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19 Oat Recipes for Every Time of Day

From smoothies and granola to salads and meatloaf muffins, these oat recipes will show you how versatile (and delicious) this heart-healthy grain can be.

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Oats Are Having a Moment

While most of us have been singing the praises of oats for years, this nutritious grain has recently found viral success on TikTok. On the social media app, users have been sharing videos of a seemingly delicious-looking cake, only to reveal it is, in fact, a healthy (but supposedly equally-delicious) oat-filled breakfast.

But this superfood deserves to go viral for more than just a one-hit TikTok recipe. Oats have been deemed as one of the healthiest and most nutritious grains on the planet and are rich in fibre, magnesium, zinc, and more. They’re also proven to help soothe inflammation, regulate bowel movements, and reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. Plus, they’re super versatile—add them to a salad, whip them into a snack, or use them to make a healthy dessert.

Below, we’ve rounded up 19 of our favourite oats recipes to try once you’ve mastered the TikTok one.

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Pressure-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This dish is basically dessert for breakfast—except it’s filled with good-for-you ingredients. Unsweetened applesauce is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, while maple syrup helps fight inflammatory diseases.

Recipe: Pressure-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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Greek Meatloaf Muffins

These healthy meatloaf muffins will become your go-to meal for busy evenings. Beef provides vitamin B12 and iron, while feta cheese is a good source of calcium.

Recipe: Greek Meatloaf Muffins

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Healthy Homemade Cereal With Walnuts, Oats and Apricots

This homemade cereal has four types of grains, all of which can improve heart health, aid digestion, and reduce the risk of diabetes.

Recipe: Healthy Homemade Cereal With Walnuts, Oats and Apricots

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Oat Cocoa Smoothie

With 19g of protein in every serving, this oat cocoa smoothie makes a sweet post-workout treat.

Recipe: Oat Cocoa Smoothie 

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Carrot Tahini Granola Bars

These granola bars are nut-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Plus, they’re packed with health benefits: Hemp seeds deliver essential fatty acids while public seeds support gut health and immunity.

Recipe: Carrot Tahini Granola Bars  

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Roasted Squash Salad with Toasted Honey Oats and Pear Vinaigrette

This elevated salad is a flavour explosion you never saw coming. Sharp blue cheese pairs perfectly with sweet acorn squash in this protein-packed, heart-healthy dish.

Recipe: Roasted Squash Salad with Toasted Honey Oats and Pear Vinaigrette 

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Ginger and Pear Energy Bars

Ginger and pear make a flavourful energy bar packed with health benefits. Ginger helps fight inflammation and improve digestion, while pears promote gut and heart health.

Recipe: Ginger and Pear Energy Bars

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Start your mornings with a burst of flavour. Nutty, earthy, and a little bit sweet, this fibrous oatmeal will become your new favourite breakfast.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal 

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Antioxidant Granola

This superfood granola is the perfect way to start your day. Try this flavourful combination of oats, nuts, seeds and berries for an immune-system boost and a serving of heart-healthy fats.

Recipe: Antioxidant Granola

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie

Scoot over low-fat fro-yo, there’s another diet-friendly dessert in town. These oatmeal cookies contain half the fat of original chocolate chip cookies without sacrificing flavour.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie 

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Banana Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Made with wholesome ingredients like hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries, these sweet and crunchy granola bars make a nutritious and tasty snack that will power you up.

Recipe: Banana Peanut Butter Granola Bars 

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Oatmeal Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup

This elevated take on a breakfast classic features a large serving of oats, which help lower blood sugar levels and are a great source of fibre and vitamins.

Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup 

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Pumpkin & Apple Oatmeal

This oatmeal is filled with fruits, nuts, and spices that can help improve gut health, reduce insomnia, and lower blood sugar levels. Plus, it’s high in protein and fibre, meaning it’ll keep you full and energized all morning.

Recipe: Pumpkin & Apple Oatmeal

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Walnut Granola

Packed with fibrous, good-for-you ingredients like oats, bran and walnuts, this granola provides you with the nutrients your body needs. Also, it’s super versatile; add dried fruit for a portable snack, or combine with yogurt and berries for a delicious parfait.

Recipe: Walnut Granola

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The Perfect Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

These cookies have less fat and more protein than a purely flour-based cookie, making use of healthy ingredients like raisins, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon.

Recipe: The Perfect Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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Fruity Vegan Energy Bars

Fruity, nutty, and chock-full of protein, these energy bars are the perfect grab-and-go snack and work for a variety of dietary restrictions. Made with dried berries and oats, this snack is high in fibre and low in sugar and cholesterol.

Recipe: Fruity Vegan Energy Bars

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Overnight Maple-Banana Oats

Large-flake oats are the star of the show in this healthy snack filled with chia seeds, nut butter, and bananas. Prep before bed and have a delicious, protein-filled breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

Recipe: Overnight Maple-Banana Oats

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PB and Honey Trail Mix Bites

You only need seven ingredients to replace your favourite store-bought granola with these healthy and delicious trail mix bites. This no-bake recipe provides you with 40 protein balls that can be stored for up to two weeks.

Recipe: PB and Honey Trail Mix Bites

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Banana, Walnut, and Blueberry Muffins

The crumb on these muffins is soft and delicate, thanks to a hearty serving of large flake oats, while the blueberries and walnuts add crunch and layers of flavour.

Recipe: Banana, Walnut, and Blueberry Muffins

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