25 Sweet & Savory Oatmeal to Keep You Warm & Cozy

In the middle of all the soups and stews we are enjoying right now, I am sharing you 25 oatmeal variations that you can add to your cold night meal rotation. Be it for breakfast or snack, oatmeal is such an easy item too prepare. My love for oatmeal started few years ago, and since then this has always been part of my meal. The good thing about oatmeal, you can have it anytime of the year. There’s oatmeal variation for everyone, sweet or savory, hot or cold. Let me share with you 25 ways of enjoying oatmeal. I hope you’ll find one or more to enjoy for yourself. Let me know which ones caught your eye.

Mushroom Porridge Oatmeal

This is the first savory oatmeal the shared in my blog that convinced me to give savory oatmeal a chance. This oatmeal is bursting with flavor from onion and mushroom plus all the spices married in this bowl. Think of this a a porridge made with oatmeal instead of rice, hence the name Mushroom Porridge Oatmeal.

Garlic Oats with Fried Egg

Talk about comfort in one bowl. This savory Garlic Oats with Fried Egg is so simple, with very few basic ingredients and yet it it full of flavor in every spoonful. This oatmeal was flavored by toasted garlic and seasoned with just salt and peppers but you have to trust me when I say, it was really good. It was creamy, and the oozing yolk of the fried egg made it even better.

Single Serving Strawberry Crisp Oatmeal

This oatmeal version is a mash-up between breakfast oatmeal and Strawberry Crisp. In fact, I used my Strawberry Crisp leftover as a topping for this oatmeal. Nice warm oatmeal, topped with fresh Strawberry and crunchy crisp.

Single Serving Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

This oatmeal is a mash-up between my classic oatmeal and my Homemade Caramelized Banana. Fresh banana cooked in brown sugar and butter to create a nice caramel syrup that coats the ripe banana.

Single Serving Pear Almond Crumble Oatmeal

You probably noticed by now how much i like using crisp and crumble as topping for my oatmeal. This version is a mashup between my classic oatemal and Pear Almond Crumble. The Pear was first cook to softened it, then finish off in the oven with the crumble topping.

Single Serve Coconut Mango Oatmeal

How about a tropical oatmeal version? This Coconut and Mango Oatmeal is one of my Summer favorite oatmeal. Make the most of the fresh Mango and use it as topping, add some sweetened flaked coconut and you will be in Summer mode early in the morning.

Single Serving Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

This is probably one of the unique variation I had so far. Chocolate lovers favorite. Almost like a rice pudding but the healthier version.

Single Serving Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

This Blueberry Banana Oatmeal is another Summer favorite variation. I used a combination of Homemade Blueberry Sauce and fresh Blueberry on top plus my all time favorite banana.

Single Serving Banana & Chia Seed Oatmeal

The first oatmeal post I made was this classic Banana and Chia Seed Oatmeal. I was still new on this and was just playing on what I have on hand. Turned out pretty well, this basically started the rest of the 11 variations I have in my website.

Single Serving Black Forest Oatmeal

My kind of breakfast and dessert oatmeal in one. Made with classic oatmeal recipe with the addition of cocoa powder to give a nice decadent taste. The topping was my Homemade Cherry Sauce, plus a little drizzle of cream on top.

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pie (less the crust) and oatmeal in one. Classic base oatmeal mixed with pumpkin puree and topped with Pecan crumble, with a slight hint of cinnamon flavor.

Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

Warm comforting Apple Pie Oatmeal loaded with fresh Apple, topped with crunchy Pecan and spiced with Fall spices. It can never get more Fall than this.

Mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal

This is one of my unique oatmeal variation. The same classic oatmeal mixed with mashed sweet potato and topped with sliced banana, strawberry and some granola for crunch.

Mashed Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog

Last but not the least, my holiday themed oatmeal. This Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog Oatmeal is very festive and truly a nice warm way to wake up in the morning. Make the most of the eggnog and make this Eggnog oatmeal

Caramelized Apple Oatmeal

A warm bowl of Caramelized Apple Oatmeal to keep us going in the chilly weather of Fall Season. This oatmeal is screaming Fall with the generous topping of caramelized Apple. Fall is just getting started, so let us embrace and celebrate it.

Very Berry Explosion Oatmeal

Simple hearty oatmeal loaded with assortment of fresh Berries, easy to prepare, can be made ahead of time, good for your health and delicious. What else at you looking for? This Very Berry Explosion Oatmeal is exactly what is says it is. Explosion of Berries inside and out, its pure deliciousness for breakfast.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Our oatmeal flavor of the month is Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal. A basic oatmeal (as always) with a creamy touch from spoonful of creamy peanut butter, topped with more peanut butter, chopped roasted peanuts and slices of fresh banana.

Slow Cooked Big Batch Oatmeal

A big batch of oatmeal is a good way to stock-up your fridge with readily available breakfast for the entire week. Not only that it is very easy to cook, there are endless variations that you can make from a simple basic oatmeal recipe. Oatmeal keeps you feel full longer so you can avoid frequent snacking before lunch time arrives

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

More Summer loving for You with this Peaches and Cream Oatmeal. A creamy rolled oats sweetened with brown sugar and topped with homemade Peach Fruit Filling plus slices of Peaches too and of course, a doll up of homemade whipped cream (or maybe more because whipped cream made this oatmeal almost like a breakfast dessert)

Purple Yam Coconut Oatmeal

This oatmeal is quite unique (in color and taste) but absolutely delicious . Purple Yam Coconut Oatmeal is another one of my oatmeal variation which stands out from all the rest because of its natural vibrant purple color. It was quite interesting, but it turned out well, something that I wouldn’t mind making again, and again.

Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog Oatmeal

What could be more fitting than a Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog Oatmeal for the Holiday season. It is rich and creamy, simple and easy, and a great hearty comforting food from all the sweet treats that surround us during this festive season.

Eggs and Beans Oatmeal

Easy English Style Oatmeal (with Beans and Egg), great for quick filling breakfast that is ready in less than 30 minutes. If you haven’t tried savory oatmeal, this is a chance to give it a go. This savory oatmeal uses the same basic savory oatmeal as base, but was made special by the addition of egg and beans to go with it.

Turmeric Garlic Oatmeal

Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric is a powerful combination to boost our immune system, and this Turmeric & Garlic Savory Oatmeal got it all. This oatmeal is currently my favorite breakfast option these past few days that I had been staying at home. A hot bowl of savory oatmeal, flavorful, filling and packed with antioxidant, plus it is a delicious way to boost our immune system. Give it a try. 

EggNog Chocolate Oatmeal

Here is a bowl of hot, creamy and decadent Egg Nog Chocolate Oatmeal, perfect for a cold weather and the Holiday season. Cheers to the season of Egg Nog! You can drink it to your pleasure, but for me I enjoy egg nog better when I used it for my oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, scones, cookies and anything where I can use it for baking. For this post, we are keeping ourselves warm and we will use egg nog for making our oatmeal.

Stewed Berries Oatmeal

Quick and easy breakfast oatmeal topped with Stewed Berries. No need to worry even if Berries are not in season. Stewed Berries can be made using either fresh of frozen mix Berries and can be sweetened with any sweetener of your choice. You can use it not only for oatmeal. Think about toppings for ice cream or sundae, pancake, waffle and french toast. Oatmeal is just the start, a delicious start if I may stress.

There you go guys. 12 wonderful, delicious oatmeal variation for you to choose from. Let me know which one is your favorite. ENJOY!

Types of Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.

Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.

Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.

Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.

Basic Oatmeal Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
  • 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon Flax Seed
  • 3 tablespoon Raisins

Instructions:

Pour water and milk in a pan. Add rolled oats, flax seed and raisins and simmer in medium heat for about 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, and cook for another 5 minutes. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.

Re-heating

One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as  necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. You can also add more liquid while cooking it, this way it remains slightly runny and you won’t need to add liquid to it when you re-heat it. Easy breezy! Enjoy

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