15 Creative Ways to Use Oatmeal in Your Kitchen #RecipeWednesday

RecWednesdaysBadge2Welcome back to Recipe Wednesday; another avenue to promote your very best content, this time in the form of your most favorite recipes on your blog. Each Wednesday when you visit HLB you’ll find the theme for the newest recipe round up.

Some weeks our themes read like cookbook chapters, spotlight ingredients or flavors, or simply request the best recipe for a certain situation. Find an appropriate recipe from your blog archives to fit the theme and add to the link up. Or be inspired to create a new theme-friendly dish worth posting about before next Wednesday.

Each week we feature a handful of our favorite recipes from our HLB Members [learn how to become a Member here: HLB Membership How-To,] giving even more exposure to some of the best you’ve shared from your own kitchen. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month here in the states? To celebrate, today’s Recipe Wednesday topic is Oatmeal Recipes!  Oatmeal has been both an ingredient and a meal that has been associated with our HLB community since the get go [Oats in a Jar, anyone?] and for good reason!  The health benefits of oats are a plenty, and the deliciousness you can create when using oatmeal in your recipes is clear when you take a look at today’s Recipe Wednesday collection.

Here are 15 creative ideas for using oatmeal in your kitchen from around the HLB community: 

Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Smoothie from The Big Man’s World // This thick and creamy smoothie brings dessert flavors AND nutrition to the breakfast-on-the-go crowd.

Baked Oatmeal French Toast Sticks from The Lean Green Bean // Banana and peanut butter bring their flavor duo partnership to this dish that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or brinner.  We also dig Lindsay’s idea of making this ahead and freezing in portions for easy, microwaveable breakfasts on busy mornings.

Avocado Kale Hummus Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl from Jeanette’s Healthy Living // Savory oatmeal bowl? That sounds like a winner to us! Especially when you add the nutritious and delicious super food powers of avocado and kale to the mix!

Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats from Edible Perspective // Chocolate lovers unite!! This dish uses steel cut oats – which aren’t the same as the rolled or instant oats we’re often used to seeing in American culture.  Steel cut, rolled, and instant oats all go through a different type of processing, giving the styles different textures and cooking times.  However, all three types of oats still have the same nutritional profile, since they are all made from whole oat groats.

Vegan Cinnamon-Oatmeal Baked Apples from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen // This is a such a simple, yet impressive dessert to serve to dinner guests.  It’s also totally customizable to handle nut allergies or super picky eaters with Dianne’s suggestion to swap raisins or dried cranberries in place of the walnuts or pecans.  We think coconut shreds would make a great addition, too!

 Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Bars from Healthy Helper // It doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy the latte flavors bunches of us start craving when the air turns crisp!  These bars are protein packed, making them perfect for pre/post workout snacking.

Bourbon Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from How Sweet Eats // Because even nutritious ingredients deserve a trip to the indulgence factory every now and again, and if we’re going to go there, we want to go to Bourbon Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie factory. [or maybe just Jessica’s house.]

Oatmeal Blueberry Carrot Zucchini Muffins from Treble in the Kitchen // These muffins are full of freggie power and a great option for make ahead breakfasts or afternoon snack time.  The oatmeal brings a hartiness making these great canidates for “fill the freezer” batch cooking.

Fruit Soaked Oatmeal from A Nutritionist Eats // A classic take on a weekday morning meal shares a slow cooking technique sure to change the way you approach oatmeal breakfasts from here on out.  We also love that this dish is only four basic ingredients [plus water and salt.]

Baklava Oatmeal from The Nutritionist Reviews // You read that correctly: BAKLAVA Oatmeal. You are only 5 minutes away from a hot bowl of Greek dessert inspired delight.

Savory Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Crispy Bacon from Cotter Crunch // Lindsay puts one of our most beloved kitchen tools – the slow cooker – to use in this dish that sneaks in a dose of savory freggie power with butternut squash while highlighting avocado.  Crumbled crispy bacon on top takes it over the edge and makes this meal feel extra special.

Zucchini Bread Overnight Oats from Eating Bird Food // Simple to prep, easy to bring on the road, and flavors reminding you of mom’s classic baked goods. Yes, please!!

Lemon Poppy Oatmeal Pancakes from Healthy Delicious // An impressive dish for brunch with friends or to make your weekdays feel extra special, with a batter that is honey sweetened and a citrus power-punch using both lemon juice and lemon zest.

Savory Oatmeal with Mushrooms, Spinach and Thyme from Andie Mitchell // The secret to this recipe being better than you’d expect is the various depths of flavor building taking place; especially with the toasting of the oats and then cooking them in the chicken broth and aromatic ingredients called for in this recipe. 

DIY Instant Oatmeal Mix from Lauren Lives Healthy // DIY your own take on the terrifically convienent store-bought oatmeal packets.  You may be inspired to customize the recipe to create all your favorite childhood flavors with various nuts, dried fruits, and spices.

Now it’s time for the link up!  Find a recipe on your blog showcasing your use of oatmeal and link it up below. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite uses of oatmeal we’ve found on our members’ blogs on social media today with the hashtag #OatmealRecipes

If you don’t have a recipe that fits this week’s theme on your blog, why not make one and share it this week? Let HLB’s Recipe Wednesday series be a pool of inspiration for your recipe creation and post ideas.

Please limit yourself to 2 recipes per blogger. If you enjoy our weekly roundups, we’d love if you shared about Recipe Wednesdays with your blends and followers!


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