50 Recipes for Oats for Superfood Meals

Oats in an open glass jar

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Our Superfood Recipes Series gathers up great recipes for the most amazing superfoods, inspiring you to add these healthy ingredients to any meal.

Oats are an important grain -- so important, they've been named a superfood. Oats contain manganese, a mineral that helps bone formation. In fact, just one cup of oats gives you 70% of your daily manganese dose. Along with that comes healthy helpings of vitamin B1 and magnesium. The fiber content of oats helps regulate your blood sugar, keeping you full and satisfied for longer periods of time. And that's not all; the fiber in oats can also help your cholesterol.

According to Mother Nature Network:

In a review of several studies on oatmeal’s benefits, published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the data concludes that the soluble fiber in oats does indeed lower cholesterol and contains properties that bolster cardiovascular health.
Other oatmeal benefits mentioned in the study include:
Preventing oxidation of arteries
Curbing weight gain
Preventing type 2 diabetes
Bolstering the immune system

From helping ward off cancer to regulating your digestive system, from reducing hypertension to helping with weight loss, oats are a real wonder-food. Not only are oats good for you, but they're really fun to cook with, providing practically limitless possibilities for recipes throughout the day. There are amazingly delicious ways to add oats to your diet, from smart breakfasts to savory lunches, from comforting breads to sweet desserts. We found lots of vegan ideas, too! Let us know which of these you try, and add your own recipes to the list in the comments.


Breakfast parfait with yogurt and granola in a glass jar
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Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Blueberries

Recipe: TreeHugger

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Recipe: Yummly

Pumpkin Breakfast Bake with Streusel Topping
Recipe: Attune Foods

Tropical Pineapple Boozy Baked Oatmeal
Recipe: Oh She Glows

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats
Recipe: Free People

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Squares (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Recipe: 86 Lemons

Portable Baked Oatmeal – Snack Size!
Recipe: Oh She Glows

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Recipe: AllRecipes

Basic granola recipe for quick and healthy breakfasts and snacks
Recipe: TreeHugger

Breakfast Parfaits in Mason Jars with Granola
Recipe: TreeHugger

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Recipe: Food Network

Apricot Oatmeal Bars
Recipe: Food Network

4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars
Recipe: The Kitchn

Essential Travel Oatmeal
Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

Chocolate Oatmeal Pudding Breakfast Cake
Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

Lunch and Dinner:

Bowl of oatmeal topped with mushrooms
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Savory Oatmeal with Sauteed Mushroom/Onion & Thyme
Recipe: A Bachelor and His Grill

Avocado & Kale Oatmeal
Recipe: Whisked

Spicy oatmeal with peanuts, cilantro and ginger
Recipe: The Mija Chronicles

Savory Spinach Oats
Recipe: A Girl and Her Food Processor

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Roasted Butternut
Recipe: Spoonful of Sugar Free

Vegetable Oats Upma
Recipe: Archana's Kitchen

Savory Oatmeal with Scallions and Soy Sauce
Recipe: Serious Eats

Oatmeal with Apples, Gruyere and Rosemary
Recipe: Shelbs and Cheese

Curried Oatmeal with Caramelized Onions
Recipe: Tea and Cookies

Baked Breads:

Loaf of home baked oat bread
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Vegan Oatmeal Bread
Recipe: WikiHow

Robin Hood Oatmeal Raisin Bread
Recipe: Yummly

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Recipe: Baker Bettie

Maple Oatmeal Bread
Recipe: Taste of Home

Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Bread
Recipe: AllRecipes

Gingerbread Oatmeal Bread
Recipe: Yummly

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls
Recipe: Taste of Home

Basic Vegan Gluten-free Oatmeal Quickbread
Recipe: Gluten-Free Vegan Girl

Sweet Brown Oatmeal Bread (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Recipe: Tessa The Domestic Diva

Whole-Wheat Maple Oatmeal Bread
Recipe: Holy Cow

Coconut Quinoa Banana Bread (Vegan)
Recipe: Coffee and Quinoa

Baked Sweets:

3 vegan oatmeal raisin cookies stacked on a small plate
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Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Recipe: Cookie Madness

Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal
Recipe: Oh She Glows

Oatmeal Shortbread
Recipe: Yummly

Crispy Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Killer Bunnies

Vegan Raspberry Peach Oatmeal Cake
Recipe: The Smart Kitchen

Vegan Cinnamon Oat Coffee Cake
Recipe: Eff Yeah It's Vegan

Oat Cake with Blueberries and Blackberries
Recipe: Martha Stewart

The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
Recipe: Pinch of Yum

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars
Recipe: Kath Eats Real Food

Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars
Recipe: Money Saving Mom

Chocolate, hazelnut and oatmeal cookies
Recipe: TreeHugger

Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Keepin' It Kind

Vegan Apple & Oat Tartlets
Recipe: Green Kitchen Stories

Nectarine-Topped Oatmeal Cake
Recipe: Pickles and Honey

Vegan Oatmeal Creme Pie
Recipe: Vegan Meal Planning