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Best Oatmeal Recipes

Best Oatmeal Recipes

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These cookies have a few ingredients that are more nutritious than chocolate chips or sugar cookies, but are just as delicious. Courtesy of Domino Sugar

Cheese and oatmeal may seem like a foreign combination, especially if you're used to sweet breakfast oatmeal doused in whipped cream and sugar. This Instant Pot recipe will blow your mind, with an ultra-cheesy and buttery flavor and a fried egg on top for an extra punch of protein. If you love cheesy grits, then this recipe will be your new breakfast obsession.Recipe courtesy of The Bearded Hiker

Make your regular warm, winter bowl of oatmeal even tastier and cozier by infusing it with those delicious pumpkin spice flavors.This recipe is courtesy of Food Network.

Put down the PSL.... Those things are not great for you. This cinnamon-spiced breakfast is a much healthier way to kick-start your mornings. This recipe was contributed by Enlightened.

Oats are one of the healthiest things you can eat for breakfast, and the best part is they will keep you full for the rest of the day while supplying you with a fountain of slow-release energy. We designed this recipe for the Instant Pot, but you can use any multi-cooker to create an easy, delicious breakfast that’s ready in minutes.15 Irresistible Overnight Oats Recipes

This recipe for baked blueberry oatmeal will become an instant favorite in your house, and most likely, a weekly occurrence on your breakfast table. With cinnamon, honey, brown sugar and blueberries, this oatmeal is sweet and slightly crunchy on the outside with a softer inside. You'll never have to face mushy oatmeal again, and your friends will be begging you to bring it to your next brunch gathering. Recipe courtesy of Happy Money Saver

This chunky cookie is full of good things - dried cherries, coconut, oats and white chocolate chips. Bake up a batch to share with your family.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

What if you could pump up the nutritional content of your kids’ favorite cookie? That is exactly what I have done with these Loaded Cherry Oatmeal cookies. Sure, they have butter and sugar, but they also have the goodness of whole grains and antioxidant power from dried cherries and my secret ingredient, cacao nibs.Recipe courtesy of West of the Loop

If you are looking for radiant, supple skin this easy facial mask can be made right from your refrigerator. Apply this mask once a week and revitalize your skin!

This cookie recipe is a healthier alternative to others because of the added Greek yogurt, whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Greek yogurt adds extra protein, and is a substitute for a ½ cup of butter. The whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and walnuts bring in additional protein and fiber. The molasses contributes not only great flavor, but a good amount of potassium. Last, but not least, the dark chocolate is a great addition of iron, and more potassium and fiber. Just because it’s the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your health — have a treat that’s both healthy and sweet. This recipe is courtesy of Alisha Falkenstein

This apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins recipe is super basic — and dairy-free! However, if you don't have almond milk you can use regular milk (same measurement). Just make sure you soak your steel-cut oats a day in advance: pour enough boiling water over the oats to fully cover them and then store them in the refigerator overnight (drain before using in this recipe).Click here to see the 8 Ways to Use Apple Other Than Pie story.

Oatmeal cookies garner their fame from their chewy consistency and adaptability. Raisins can be swapped out for other dried fruits, and chocolate chips can be added to make them extra indulgent.

16 Boredom-Busting, Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

You may not know this, but oatmeal is one of Mother's Nature's favorite children. Why else would she bestow upon it the powers to help regulate diabetes, the fiber to assist in heart health, and the extra-special soluble fiber &beta-glucan (seriously, that's not made up).

One cup of cooked oatmeal contains four grams of fiber and only 166 calories. Fiber, as you may know, promotes heart and gut health and helps improve blood-sugar levels. If you&rsquore not eating enough fiber, oatmeal is a great place to start.

Yet despite Mother's Nature's preference for this near-holy whole grain, oatmeal is still, well, bland. Here's exactly how to cook oatmeal so that it has some texture and then 16 ways to elevate that oatmeal to bust breakfast boredom and wake up your morning bowl.

Step 1: Prep your base.

Skip instant oatmeal, which always turns soggy and soupy.

Instead, turn to steel-cut oats, which are hearty and soak up liquid while retaining their slight chew. Yes, they take longer to cook, but that&rsquos why it&rsquos best to make them while you sleep.

In a medium-sized pot, add 2/3 cup steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt, and 1 3/4 cups water. Bring the water to a slight simmer (a few small bubbles breaking the surface) over medium heat, remove the pot from the heat, place a lid on it, and let the oats soak overnight.

Step 2: Add flavor.

In the morning, stir in a couple splashes of milk and any of the add-ins that follow. Then heat everything over medium low for 5 minutes, stirring a couple times. Transfer to a bowl and then apply your toppings. This makes enough for 2 servings.


Add: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 tsp instant coffee, 1/4 tsp cardamom

Top: 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup chopped almonds


Add: 1/2 cup shredded carrot, 2 Tbsp dried currants, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp allspice

Top: 1/4 cup sliced pecans, 2 tsp maple syrup



Add: 2 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 2 Tbsp sliced Kalamata olives, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Top: 1 fried egg, 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Add: 1 grated apple, 3/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Top: 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Add: 1 tsp golden milk powder (Amazon has it), 2 Tbsp chia seeds, 2 tsp honey

Top: 1 cup chopped mango, 1/4 cup coconut chips


Add: 1 mashed ripe banana, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Top: 4 strips cooked bacon

Add: ⅓ cup chopped dried figs, 1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 tsp ginger powder


Add: 1 tsp matcha powder, 2 Tbsp shredded coconut, 1/2 tsp ginger powder

Top: 1 cup chopped pineapple, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios


Add: 1 oz chopped dark chocolate, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Top: 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, 2 Tbsp dried tart cherries


Add: 1/4 cup raisins, 2 Tbsp bran, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Top: 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt


Top: ⅔ cup ricotta cheese, 1 cup blueberries

Add: 1/2 cup grated beet, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Top: 1 cup raspberries, 2 Tbsp cacao nibs


Top: 4 oz flaked smoked salmon, 2 Tbsp chopped dill

&ldquoCANDIED&rdquo YAMS

Top: 2 Tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp maple syrup


Top: 2 links chopped cooked turkey sausage, 2 Tbsp sliced scallion greens

Benefits Of Oatmeal

One of the biggest benefits of eating oatmeal is the effect it has on reducing the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in your body , the “bad” 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 these minimally processed whole-grains help add complex carbohydrates to your diet, which in tern in makes your body work harder to break them down.

The extra work your body does to break down the whole-grain oatmeal increases your metabolism, and also keeps you feeling fuller and more satisfied for hours.

Eating healthy oatmeal recipes can help lower cholesterol, and increase metabolism!

Below you will find 15 weight loss oatmeal recipes, as well as oatmeal nutrition…

Best Oatmeal Recipes - Recipes

"Recipes are meant to be shared"

It is my intention to add a couple of recipes here every week. Although between working and playing with my daily blog 'Thibeault's Table', I'm not always successful.

Oatmeal - Best Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal - Best Oatmeal Cookies
Source: Toronto Star

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup
packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon
baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture. Add rolled oats. Roll into small balls (golf ball size) and flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Cookie should not get brown. Cool on wire rack.

Options: Add chopped Callebaut White chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Or add cranberries.
For a lacy - thinner buttery cookie, reduce the flour to 1 cup. Cookies will spread more so be sure to space further apart.


I wish the measurement could be given in ounces as english and American cups differs in weight.I avoid any recipes that says CUP because I have had a lot of bad experiences with the CUP.

Asda sells cups. Get a set and measure away! It saved me losing out on all my recipes when I was living in the UK.

These turned out great! I did make a few changes though, I used 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of sugar, and a 1/8 tsp of cinnamon (im not a big fan of cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe :)

5 Favourite Hot Oatmeal Recipes

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.

The oatmeal didn’t taste good either.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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

and my favourite bowl of hot oatmeal goes to…

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!).

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.

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

Don't Stir Your Oats!

Somewhere at some point in time, people began to think that you should really vigorously stir your oatmeal and porridge. But if you do this, you will 100% of the time have gummy, unglamorous porridge.

Stirring oats (and most grains) will slowly break them down they’ll lose their shape and delicious, slightly chewy porridge will elude you forever.

Instant Oatmeal Acne Mask

You actually can use instant oatmeal for this mask if you’d like—just make sure it doesn’t have any flavoring and other additives. (If you’re not sure, get plain oats). Oatmeal is good for treating inflammation and skin redness.   You can also use colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal ground to a fine flour). Oatmeal flakes are better for homemade exfoliating scrubs.

Cook one serving of oatmeal. Allow to cool (you can also use it slightly warm, but never hot). Apply to the affected areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.*

8 Oatmeal Recipes To Boost Weight Loss (Simple Prep)

With the colder months coming, many of us are trading in our icy, refreshing smoothies in exchange for our warmer, more comforting favorites.

That being said, it can be difficult in the mornings to find time to fit a nutritious meal into our schedule while running around trying to get ourselves ready for the day.

Don’t be fooled, a healthy, filling breakfast doesn’t have to be a fancy ordeal.

Oatmeal can come together in just a few minutes and will keep your stomach from yelling at you halfway through your 11 AM meeting.

Now I know many people may be thinking “oatmeal is chock full of carbs, I can’t eat that stuff!”.

Well, yes … it contains a decent carbohydrate profile.

But this creamy indulgence is actually an excellent superfood that is great for weight loss!

The Different Types of Oatmeal

There are four main types of oatmeal: steel cut, rolled, quick-cooking and instant.

Regardless of how you eat it, oatmeal is a whole grain harvested out of a hard-outer casing called a hull.

Once oats are removed from the hull, the whole grain oats are called groats.

Groats can be consumed as is.

But they take a long time to prepare, about 45 minutes – 1 hour and they have a texture that many are not used to when they think of oatmeal.

Instead, they are typically cut up and transformed into four more common forms of oatmeal.

All forms of oats have a similar nutritional makeup, so it's just up to your preference.

If you like creamier textured oats, you may want to opt for quick-cooking.

If you like a nuttier, chewier consistency, you’ll want to go with steel cut.

Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats)

Steel cut oats are simply groats cut into smaller pieces.

They have a slightly different texture than groats and are a bit chewier.

It has a thicker consistency and take longer to digest, providing a more prolonged sense of fullness. They typically take 25 – 30 minutes to prepare and are best used for slow cooking.

Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned Oats)

Rolled oats are probably the most common form of oats on the market.

They are steamed and flattened groats.

Since there is much more surface area, these cook much faster than steel cut oats, approximately 5 minutes.

These are used best in cooking or baking.

Quick-Cooking Oats

Quick-cooking oats are cut so small, they only need about 1 – 2 minutes to cook.

They have a “mushier” consistency than other types of oatmeal since they absorb more water, and do not hold their shape or texture as well as the others.

Instant Oats

Instant oats look similar to quick-cooking oats.

For this kind, groats are steamed, rolled, flattened, cut into tiny pieces and steamed again.

This pre-cook the oats so that all that needs to be done at the time of consumption is re-hydration with hot water.

Many times instant oatmeal has added sugars, flavors and salts, so be cautious when choosing this type.

Why is Oatmeal a Superfood?

Very High in Fiber

Fiber is one of the most crucial nutrients when it comes to weight loss and digestive health.

Fiber has been linked to relieved constipation, lower blood sugar and weight loss.

Though considered a carbohydrate, oats doesn’t break down into sugars like other carbs.

Studies have even found that the beta-glucan fiber found in oats have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 23 percent. [1]

Fights off Hunger (Really Well)

Oats are considered a “low glycemic carbohydrate”.

Which means that the body takes a long time to digest and absorb the nutrients.

This helps you stay fuller longer and reduces blood sugar spikes.

Oatmeal’s beta-glucan has also been shown to increase Cholecystokinin levels, a hunger fighting hormone that helps fight off cravings. [2]

Despite its rib-sticking effects, oatmeal is surprisingly low in fat with only 3 grams per serving!

What’s better is that this fat is primarily polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, heart-healthy fats that are essential to overall functioning of the body.

Provides Blood Sugar Support

The high amount of fiber and protein provided in oats help stabilize blood sugar and help with the passage of food and waste in our intestinal tract.

In particular, the water-soluble beta-glucan contributes to a better glycemic control and prevents insulin resistance. [3]

Increased consumption of this nutrient has been linked to increased control of blood glucose level and lipids and reduction of hypertension as well as promotion of heart injury and wound healing. [4]

Rich in Antioxidants

Oats have a lot of health-promoting antioxidants and plant compounds called polyphenols.

However, one of the most noteworthy antioxidants, which is found almost solely in oats, is avenanthramides. Avenanthramides has been linked to lower blood sugar, anti-inflammatory properties and better blood flow. [5] [6]

Delicious Oatmeal Recipe ideas For Weight Loss

There are endless ways you can prepare oatmeal.

Warm oats can be cooked on the stovetop, in the microwave, baked in the oven or a crock pot.

You can prepare overnight oats by soaking oats in a milk of choice, or you can even make snack bars to give you some fiber and nutrients on the go!

Some may opt to add some additional ingredients such as egg whites or supplement powder to turn their bowl of oats into a protein packed “proatmeal.”

1. Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (4 Servings)


  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 Cups Low-Fat Milk (Or Almond Milk)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree, No Sugar Added
  • 1/8 Cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract


  1. Add all ingredients into your crock pot and mix until combined.
  2. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve and top with chopped pecans.

Calories: 170 | Fat: 2.7 Grams | Carbs: 29.2 Grams | Protein: 8.5 Grams

2. Chai Oatmeal (2 Servings)


  • 1 ½ Cup Low-Fat Mlk
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • Diced-up Apricot
  • ¼ Tsp. Cardamom
  • ¼ Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp. Raw Honey
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract


  1. Combine milk and spices in a pan and simmer over medium heat.
  2. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring frequently and mix in honey, vanilla and oats.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring constantly.

Calories: 252 | Fat: 5.4 Grams | Carbs: 30 Grams | Protein: 10.1 Grams

3. Carrot Protein Oatmeal (2 Servings)


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • ½ Cup Shredded Carrots
  • ½ Cup Egg Whites
  • ½ Cup Low-Fat Milk or Water
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Maple Syrup
  • Handful of Golden Raisins


  1. Combine the oats, maple syrup, carrots, egg whites, milk/water and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Stir again and top with cinnamon and golden raisins.

Calories: 255 | Fat: 3.4 Grams | Carbs: 41.5 Grams | Protein: 15.4 Grams

4. Simply Baked Oatmeal (Serves 4)


  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Low-Fat Milk
  • 1 Ripe Banana, Mashed
  • ½ Cup Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Stir in milk, banana, yogurt, oil and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Transfer to casserole dish and bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned around the corners.
  6. Finish with any desired toppings such as fruit, maple syrup, coconut flakes, etc.

Calories: 328 | Fat: 6 Grams | Carbs: 48.2 Grams | Protein: 9.5 Grams

5. Honey Almond Oat Bites (Makes Approximately 20 – 30 Bites)


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • ¼ Cup Flax Seeds
  • ½ Cup Almonds, Chopped
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup Almond Butter, Unsalted
  • ¼ Cup Raw Honey
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Whole-Grain Puffed Cereal
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan lightly with non-stick spray and set aside.
  3. Combine all your dry ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together almond butter, honey and vanilla. Microwave and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour the almond butter mix and egg into your dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and press it down until it is packed tightly.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until bites begin to brown.

(Based on 3 Bites per Serving)

Calories: 202 | Fat: 6.7 Grams | Carbs: 21.8Grams | Protein: 6.1 Grams

6. Creamy Tropical Oats (Serves 2)


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • ½ Cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbs. Toasted Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened
  • 1/3 Cup Mango, Diced
  • Few Blueberries (Optional)
  • Dash of Salt


  • Over medium-high heat, bring coconut milk to a slight boil.
  • Stir in rolled oats and salt, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Top oatmeal with mango and coconut flakes.

Calories: 327 | Fat: 18.2 Grams | Carbs: 35.5 Grams | Protein: 8.3 Grams

7. Blueberries-Tangerine & Cream Oatmeal


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Cups Low-Fat Milk
  • 2 Oz. Blueberries
  • A Few Tangerines
  • 2 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Maple Syrup


  1. Combine milk and oats in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir, cover and reduce heat to low until most of the milk has been absorbed.
  3. In a small bowl, mash berries, yogurt, vanilla and syrup.
  4. Mix blueberry mixture in with oats and fold together.

Calories: 180 | Fat: 4 Grams | Carbs: 31.7 Grams | Protein: 7 Grams

8. Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oats (2 Servings)


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 ½ Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Almonds


  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the chopped almonds.
  2. Let sit covered in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. Stir before consuming and top with chopped almonds.

Calories: 258 | Fat: 8.4 Grams | Carbs: 35.8 Grams | Protein: 9.1 Grams


Even if a steaming bowl of oatmeal doesn’t quite sound like the best way to start your morning, oats are so versatile and are easy to incorporate into your everyday diet.

Oatmeal Stout Recipes – Great Beer Styles

Oatmeal stout is a popular variant of Stout introduced in the late 19th century and famous for its smooth, creamy, silky texture. This week we’ll talk a bit about the history of oatmeal stouts, the beer style, how to design a recipe for one and how to brew it.

The History of Oatmeal Stout

As mentioned in my earlier article on Dry Irish Stout, as well as my podcast on Irish Stout with John Palmer, all modern stouts trace their heritage back to Porter, which was an immensely popular drink in the 17th century. As far back as 1677, the term “stout” was used to describe “strong” beers, and most beers in that time period were dark ales (what we would call Porters) because malt at the time was kilned over fires – true Pale malt did not arrive until the early industrial revolution brought coal fired malting.

The term “Stout ” was used to describe strong beers of various kinds well into the 1800’s, and evolved over the century to refer to strong very dark “Stout Porters”, or simply “Stouts”. Oatmeal Stout was first widely marketed in the late 1800’s as a nutritional drink. The marketing worked well as oats were though to have a restorative, nourishing and healthy effect in Victorian England.

The use of oats in beer was not a modern innovation, however, as oats were widely used for ales in medieval Europe. The use of oats in beer had largely died out by the 16th century, with the exception of Norway where it was still used.

Oatmeal stout sales flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century, and continued to be brewed until shortly after World War II. However, in the 1950’s most breweries stopped producing oatmeal stout, and by the early 1970’s no commercial examples remained. However, brewer Samuel Smith revived the style in the late 1970’s and since then hundreds of small and micro-breweries have produced Oatmeal Stouts.

The Oatmeal Stout Style

Many beer fans are surprised to find that oatmeal stout has very little oatmeal flavor. Instead the oatmeal adds a rich, creamy, silky character to the beer due to the high protein, lipid and gum content. Several early commercial examples included very little oatmeal (less than 1%), though most were made with between 5% and 30% oatmeal by weight. Using more than 30% oatmeal will lead to an astringent flavor and bitterness.

The BJCP style guide describes Oatmeal Stout as a variant of sweet stout that is less sweet, and relies on oatmeal for body and complexity rather than lactose. It may have a roasted grain aroma mixed with a light sweetness, with little fruitiness or diacetyl. Hop aroma and flavor are low, and it may have a slight oatmeal aroma.

Color is medium brown to black (22-40 SRM), with an original gravity of 1.048-1.065 which results in an alcohol content of 4.2-5.9%. Bitterness is in the 25-40 IBU range, with a bitterness ratio in the 0.5 IBU/GU range.

Brewing an Oatmeal Stout

The grain bill for an oatmeal stout typically starts with UK or American pale malt, which generally comprises about 60-80% of the grain bill. Oats are the next major component, making up 5%-25% of the bill in most recipes, though some extreme examples use as much as 30% oats. I personally recommend targeting the 10% oats to start with.

A variety of grains are often added to enhance body and complexity including Caramel/Crystal malts, Cara-Pils, Cara-Foram malt, flaked barley, and occasionally even wheat or flaked wheat. These typically are included in the 5-10% (each) weight range. When using Caramel/Crystal malts, the darker versions are often favored to add color and caramel sweetness to the beer.

The stout character and color is usually achieved by using Chocolate malt and Black Patent malt (along with the Caramel mentioned earlier). These are typically constrained to 4-10% (each) of the grain bill to achieve a stout character without creating an overwhelming roasted coffee flavor, as oatmeal stout should be in the “sweet stout” family, and not dry like Irish stout. Stout roast and roasted barley is generally not used in oatmeal stout as it adds too much “coffee” or “burnt” flavor to the mix.

Traditional English or American bittering hops are used such as East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Centennial, Willamette, Northdown, etc… to balance the strong dark malts. As hop aroma and flavor is not a significant characteristic of oatmeal stout, it is rare to add finishing or dry hops. Instead, enough boil hops should be used to properly balance the beer (about 0.5 IBU/GU).

Some all-grain brewers prefer to use a full bodied mash profile (around 156 F for conversion) to further enhance the body of the beer, while others have advocated lower temperatures (148 F) to achieve a cleaner fermentation of barley malt and enhance the oatmeal character. I tend to prefer a medium to full body mash profile to preserve the sweet character of the beer as the finish should be sweet and not overly dry.

English ale yeasts are traditionally used with oatmeal stouts. I try to select a strain without excessive ester (fruit) or diacytl (butterscotch) production that will still leave residual sweetness in the beer such as White Labs WLP002. You don’t want a yeast that ferments too cleanly, as complexity is part of the flavor, but you also don’t want an English yeast that is too fruity.

Fermentation is done at normal ale temperatures and the beer may be bottled or kegged. Traditional stouts are served with fairly low carbonation and warm, but many American drinkers prefer a moderate carbonation and chilled beer.

Oatmeal Stout Recipes

Here are a few oatmeal stout recipes from the BeerSmith Recipe Archive:

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Are microwave instant oats as healthy as rolled oats?

When you buy instant oatmeal or the microwave oatmeal packets, they contain oats that have been processed to reduce the cooking time. Usually, this means the oats have been pre-cooked, dried, and cut or pressed into thinner pieces to help the cook more quickly. Nutritionally speaking, plain instant oats still offer the same whole grain, heart healthy benefits of more traditional oats. The place to be careful is with the oatmeal packets that normally contain lots of added sugar.