure you’re doing your body good.

Don’t be put off by the carbohydrates in oatmeal, when you choose old fashioned or steal cut oats you are giving your body the complex carbohydrates your body needs to stay healthy. From increasing metabolism, to increasing cardiovascular health, oatmeal is a super-food you don’t want to miss out on.

And for a full guide to detoxing your body, read my Detox Diet Guide and you’ll discover how to flush your body of toxins quickly and easily.

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