15 Best Oatmeal Recipes for Weight Loss
Rolled-cut oats are a lot more universal than you think! Sure, you can make a bowl of oatmeal or overnight oats in a flash with a scoop of oats. But did you know rolled-cut oats are great for making other types of dishes like breads, pancakes, and even smoothies? With so many possibilities, we decided to round up a few of our favorite healthy oatmeal recipes for you right here!
Plus, oatmeal is one of the best foods to eat for a longer life! It's a resistant start that can help lower your LDL "bad" cholesterol and is full of fiber—a key nutrient that helps you lose weight. So you might as well add rolled-cut oats into your diet with these clever oatmeal recipes!
Are you on a diet that restricts you from eating rolled-cut oats? No worries—we listed off some of our favorite oat-free oatmeal recipes as well so you can join in on the fun! Read on for our best oatmeal recipes, and for more healthy eating inspiration, check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.
Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana
We love this oatmeal with peanut butter and banana recipe for its good-for-you ingredients. It makes a healthy morning meal you can have ready in minutes.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana.
Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats
Instant oatmeal varieties are often loaded with extra sugar, along with less protein. (Even traditional oatmeal, prepared stovetop, can be heavy in carbs and low on protein.) But with overnight oats, you'll have all of the convenience of the prepackaged options, but with more health benefits. The milk and Greek yogurt add protein, and the flax seeds add even more fiber. Plus, this version is way tastier than anything store-bought. If you crave a breakfast pastry or a sweet morning meal, this cinnamon roll overnight oats recipe is for you!
Get our recipe for Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats.
Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats
Fresh mango cubes and grated ginger give this oat recipe a kick. And if you really want an explosion of flavor and texture, try topping your oats with pomegranate seeds, too. Think outside the box when it comes to which fruits go with oatmeal, and you might be surprised how much you like the result.
Get our recipe for Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
This peanut butter overnight oats recipe is bound to become one of your go-to healthy breakfasts! You only need five ingredients to mix it together, and pairs perfectly with fresh berries sprinkled on top.
Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples
Oats and wheat flour give these pancakes a fiber and protein boost, helping stabilize your blood sugar levels as your body absorbs the rush of carbs that comes with a stack of flapjacks.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples.
Not only do the oats and almonds give this dish a shot of fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants you wouldn't find in a standard flour-based crumble, but the crunchy texture of the topping makes for a more rewarding contrast to the soft cooked apples.
Get our recipe for Apple Crumble.
Oatmeal–Chocolate Chip Cookies
The wonder of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies lies in the texture: a perfectly chewy interplay of butter-softened flour and baked oats, with a surprising jolt of chocolaty goodness. The oatmeal provides a great opportunity to bring a healthy ingredient to a dessert.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Plant-Based Smoothie 10: Chai Tea and Oats Smoothie
This luscious smoothie contains masala chai tea, along with oats and dates to keep you full and satisfied until lunch. Masala chai is black tea blended with fragrant spices that include cardamom and ginger, among others. Using tea is a great way to add flavor and health benefits to smoothies. Studies indicate black tea, the base of masala chai, may help provide mental clarity and boost mood and work performance. Not a bad start to the day!
Get our recipe for a Chai Tea and Oats Smoothie.
Apple Pie with Crunch Topping
Here, we replace the second crust with a crunchy topping made of oats, chopped almonds, and brown sugar, providing a perfect textural counterpoint to the soft baked apples while actually bolstering the overall nutrition of the dessert. Now you can have your low calories and eat your pie, too!
Get our recipe for Apple Pie with Crunch Topping.
Cocoa-Coconut Oat Cookies with Chocolate Chunks
Looking for something sweet and chocolaty to satisfy that craving you have? These cookies have all of that, and more, by packing in some nutritious oats and coconut into the batter.
Get our recipe for Cocoa-Coconut Oat Cookies with Chocolate Chunks.
Our zucchini bread focuses on all-natural ingredients, and because of that homemade oat flour, the loaf is even gluten-free. It's naturally sweetened with honey and a few chocolate baking morsels. It has cinnamon, of course, but the pinch of nutmeg really sets our zucchini bread apart from the rest.
Get our recipe for Zucchini Bread.
Pear Cardamom Oats Smoothie
Oats provide a creamy and sweet smoothie base, whether you're adding them directly to the smoothie or using a plant-based oat beverage. Pacific Foods' oat beverage is a good source of lactose and soy-free calcium that also contains vitamin D. And it's naturally sweetened with organic oats! Since an oat beverage traditionally works well in baked goods, it's perfect for a recipe that gives a nod to a pear crisp in flavor.
Get our recipe for a Pear Cardamom Oats Smoothie.
When the weather starts to get chilly, nothing seems quite as cozy as oatmeal for breakfast. However, oats are verboten when you're following the paleo diet, so that puts porridge-seekers in a bit of a pickle. But it doesn't mean you have to give up entirely. Turns out, there are plenty of paleo-approved ingredients that, when smashed together, actually resemble oatmeal. This paleo oatmeal recipe will satisfy oat lovers without derailing the paleo diet.
Get our recipe for Paleo Oatmeal.
Grain Free Oatmeal
This recipe reimagines the classic oatmeal for Whole30 and paleo diets, and is also vegan and gluten-free. With a powerhouse list of ingredients from flaxseed and chia to almond flour and nuts, you'll enjoy a filling breakfast that won't spike your sugar levels leaving you starving before lunchtime.
Get our recipe for Grain Free Oatmeal.
Keto Berries and Cream Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a delicious, time-saving morning treat, and you can easily customize the recipe to your liking. To make a keto version of overnight oats, you'll be skipping the grains and starting with a base of hemp hearts. Hemp hearts are basically shelled hemp seeds, and they're a perfect low carb alternative. These superfood seeds clock in at 1 gram per 3 tablespoons, making them a power-packed addition to a super nutrition batch of oats.
Get our recipe for Keto Berries and Cream Overnight Oats.
Or simply make a bowl of oatmeal and try your own combination with these 11 Healthy Oatmeal Toppings That Help You Lose Weight.