7 ways to think outside the oatmeal bowl

autumn-fig-oatmeal Porridge, mush, morning fuel… no matter what you call it, oatmeal has officially gone trendy. The once humble breakfast staple is popping up in creative ways on restaurant menus and Instagram alike. Full of fiber and disease-fighting nutrients, it’s only fair that the grain gets its own national holiday on October 29 (consider it the healthy Halloween precursor).

So we’ve curated seven ridiculously inventive takes on traditional oatmeal from top food bloggers. Sweet or savory, these bowls have serious wow-factor and exude deliciousness. Consider them healthy Goldilocks approved. —Willa Tellekson-Flash

(Photo: The Hanging Spoon)


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savory_oatmeal_1 1. Savoury Oatmeal with Poached Egg

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be sweet! Egg, avocado, parmesan, and (totally optional) ham make for a delicious bowl on the ultra-fueling side.

(Photo: What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today)


Overnight Oats 2. Maple Chia Overnight Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Overnight oats are your busy morning’s best friend. The night before, mix ingredients together in a mason jar, refrigerate overnight, and your breakfast will be waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. “The oats still have some bite to them, and along with the chia seeds, which plump up after a few hours in the fridge, you get this killer weekday porridge that tastes good cold or hot,” writes Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe.

(Photo: Feed Me Phoebe)


Spiced-Oatmeal-Smoothie-Bowl 3. Spiced Apple and Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl

What happens when you take one breakfast trend (oatmeal) and add it to another (smoothie bowls)? A meal that’s as good for you as it is for your Instagram account. We love spiced apple because it’s practically the embodiment of fall, but Kitchen Konfidence’s Brandon provides several options to vary the flavor of your smoothie bowl. (There’s even a pumpkin spice option, so get that camera phone ready.)

(Photo: Kitchen Konfidence)


savory baked oatmeal skillet
4. Savory Baked Oatmeal Skillet

Carey of Reclaiming Provincial is a self-proclaimed ex-picky eater—but even her mind’s been changed when it comes to oatmeal, thanks to this dish. “When you have those extra minutes to spare, this is so, so worth it, especially if you crack a couple eggs in there too,” she writes. “You get a crispy oatmeal top and some serious runny eggy goodness. It’s ridiculously delicious.”

(Photo: Reclaiming Provincial)


autumn-fig-oatmeal 5. Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

Fabulous figs are the star of this healthy recipe. And for good reason: “This oatmeal breakfast bowl is packed with energy boosting nutrients, fiber, and is rich in copper (a key nutrient in energy production) from the figs,” explains Donna Castellano, nutritionist and creator of The Hanging Spoon.

(Photo: The Hanging Spoon)


Sweet potato oatmeal porridge 6. Oat and Sweet Potato Porridge

Looking for a dairy-free oatmeal option that doesn’t taste like a boring beige breakfast? The sweet potato puree in this delicious recipe makes the porridge creamy, savory, and full of vitamins that will make your nutritionist happy. Factor in the cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom, which give this breakfast a special brilliance, and you have a really yummy brunch plan.

(Photo: A Brown Table)


Blackberry and Goat Cheese Oatmeal 7. Blackberry Goat Cheese Oatmeal

It turns out that blackberries and goat cheese are a match made in oatmeal heaven. “A small, yet salient, crumbling of goats’ cheese adds the perfect amount of tang against the sweet berries. The combination is decadent, savory, and honey-sweet at the same time,” writes Meghan Faulkner, the young blogger behind Oatgasm, a blog once solely devoted to—you guessed it—oatmeal recipes.

(Photo: Oatgasm)


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