5 Favourite Hot Oatmeal Recipes

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There’s a chill in the air.

Actually, that’s a lie because it’s quite warm outside as I write this post. I’m in a tank top and shorts right now! Hardly Fall temperatures, but then again it’s still summer for another week.

However, tomorrow morning is supposed to be a classic Fall morning- crisp, 8C, sunny, and full with promise. The promise of hot oatmeal. Cinnamon. Maybe stinky fuzzy slippers. That’s a perfect Fall morning to me.

I’ve been on a huge hot oatmeal kick these days. The other morning, I was busy working on a mushroom recipe challenge and Eric graciously offered to make me some oatmeal for breakfast. In other words, I begged him until he finally gave in. I love when men just offer to make things out of the blue like that, don’t you? ;)

I may have uttered the words, “I’m going to waste away to nothing” in a moment of desperation.

“Ok, but don’t blame me if it doesn’t taste good…” he said, slinking off to the kitchen with my Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe clutched in his hand. It wasn’t looking good.

And you know what?

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The oatmeal didn’t taste good either.

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It tasted like the best damn bowl of oatmeal I’ve ever had!!

Why does it always taste better when someone else makes it? Seriously, I need to know. He also sprinkled it with crunchy Sucanat which was genius. Or maybe he sprinkled it with pixy love dust! Needless to say, I gushed so much about this bowl of oatmeal Eric had a grin on his face the entire morning. He has now conquered his oatmeal-making fears. It was a win-win all around.

In honour of chilly mornings, here are my 5 favourite hot oatmeal recipes of all time. (in this case, “all-time” isn’t that long considering I used to hate hot oatmeal until 2010, but let’s just go with it.)

5) Comforting Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 

This pumpkin oatmeal is like a warm hug on a cold morning. Or maybe I’m just lonely. Infused with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract, it’s like eating a slice of warm pumpkin pie in oatmeal form. I love topping it with a teaspoon of Earth Balance, pecans, and a drizzle of almond milk.

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4) Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole 

Last Winter, I was craving my favourite sweet potato casserole in a major way. The only snag? It was 7:15am. I looked at the sweet potato, it looked at me…I looked at it again. And I turned that craving into a delicious weekend breakfast.

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3) Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

A sneaky way to get a serving of vegetables in your morning oatmeal. You can’t taste the zucchini, but it does a lovely job of bulking up this voluminous bowl of oatmeal.

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2) Apple Pie Oatmeal

Even better when someone else makes it for you! It’s ok to beg sometimes.

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and my favourite bowl of hot oatmeal goes to…

1) Carrot Cake Oatmeal 

This one is for all the carrot cake fans out there! Creamy, crunchy, chewy, and sweet, this recipe packs in a full cup of carrots and a handful of healthy ingredients that will keep you feeling full for hours. It is quite a large portion, so I place the leftovers into the fridge and enjoy it as a snack the next day (it’s good cold too!).

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Strapped for time?

For an ‘instant’ bowl of hot oatmeal, just mix up a batch of Vegan Overnight Oats before bed and place it in the fridge. In the morning, heat it in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, add your toppings/sweetener, and go! No stove-top cooking required.

The overnight soaking softens and thickens the oats, similar to cooking, meaning that you don’t need to stir over a stove-top for 10 minutes. The consistency won’t be as creamy as it would be cooked on a stove-top, but it’s still a good substitute in a pinch. If you don’t want to use the microwave, you can just reheat it for a couple minutes on the stove-top too.

And if it’s still too warm where you are to enjoy a hot bowl of oats, you can try one of my 12 Vegan Overnight Oats recipes which are great on warmer mornings.

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What are your favourite things to mix into oatmeal? What flavour of oatmeal should I make next?

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 14, 2011

All these oatmeal recipes just look amazing! I want to try your apple pie oatmeal. I stocked up on apples yesterday and I think apple pie oatmeal would be the perfect way to use them! Here in Minnesota we are having chilly mornings, perfect for oatmeal! I made a batch over baked oatmeal which I have been enjoying on these chilly mornings!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 14, 2011

I’ve recently made a chocolate banana oatmeal flavor, using banana as the base instead of water or milk. I used cocoa powder and some vanilla extract and it was ah-mazing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

that sounds great!

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robyn September 14, 2011

My favorite meal of the day and when theres awesome recipes like yours it’s like dessert too!

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Sabrina September 14, 2011

Yes Banana Banana Banana! If they are still yellow then I slice it in but I prefer them over ripe and I just mush it all up! I top it with nutmeg and some maple syrup. I dont know why the nutmeg works I was just craving it on top one morning and now I cant stop!!!
Sabs.

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Nikita September 14, 2011

Pumpkin oatmeal is my favorite! I like overnight oats better than cooked oats though so maybe I should expand my repertoire by trying some of your hot oatmeal recipes- that carrot cake one looks divine!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

I prefer overnight oats too for some reason! I find those 5 hot oats I can get excited about though!

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Hayley @ Oat Couture September 14, 2011

Mmmm those apple pie oats are literally calling out to me!! It won’t get cold here for another couple of months but I am already eagerly anticipating cozying up with my morning bowl of hot oats! :) YUM!

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Sara September 14, 2011

I think I’ve had ever possible oatmeal combination. It’s my favorite meal. Lately I’ve been loving dark chocolate oatmeal and raspberries and cream. The “cream” is mixing some yogurt in at the end. It’s to die for.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

That sounds like a killer combo :) mmm. Maybe coconut milk or cream would work too.

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Ranelle September 14, 2011

I’ve been enjoying your VOO and these hot oatmeal recipes will be awesome now that the seasons are changing. Some ideas for new oatmeal that you might want to try (‘cuz you’re a culinary genius): blueberry pie, coffee cake, or a banana nut bread!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

Love those ideas…especially coffee cake! lol

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F September 14, 2011

Angela, I’ve been looking for new ideas for my oatmeal, I’m so glad I stopped by. Somehow I knew you would have just the thing!
Thanks :-)

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Mimi (Gingersnaps) September 14, 2011

Heh, I’ve been burned out on oats for awhile, but this is making my tummy grumble.

Since you like basing oatmeal off pies, here’s another few you might want to consider playing with some day:

- Rhubarb pie (sweet and tart, nom!)
- Boston Cream Pie
- An oatmeal version of that amaaaaazing pumpkin pie brownie thing you made. I made the pie for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. Would love to get a glimpse of it at breakfast without all the “desserty” effects.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

Soooo creative, I love your ideas!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner September 14, 2011

I can’t wait to try the Apple Pie Oatmeal! My sister and I were actually talking about oatmeal last night.. how it’s getting cooler out and that I can’t wait to start eating it again. I don’t know what but the thought of eating a bowl of oatmeal in the summer time makes my stomach turn.

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Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go September 14, 2011

One of these mornings (maybe even tomorrow), I’ll be cracking open a can of pumpkin for pumpkin pie oats! Autumn is here! :D

And that spoon is absolutely beautiful, by the by! <3

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Sarah Dean September 14, 2011

What about a key lime oatmeal? I LOVEEEEE key lime pie…if only it were HEALTHY! Wink wink, nudge nudge!:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

I love key lime, but I never would have thought to make it into a bowl of oats! Now I’m thinking tropical like pineapple & lime…coconut milk? That would be good I bet.

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Sarah Williams September 15, 2011

YUM!!! That sounds delicious!!!!

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Tess September 14, 2011

Omigosh, I read the zucchini bread recipe and just had to rush out this morning to get the ingredients! Wow – sooooo good! I had to omit some things to meet my caloric needs (brown sugar, milk, and butter) but it was still delicious. Green is not a color I generally see in my oatmeal, but I think it’s about to become a regular occurrence ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

heh glad you liked it!

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erika September 14, 2011

I love the zucchini bread oatmeal – what a great way to get in more veggies – having that tomorrow for sure!

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Britt @ runwithbritt September 14, 2011

I can’t wait to make apple pie oatmeal :) it looks so delicious! You should try to make a Elvis inspired batch of oats with banana and peanut butter!

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Moni'sMeals September 14, 2011

I am going to agree, all 5 of them can’t be beat! Oatmeal on Steroids right!

New flavor…”White chocolate?”

:) :) :)

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Jessica September 14, 2011

That is so sweet your hubby made oats for you! EVERYTHING tastes better when someone else makes it. And does the dishes afterwards.
So far I have tried your apple pie oats (a staple in my house, it even got my 3 year old and 5 year old to eat oats!), pumpkin pie, and carrot cake. They are all divine. I work nights and it is very tempting to come home in the mornings and pig out on junk food. But I make overnight oats before I go to work at night and come home to a delicious bowl of oats! I rarely have coconut milk handy, is there a good substitute for it in the carrot cake oats?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

You can really use any non-dairy milk that you like (if that’s what you use). It will still turn out, but maybe not as creamy as the coconut milk version. You may have to reduce the liquid amount too.

Glad the oatmeal recipes are enjoyed!

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Tonya September 14, 2011

Great! My son is in high school now and he has to wake up pretty early to get out the door on time. This often results in him eating school breakfasts unbeknownst to me. ugh. He’s not an oatmeal eater but with these recipes I think I can make him a believer. :-) We will go with the overnight oats so that they’re prepared beforehand for him to heat up in the morning. Thanks!

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Taryn {The Rambling Runner} September 14, 2011

Just this morning I was looking for hot oatmeal ideas for breakfast! What perfect timing. I can’t wait to try the apple pie oatmeal! Thank you!

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Amber K September 14, 2011

It went from 95 degrees one day to 65 the next so it’s definitely “fall” where I’m at, but I’m still totally eating overnight oats. Although I have yet to find a good dairy-free alternative. I mix my oats with Greek yogurt and haven’t been able to find anything dairy-free and soy-free that is that thick. I wanted to try coconut yogurt, but it has xanthan gum in it which I also can’t have. Boo! I’m tempted to try to put coconut milk through cheesecloth to see if I can make my own “yogurt.”

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

If you try that out please let me know!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 14, 2011

Oh wow. Makes my walnut and chocolate-chip-topped oatmeal feel so boring! I gotta try one of these next time! And they’re all so ‘fall’, with the carrots and cinnamon and apples…yum!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

I dont think chocolate chips can ever be boring! ;)

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Irini September 14, 2011

I love this post! It’s like a positive spin on fall and the cold weather. I’m psyched about the sweet potato oatmeal casserole, making that tonight for a treat tomorrow morning :)

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Jaclyn T September 14, 2011

I love dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, chia seeds, psyllium husk, and peanut butter (sometimes in the same batch!)!

–Jaclyn T

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Karen September 14, 2011

I love to add slivered almonds, orange rind and dried cranberries to my morning bowl of oatmeal! Yummy. I can’t wait to try your recipes.

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Liz @ Southern Charm September 14, 2011

Yummm. [Licking lips] these oatmeal recipes look delicious! I must try the carrot, pumpkin pie and sweet potato … stat!

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AGS September 14, 2011

One of the things I like about you/your blog is how much you talk up Eric. It’s really awesme!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

:) I’m glad that comes across…he’s the apple of my eye.

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 14, 2011

I love the story about Eric making your oatmeal! :) Sometimes the little things can just totally make a person’s day! My favorite hot oats are definitely pumpkin.

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Lindsay @ biking before bed September 14, 2011

What a great collection of recipes! I love pumpkin in oatmeal and am very excited to try out the sweet potato one! I think a berry cheesecake inspired oatmeal would be delicious.

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Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 14, 2011

I love mixing berries, pumpkin, granola, and yogurt into my oatmeal! But not all at the same time! ;-)

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Jenny @ Simply Be...me September 14, 2011

I am back on the hot oat train too! I have been enjoying peaches and cream oatmeal thanks to all the lovely peaches we have. Topped with coconut it’s a great way to start the day. I bought some pumpkin yesterday and think I will have to add your recipe to the oat roster for tomorrow.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

I must must must make peaches and cream oats! I just bought a big case of peaches :)

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Andrea September 14, 2011

MMMMM hot oats :) Probably my favorite and most comforting food as of late. I LOVE the spoon in the picture of your pumpkin pie oats! And I will definately be trying out the carrot cake mixture as well as the zucchini concoction :) Especially while zucchinis are still in season! :)

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Jenn September 14, 2011

Great timing! It’s been below zero here in the morning the last week. Can’t wait to try the sweet potato and apple pie ones!

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Laura September 14, 2011

Next time, how about adding coconut milk or cream, covering the top of the oatmeal with a little more sucunat and popping it under the grill (watching it carefully!) to make a caramelised hard top a la creme brulee? We’re still waiting for our summer to come over in the U.K. ;( The summers are not what they used to be in the good old days! I bet Sketchie’s not looking forward to the colder weather…

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Laura September 14, 2011

I tend to stick with my fav banana oatmeal, but these look so delish I must try them out :)

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Ellie@fitforthesoul September 14, 2011

ahhhhh delicious!! haha you almost got me when you said it didn’t taste good :P I love banana, pumpkin, and carob in my oatmeals. I had carob raspberry voo today and it was great! I love putting in pb chips or carob chips, and sometimes dried apricots!!! Seriously, so deliciously crispy and plump! If you haven’t tried it, try it. <3

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amanda September 14, 2011

apple butter is SO GOOD in oats.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

guess what Im making today? ;)

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amanda September 14, 2011

oh yum!!!! i’ve never made homemade, but i’m lucky to live in Pennsylvania, apple butter capital of the US! :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

lucky girl! It’s so expensive to buy it here. I think I’m making a boat load for about the same price :)

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tweal September 14, 2011

Just this morning I had oats for the first time in months – maybe even a year. They were good but surely not as tasty as anything you shared here. I can’t wait to try the zucchini and carrot versions.

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Sarah @ studiofood September 14, 2011

I love a recipe I got from Heidi @ 101 Cookbooks, which is in her book I bought. I highly recommend it! It’s just oatmeal with prunes and hazelnuts, but it’s so awesome with a drizzle of maple syrup. Just finished this morning’s bowl!

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Katie | @wholelivingimprint.tumblr.com September 14, 2011

All of these recipes look amazing and you got me started on Vegan Overnight Oats almost 2 yrs ago and I haven’t stopped loving them! I love added carob powder, cinnamon, stevia, and maple syrup…. YUM!

I really want/need to try your Apple Pie oatmeal recipe!

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