7 Healthy Recipes That Let You Make Oatmeal More Interesting

Oatmeal has long been a breakfast favorite for its sweet taste and satisfying nutritive qualities — in fact, just a halfcup of oats contains 13.2 grams of protein and 8.3 grams of fiber, reports the USDA. However, with a little culinary creativity, you can enjoy a savory oatmeal dish at any time of day, giving your body the fuel it needs to keep you energized for hours.

Cook up any of these seven savory oatmeals to indulge in a warm, satiating meal — whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Pancetta

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Steel-cut oatmeal with sweetcorn | iStock.com

Women’s Health shares this oat-based recipe, which gains its unique flavor through corn, tomato, and piquant pancetta. The recipe was actually developed by Quaker Oats’ Chief Oatmeal Officer (yes, that’s a real position), Samantha Stephens, who owns a restaurant called OatMeals in New York City. Now this is a woman who knows her oatmeal! Stephens’s recipe yields 4 servings and takes 40 minutes to complete.


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups fresh corn or frozen, thawed
  • ½ cup pancetta, diced (bacon, prosciutto, or ham can be substituted if desired)
  • 2 small shallots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Grated Pecorino cheese


Check out the full recipe directions at Woman’s Day

2. Miso Oat Porridge

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Spoon filled with oatmeal | iStock.com

Feel free to add any number of your own favorite ingredients to this oatmeal from FoodFitnessFreshAir, as the recipe starts out rather simply. A bit of tangy miso spruces up the flavors of the oats, while a crispy vegetable like radish can deliver a fresh taste with a bit of bite. It takes 15 minutes to complete and serves 4 people.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon miso, or to taste
  • Topping options: Thinly sliced radishes, toasted walnuts, toasted sesame seeds, minced herbs, minced sweet onion, creme fraiche, etc.

Check out the full recipe directions at FoodFitnessFreshAir

3. Sauteed Mushroom, Onion, and Thyme Oatmeal

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Mushroom breakfast porridge | iStock.com

A Bachelor and His Grill offers a sophisticated recipe with the rich, smoky flavors of gouda, combined with hearty crimini mushrooms and other delightful flavors. Fragrant thyme gives the dish a light and distinct finish. You’ll love how the gouda melts to perfection in the warm steel-cut oats, while the sautéed vegetables add mouthwatering flavor and texture to the final product.


  • 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup smoked gouda, finely grated
  • 6 to 8 ounces crimini mushrooms
  • 3 to 5 whole sprigs fresh thyme, plus 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves (garnish)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ medium onion, finely sliced
  • Flaky sea salt/cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional to taste

Check out the full recipe directions at A Bachelor and His Grill

4. Greek Oatmeal with Figs, Pine Nuts, and Feta

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Get a taste of Greek living at home with this savory oatmeal from Healthy Green Kitchen. The dish incorporates sweet dried figs and salty, crumbly feta cheese, in addition to crunchy pine nuts for texture. This subtle, satisfying offering — flavored lightly with olive oil and cracked pepper — indulges your palette without overwhelming it. The recipe yields 2 servings.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup organic thick rolled oats
  • 6 dried calmyra figs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, raw or lightly toasted in a dry skillet
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese, or more to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Check out the full recipe directions at Healthy Green Kitchen

5. Pumpkin-Leek Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with pecans

Pumpkin-leek oatmeal | iStock.com

In The Oatmeal Artist, the mild flavors of pumpkin and leek blend wonderfully with the robust tastes of rosemary and sage. The Oatmeal Artist’s recipe takes just 10 minutes to complete and yields 1 serving. Enjoy!


  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • ⅛ cup sliced leeks
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary needles

Check out the full recipe directions at The Oatmeal Artist

6. Oat Risotto with Peas and Pecorino

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Pea porridge | iStock.com

Inspired by the classic Italian dish, this oat “risotto” is a thick and flavorful oat porridge offering the savory flavors of pecorino, mild chicken stock, and leeks. Taking just 35 minutes to complete, Food & Wine requires less intensive effort and time than your typical risotto, yielding 6 servings per batch.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, white and tender green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 5 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas (5 ounces), thawed
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pecorino shavings

Check out the full recipe directions at Food & Wine

7. Egg and Sriracha Oatmeal

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Oats and nuts provide the protein- and fiber-rich base for this delightful dish, and topping the indulgence with eggs will keep your body fueled for hours. The dish is packed with bursts of flavor from its soy sauce, rosemary, garlic, and — of course — Sriracha! The Sriracha Cookbook’s recipe takes 20 minutes to complete and yields 2 generous servings.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • Small handful whole cashews
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Check out the full recipe directions at The Sriracha Cookbook

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