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20 Healthy & Delicious Oatmeal Variations

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Every time I find my clothes fitting a little too snug, I fine tune my diet by drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, and starting my day with oatmeal. The only problem is, a few days into this renewed healthy eating regimen, oatmeal gets really boring and being too lazy to whip up a healthy egg white breakfast alternative on a daily basis, this is where my diet gets sidetracked.

Oatmeal Variations To Help You Eat Healthy

To delay this eventual backslide into unhealthy eating habits, I try to get creative with my oatmeal so that it doesn’t seem like I’m eating the same thing every morning. Here are my more successful attempts.


Oatmeal Variations on a plate next to a bowl of oatmeal with a spoon in it with title text reading 20 Healthy Oatmeal Variations


I prefer steel cut oats so I usually make a big batch at the beginning of the week and reheat a small portion each day. If I buy instant oatmeal, I buy plain to avoid added sugar, but I will sometimes add stevia for sweetness. This lets me play with some savory flavors so I can really expand my options.

  • Cinnamon + applesauce + raisins
  • Dried cranberries + pistachios
  • Brown sugar + chopped walnuts
  • Jam or jelly + chopped nuts
  • Frozen berries + Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese + crushed pineapple
  • Crushed pineapple + mandarin orange slices + shredded coconut
  • Peanut butter + sliced banana
  • Peanut butter + honey
  • Peanut butter + Nutella
  • Nutella + sliced banana
  • Pumpkin puree + cinnamon + nutmeg
  • Turkey bacon (crumbled) + shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fried egg (or egg whites) + turkey bacon
  • Sautéed mushrooms + sautéed onions + thyme
  • Sautéed chopped spinach + feta cheese
  • Shredded carrots + honey and/or brown sugar
  • Black beans + frozen corn kernels + avocado + cumin + chili powder
  • Ricotta cheese + diced tomatoes + basil
  • Coffee + vanilla extract

Do you have your own favorite oatmeal variation? Please share it in the comments.

8 thoughts on “20 Healthy & Delicious Oatmeal Variations”

  1. I never thought to add vegetables to oatmeal before! It’s so interesting. Now, i’m going to have to try it. I have a daughter who loves everything with beans, so we will have to see how that goes. Such good suggestions.

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  3. I love these variations. There was a time I only did cinnamon and raisin (practically EVERY day) until my boys gave me the grumpy face. These ideas will definitely make a difference!! Thank you 🙂 Via CBN

    • LOL. I too have seen the grumpy face! I hope they like some of these better.

  4. I love oatmeal for breakfast, but as you said, it can get boring quickly. All of these variations sound good. I recently tried fresh cranberries and cinnamon. It was really good. I will try some of your variations too!

  5. pinned this cause we love homemade oatmeal but think the kids are tired of just maple syrup and brown sugar. Thanks for sharing my free blog planner too and being awesome and following me all over social media too! I appreciate it and followed you too. Look forward to getting to know you and your blog better!

  6. I haven’t had oatmeal in forever because believe it or not, I’m the only one around here that likes it (outside of in granola bars or cookies). I like cranberries and chopped apples in mine.

  7. What great ideas! Ricotta and oatmeal sounds heavenly. I’ll be trying it tomorrow morning, for sure.


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