We all love oatmeal for breakfast because they are healthy and really good for losing weight. Especially on the cold mornings, everyone loves a hot bowl of oatmeal to satisfy their hunger while still eating healthy.
It gets even more exciting with some fruits, spices, and other delightful ingredients and become more sweet, creamy, and satisfying. For me, it is a perfect way to start my day with a metabolism pumping up keeping me full for hours.
To be very honest, instant oatmeal packets are not something I am fond of because those things are full of sugar, sodium, and a lot of artificial ingredients – which are not-so-good for losing weight. Therefore, you better reply on unprocessed oats.
Benefits Of Oatmeal
One of the most significant advantages of eating oatmeal is that it helps you reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream, and adding fruits can increase the amount of soluble fiber your getting, so it’s a double win. All that healthy fiber in oatmeal can have a profound effect on improving your cardiovascular health.
Whole-grain oatmeal is also known to boost metabolism, to be specific minimally processed old fashioned and steel cut oats increase metabolism. Swapping heavily processed quick oats for this minimally processed whole-grains help add complex carbohydrates to your diet, which intern in makes your body work harder to break them down. The extra work your organization does to break down the whole-grain oatmeal increases your metabolism, and also keeps you feeling fuller and more satisfied for hours.
Oatmeal comes packed with some healthy nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, and a little heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. The calories in oatmeal recipes generally average about 150 per 1 cup of cooked oats. Oatmeal toppings will add extra calories, so be careful with adding too many dried fruits as they can drive up the calorie count.
Brown sugar will add about 50 calories per tablespoon, and sweetened dried fruit or nuts will each add about 100 calories per serving. I like to start cooking oatmeal in almond or coconut milk; these vegan milk options add sweetness and protein without loads of sugar, then we sweeten at the very end, and only if needed. Often I find no extra sugar is necessary, so hold off on the sugar until the end, and add sparingly.
Oatmeal for Weight Loss
Eating cereal for weight loss is also a great habit that’s easy to follow. Not only does it taste great, but the body digests oatmeal at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, your energy levels up, and reduces your hunger cravings. You’ll feel more full all morning and will be able to resist the temptation to snack. A good oatmeal breakfast is part of a clean eating diet plan that will help you drop weight quickly.
Making oatmeal recipes is a pretty simple process: Add liquid to oats and heat. Not only are oatmeal recipes quick to make, but even the most novice cook can master basic oatmeal recipes.
How To Cook Oatmeal – Rolled Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups water, milk or a combination of both
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned) and 2 cups water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and let stand, covered for 2 minutes before serving.
How To Cook Oatmeal – with Quick Cooking Oats
- 1 cup quick cooking oats – also known as instant oats
- 2 cups water, milk or a combination of both
In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in 1 cup quick cooking oats. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and let stand about 30 seconds before serving.
How To Cook Oatmeal – with Steel-Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 3 cups water
In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup steel-cut oats and 3 cups water, bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until the oats are just tender and the liquid is nearly absorbed. Remove the saucepan from heat and let stand, covered for 5 minutes before serving.
Healthy Oatmeal Recipes
All the below healthy oatmeal recipes make two servings each.
1. Metabolism Boosting Apple Pie Oatmeal
This delicious, healthy oatmeal recipe is sweet, creamy, and satisfying and will start your day with a nice warm tummy. Best of all, it tastes like a slice of apple pie!
- 1 cup old-fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
- 2 cups almond milk
- One apple thinly sliced then cut into thirds (basically thin bite-sized pieces)
- Two teaspoons cinnamon
- Two teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (if you have the little cups each is 1/2 cup)
In a medium saucepan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, cinnamon and maple syrup, heat on low until most of the milk is absorbed (stir as needed), once most of the milk is absorbed add in the applesauce and stir together. If you like your apples soft add them in now too if you want some crunch wait until you are about to serve to stir in. Once all the applesauce and milk is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes total, remove from heat and serve.
Each serving has 309 calories, 5 g fats, 8 g fiber, 6 g protein, and 62 g carbs.
2. Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast treats that my family loves, too. It warms you up on a cold day and makes your belly feel good without making you feel sluggish or heavy.
I have been running through the list of Quaker Oatmeal Packets, and Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal use to be my favorite. I want to remind you all that the little packets have preservatives and thickening agents plus 13 grams of sugar vs. this recipe only 7 grams of sugar, not the best choice in food if you ask me.
The packets use quick oats, I have recently switched to Old Fashioned oats, not because of any nutritional reasons, but because they are so much tastier, bigger and do not turn to mush.
If you love quick oats, by all means, use them instead of rolled oats in this healthy oatmeal recipe.
Makes one serving of Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- One tsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. dark brown sugar
In a small saucepan get 1 cup of water boiling, add the oatmeal and cinnamon and reduce to low. Stir once in a while until all the water is absorbed. Add in the maple syrup and mix. Move oatmeal to a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and serve.
Each serving has 176 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein, 33 g carbs.
3. Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
We bet you can’t say “Breakfast Cookies” without having a smile on your face. These Breakfast Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great for the family on the run, they travel well, and you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning.
The oatmeal and cinnamon both boost your metabolism, this makes for a great way to get heart-healthy oatmeal recipes into your diet!
If you want to make 30 little cookies that will work great too, bake for 10-15 minutes and use a tablespoon to make them into ping-pong sized balls. Also, try my Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cookies, they are delicious and always the hit at parties!
- ¾ cup organic all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. Baking soda
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter at room temp
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- One egg
- One tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup raisins
- One tsp. cinnamon
Spray 2-3 cookie sheets with baking spray. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl or standing mixer whip butter and sugar, add in egg and vanilla. Add in applesauce and ⅓ cup of water. Now you can add the dry flour mixture, mix until just combined. Add in the oats and raisins and mix until just combined. Place in fridge for 15 minutes minimum or overnight.
Pre-heat oven to 350, using an ice cream scoop dollop out tennis ball sized (YEP!) dollops of cookie dough, give enough room for a little spreading. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
Each serving (1 cookie) has 172 calories, 2 g fat, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 34 g carbs.
4. Banana and Almond Butter Oatmeal
I love the combination of peanut butter, bananas and honey. When I was little, my mom would combine the three for me in a sandwich, so this banana and almond butter oatmeal combo is one of those nostalgic meals that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and bring me back to an easier time in my life. In my quest for new metabolism boosting meals, I came up with this little number. I recommend almond butter for weight loss vs. peanut butter.
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oatmeal
- One banana thinly sliced
- Two tablespoons almond butter
- Two teaspoons honey (optional)
In a medium saucepan combine the almond milk and oatmeal, heat on low until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in 1/2 of the banana slices and the almond butter, mix and let the oatmeal soak up the rest of the milk. Remove from the heat, move to two bowls, top with the remaining banana slices and drizzle with honey.
Each serving has 375 calories, 6 g fat, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein, 66 g carbs.
5. Oatmeal with Peaches, Cranberries and White Chocolate
Prepare to die and go to heaven! I recently had a cookie with peaches, cranberries and white chocolate and it was divine. I figured it would be fun to try this combo in a few new recipes (check out the scones) so I modified my usual oatmeal breakfast and couldn’t believe something so healthy could taste so good!
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal or steel cut
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped dried peaches
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
Combine the almond milk, oatmeal, vanilla, peaches and cranberries in a sauce pan, cover and heat on low until all the milk is absorbed about 15-20 minutes. Stir when you see it start to bubble and again about every 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add in the lemon zest and chocolate chips mix together and then plate in two pretty bowls.