The cold and rainy mornings of fall are nearly upon us, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about some warming recipes for the autumn season. A bowl of oatmeal is the perfect companion for an autumnal morning when you would much rather stay in bed, wrapped up in the warmth of your duvet. Try these 10 oatmeal recipes and you’ll be jumping out of bed in the morning to reach for your oats, despite the weather!
1. Carrot Cake
Make your favourite dessert your new favourite breakfast with a bowl of carrot cake oatmeal that proves breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. With grated carrot and all the spices of a carrot cake, this oatmeal is warming and delicious; the perfect way to start a fall morning. This recipe is super quick and easy so you can make this on a weekday without prolonging your morning routine. Carrot cake oatmeal is also a great way to get some vegetables into your breakfast, especially if you can’t face a green smoothie as a wake-up call.
2. Cinnamon and Raisin
Cinnamon and raisin is your classic oatmeal recipe, but definitely not one to be overlooked. In any oatmeal you’re making this fall, cinnamon is a key ingredient to get that sweet and wintery taste, and you really don’t need much more to achieve a simple but delicious bowl of oatmeal. If you’re short on time, or your kitchen supplies are looking a little bare, a simple bowl of cinnamon and raisin porridge is the way to go – follow this easy recipe for a classic oatmeal taste. Finish by sprinkling some brown sugar on top for extra sweetness!
3. Banana Nut
Although usually constrained to muffins or breads, banana nut is also a great flavour to add to your morning oatmeal. Either stir in bananas once you’ve cooked your oatmeal, or mash them into the oats as you stir for extra flavour; the riper your bananas are, the sweeter your oatmeal will be. Pecans and walnuts work best in this oatmeal, retaining a little bit of crunch as you cook them, making them the perfect complement to your soft oats. This recipe only requires five ingredients – another quick and easy breakfast to keep you warm this fall!
4. Apple Pie
Another dessert favourite makes an appearance in this apple pie oatmeal. Apples and cinnamon are always the perfect wintery and warming combination and they continue to be when added to your oatmeal in the morning. This recipe gently sautes the apples with some butter and cinnamon before adding them in, which tastes great, but if you don’t have as much time you don’t have to do this. Simply add in your chopped apples as you stir to gently soften them for the perfect, easy apple pie oatmeal.
5. Peanut Butter and Jelly
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? So, why not mix up your favourite toast topping this fall and add this classic taste combination to your oatmeal. Stir in the peanut butter as you cook the oats to allow it to melt into the whole bowl for a strong, nutty taste.
Finish by adding your jelly, or just stewed berries, to the top for the perfect PB+J breakfast. Not only is this delicious (and slightly addictive), but the peanut butter is a great way to get some protein into your breakfast. This recipe is so easy to follow and even adds mashed banana and flaxseeds into the oats!
6. Quinoa Oatmeal
Hearing quinoa in the same sentence as oatmeal sounds pretty off-putting (at least it did to me the first time I heard it), but don’t knock it before you try it. Quinoa oatmeal is prepared almost the same to how you would make regular oatmeal and is a great alternative to oats for a gluten-free option. Just like regular oatmeal, you can make this on the stovetop or in the microwave, though I would recommend cooking this on the stove for the best taste.
It takes a little longer for the liquids to absorb to get a smooth and fluffy texture, but you’ll still get a delicious and warming result. Follow this detailed guide for making the perfect quinoa oatmeal to give this strange trend a try!
This fall, abandon your coco pops and get your morning chocolate fix with a bowl of oatmeal. This recipe only takes five minutes and uses all clean ingredients to get a delicious chocolatey taste into your morning in a healthy way. Simply stir cocoa or cacao powder into your oats as they cook, and a little banana for sweetness to achieve the perfect chocolate oatmeal – a delicious and warming way to start your mornings this fall!
8. Pumpkin Spice
No fall recipe guide is complete without something pumpkin spice flavoured. This trend that appears without fail in almost every food imaginable each year is also the perfect way to make your oatmeal. This fall, accompany your morning pumpkin spice latte with some pumpkin spice oatmeal – just add pumpkin purée and cinnamon into your oats and enjoy! Follow this recipe for a new way to get as much pumpkin spice into your diet as possible this fall!
9. Baked Oatmeal
If you’ve grown bored of your stovetop oatmeal every morning, try mixing it up with a tray of baked oatmeal. This recipe is perfect for weekend mornings when you’ve got a little more time to spare, or if you’re making breakfast for a group. Simply combine your oatmeal ingredients and traybake for a thicker, crunchier version of your regular morning oatmeal. Follow this recipe for baked blueberry oatmeal and you won’t be disappointed!
10. Coconut Milk Oatmeal
Whether you’re dairy-free, or you just enjoy the taste of coconut, this recipe is a great way to change up your oatmeal. Simply swap out your regular milk for coconut milk for an extra creamy texture and a sweet, nutty taste. You can top this oatmeal with any fruits or nut butter – blueberries are a great complement to the coconut but anything that you have will work! Try this delicious recipe for another easy way to warm up with some oatmeal this fall!