3 Easy Oatmeal Recipes to Warm Up Your Mornings

It's oatmeal weather! Here are 3 easy recipes to add to your breakfast repertoire.
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It's oatmeal weather! Here are 3 easy recipes to add to your breakfast repertoire.

I hope the weather by you is a bit warmer than the weather in New York right now. It's starting to get really chilly outside! 

When the temperature starts dropping like this, I just can't seem to stomach cold yogurt or cereal for breakfast, and overnight oats really aren't that appealing either. Instead, I find myself constantly reaching for a hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning. 

If a hot bowl of cereal sounds good to you too, then this is definitely the article for you. Here are three easy oatmeal recipes to help warm up your mornings. 

1. Nut Butter and Fruit

I'm a huge fan of nut butters (if you haven't noticed from my other posts). They're jam-packed with heart-healthy fats and they provide the staying power you need to remain satiated and focused. If you love a good mix of salty and sweet, this one's for you.

Tart and nutty all in one bite. 

Tart and nutty all in one bite. 

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk; you can also sub water instead)

How to Make It:

First, add the oats, milk, vanilla extract, and dash of cinnamon to a microwave-safe bowl. Stir it all together and then microwave for a minute and a half (or more if desired). Mix your blueberries into the oats, top with peanut butter, and prepare yourself for the perfect blend of tartness, sweetness, and nuttiness. 

2. Bananas Foster Oats 

Ok so this won't be exactly the same as real bananas foster considering you'll be making it in your college dorm room, but it will definitely give you a similar sweet alternative you can make anytime. 

Dessert for breakfast? Don't mind if I do. Photo credit.

Dessert for breakfast? Don't mind if I do. Photo credit.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk; you can also sub water instead)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar 
  • 10 walnut halves, broken into tiny pieces 

How to Make It:

First, add the oats and milk to a microwave-safe bowl. Mix them together and then microwave for a minute and a half (or more if desired). Stir in the maple syrup, brown sugar, and walnuts and mix until fully combined. Last but not least, top with banana slices and a light (or not so light) sprinkle of brown sugar on top. 

3. Trail Mix Oatmeal

Trail mix oatmeal

This bowl can be whatever you want it to be. Photo credit.

This is the recipe for when you want all the flavors you crave in one bite. Mix and match the topping options to your liking!

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk; you can also sub water instead)
  • Topping ideas: Raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, banana chips, coconut shavings, dark chocolate chips

How to Make It:

First, add the oats and milk to a microwave-safe bowl. Mix them together and then microwave for a minute and a half (or more if desired). Then add in the toppings you want and you'll have yourself a customized breakfast bowl. Try combining dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, and almonds for an antioxidant kick in the morning or pumpkin seeds, pecans, white raisins, and pumpkin pie spice for some fall oats.

What Do You Think?

Do you like warm food for breakfast when it's cold outside? What's your favorite oatmeal recipe? If you give these a shot, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. Until then, I hope you all stay warm and enjoy the oats!