Your search for the perfect breakfast food ends here. Stovetop oatmeal is one of the most satisfying ways to start your day, and there are countless ways to make it so fresh and flavorful. Not only is it delicious and filling, it’s also incredibly high in fiber and antioxidants, 100% whole grain, gluten free/vegetarian friendly, and great for digestion, gut health, and energy. So basically, it’s the perfect way to start your day. While there are so many ways to prepare oats (overnight, baked, crockpot, etc) we love stovetop oats because there’s nothing better than a fresh, hot bowl of deliciousness first thing in the AM. Here are our ten favorite stovetop oatmeal recipes!
1. Peach Cobbler
This is my absolute favorite way to make stovetop oats. It’s just as juicy and luscious as a fresh baked, peach cobbler, but you can gobble a bowl of this down guilt-free! The recipe calls for cooking the peaches in the oatmeal for just one minute, but I like cooking it for a bit longer so that the peaches get really soft and juicy, bursting with all the notes of the delicious spices and coconut sugar. I also love topping it with more coconut sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, and my favorite maple walnut probiotic granola. Extra points if you can find some local peaches in season that are especially sweet and juicy. This is such an easy recipe to make and such a treat to eat!
This stovetop oatmeal recipe is such a fun twist on the traditional horchata drink. It’s so creamy and toasty with cinnamon and thin almond slivers. It calls for almond milk, but I think it is especially wonderful with this homemade cashew milk (which is also incredible in homemade lattes and cappuccinos!). I also love adding a scoop of vanilla protein which not only rounds it out with delicious vanilla notes, but also adds a nice punch of energy to my morning!
3. Chocolate Covered Strawberry
This decadent stovetop oatmeal is an absolute treat. It tastes like a luxurious Valentine’s Day dessert for breakfast. This recipe is delicious as is, but I love making it even healthier by cutting all the sugar and replacing the cocoa powder and maple syrup with my favorite plant based chocolate protein powder. It’s the only protein powder I’ve come across that doesn’t have that chalky taste and truly tastes like a brownie! I also like adding more milk to this recipe so that it gets really creamy and simmering the fresh strawberries in it all for a few minutes so that they get really soft and juicy (just like with the peaches in the peach cobbler recipe). This recipe is packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and will leave you bursting with energy all day!
4. Mocha Latte
This stovetop oatmeal recipe is for all the coffee lovers out there. Make your morning routine a breeze by combining your coffee and breakfast all in one! The dark chocolate and cocoa powder make it rich and sweet, and the freshly steamed espresso-coconut milk combination poured over makes it ultra creamy and satisfying. I love using Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips to prevent a sugar crash mid morning from all the chocolate. It’s sweetened with stevia so it’s still sweet, just without the sugar and calories. The coconut, chia seeds, and flax seeds add a wonderful, superfood crunch. This is another recipe that tastes like dessert but will power you through the day!
5. Carrot Cake
This wonderful stovetop oatmeal recipe lets you enjoy all the rich, aromatic, satisfying flavors of carrot cake in a healthy, breakfast bowl version! Even better, it includes a full serving of vegetables and is rich in fiber, beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. It’s especially wonderful topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, toasted walnuts, and unsweetened, shredded coconut. It’s so easy to make and is a wonderful way to sneak in veggies for breakfast!
6. Strawberries & Cream
There’s nothing like this creamy and luxurious stovetop oatmeal recipe. It’s SO good you guys. The best part is how the strawberry milk is made first by blending the fresh strawberries with the milk. This is another recipe that’s just divine with my favorite homemade cashew milk. It’s ultra creamy and truly puts the cream in strawberries and cream. It’s also loaded with healthy fats, fiber, copper, and magnesium (all important for immunity, energy, hormone regulation, bone health, and brainpower). There’s no added sugar to this recipe, and depending on how ripe and sweet the strawberries are you don’t need it. Sometimes I’ll add a teaspoon of stevia to it if it needs a little extra boost. I adore topping a bowl of this oatmeal with more fresh-cut strawberries and chia seeds for a little added crunch, protein, fiber, and energy! It’s truly the perfect breakfast meal. This recipe is also wonderful with other fruits-raspberries, mango, peaches, and blackberries would all work wonderfully in this classic fruit and cream combination.
7. Pumpkin Pecan Pie
If you’re craving some cozy, fall flavors, this is the stovetop oatmeal for you. This rich and aromatic recipe is full of pumpkin, toasted pecans, and the best fall spices. This recipe is actually for a slow cooker, but I just use the same premise to make a stovetop version. It also calls for steel-cut oats, but I prefer rolled oats because they cook much faster and make my mornings easier. First I cook the oats with milk and water (I only use one and a half cups water not three), and once they are soft I add in the spices, pumpkin, and everything else to let it all simmer together. I cook it on medium-low for about ten minutes. It’s incredible topped with freshly toasted pecans for extra crunch and warmth! (I’ll toast the pecans in the oven at 350 degrees for five minutes.) A warm bowl of this pumpkin pecan pie oatmeal will start your day out on the coziest note.
6. Apple Pie
If you just plain need to go at a pie with a fork, this is the stovetop oatmeal for you. It’s warm, creamy, sweet, and bursting with apple-cinnamon goodness. The best part is the pillow of fresh-baked, cinnamon apples on top. It’s SO satisfying. And as a bonus, there’s no added sugar in this recipe- just dates! Also, can we talk about dates? They’re sticky, sugary goodness but they are literally just fruit so they don’t count as real sugar. It makes the need for any kind of sugar go away (even “good” sugar like maple syrup or coconut sugar), which is perfect for avoiding that midmorning crash. I love topping this recipe with flax seeds, toasted pecans, and an extra dash of cinnamon. Get ready for the most wonderful, apple pie-like breakfast treat.
9. Banana Bread
This stovetop oatmeal recipe is so easy to make and wonderfully reminiscent of a warm loaf of fresh-baked, banana bread. The natural sweetness of the banana is ever-present in every bite and the brown sugar and walnuts add the perfect touch. This is one stovetop oatmeal that I don’t sub out the brown sugar. It lends such a classic flavor to this cozy recipe and rounds it out just perfectly. I love letting the pot of oatmeal simmer with the brown sugar to get it really absorbed in, and then let the bananas simmer in there for a few minutes as well to get them really soft. I also add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. This recipe is so easy to make and is perfectly topped off with a pinch of brown sugar, cinnamon, and more walnuts. If you want to be fancy, you can make this version of banana bread stovetop oatmeal which includes caramelizing the bananas in butter (it’s so incredible and is the perfect, luxurious, Sunday morning breakfast!).
10. Peanut Butter & Jelly
And finally, peanut butter and jelly stovetop oatmeal! This is such a delightfully, nostalgic meal that’ll leave you reminiscing in childlike wonder all day. It’s just sweet enough, and you can customize it with your favorite flavor of jelly and most ideal peanut butter (Crunchy? Smooth? Salted? Naturally ground-up peanuts?). I personally adore homemade peach jam and crunchy peanut butter for added texture. This recipe calls for adding the peanut butter and jelly on top at the end, and while that’s delicious I like cooking the oats in some peanut butter and jelly as well to get all the flavors in every bite. This is probably the easiest stovetop oatmeal recipe to make as all you have to do is boil the oatmeal and add in a scoop or two of pb&j! Add a dash of chia seeds on top for some extra protein and fiber and enjoy this warm and wonderful bowl of nostalgic bliss!
Which stovetop oatmeal recipe are you the most excited to try? Let us know your favorites and what ends up being the best for you!
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