Oatmeal is a heart-healthy food that’s long been a breakfast favorite. But it’s not just for monrings — it can be eaten for lunch, dinner, dessert, and as a snack, too. Whether you like your oats on the sweet or savory side of the spectrum, it’s easy to incorporate them into a healthy diet, and we’re highlighting recipes that will show you how to do it. You’ll love these delicious renditions of the comfort food.
1. Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a superfood, but when you opt for the sweetened packets, you’re getting a sugar rush for breakfast. This maple brown sugar oatmeal from This Gal Cooks is so much healthier and it tastes way better than the packaged kind. You’ll get 4 servings of breakfast (or dessert) from this hearty oatmeal formula, so you’ll have breakfast for nearly the whole week.
- 1¾ cups water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats
- ½ tablespoon half and half
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1½ tablespoons brown sugar
- ⅓ cup pecan halves, chopped
- 2 heaping teaspoons of mini chocolate chips, plus more, if desired
- Pinch of cinnamon for sprinkling, optional
Directions: Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the oats, then reduce the heat to medium. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in half-and-half, syrup, and brown sugar.
Divide oatmeal among four bowls and top each serving with pecans, chocolate chips, and a pinch of cinnamon. Serve.