12 Seasonal Oatmeal Ideas for Sweet and Savory Breakfast. Incorporate seasonal vegetables and fruits in your oatmeal and make it healthy and delicious!
Today there will be 12 recipes in one post! There are numerous ways to make your oatmeal taste great depending on what is in season at the moment. Here are some healthy seasonal oatmeal ideas to start your day with: sweet, savory, vegan and vegetarian. If you don’t like oatmeal, think about making it in a different way. It can be tasty, trust me! It’s very easy to make, it’s gluten-free, it’s good for your health and it’s cheap. It contains a lot of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels, stabilizes blood sugar, boosts metabolism and immune system. It’s the best hot breakfast one could think of! It’s time to get some healthy seasonal goodness before the holidays! Check the basic oatmeal recipe and ideas for toppings below. Here you go:
12 Seasonal Oatmeal Ideas: Sweet & Savory
- 1 cup rolled regular oats old-fashioned
- 2 cups water or milk or a combination of water and milk
- pinch of salt
- Combine oats, water or milk and a pinch of salt in a pot over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Simmer until the liquid is adsorbed and the oatmeal reaches the desired consistency (about 10-15 minutes). Top with any topping (see below).
How to Make Seasonal Oatmeal
1. Persimmon + Pecans + Sunflower Seeds + Maple Syrup
An easy idea for a sweet oatmeal bowl: Vegan, naturally sweet, well-balanced, wholesome and tasty. For two servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal (see the recipe above), one persimmon, a handful of pecans, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Slice your persimmon and distribute to the bowls with oatmeal. Sprinkle with roughly chopped pecans and sunflower seeds. Pour maple syrup on top.
2. Caramelized Plums + Cinnamon + Goji Berries + Walnuts
This is something incredibly tasty for those who have a sweet tooth (like me). For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal (see the recipe below), 4 plums, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons butter, 2 tablespoons Goji berries and a handful roughly chopped walnuts. Here is how to make slightly caramelized plums, so that they are half raw and keep their shape. Put the skillet on medium heat. Quarter the plums and remove the stone. Mix the quarters with brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat butter in a skillet over medium high heat and add the plums mixture. Caramelize for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to the bowls with oatmeal. Add Goji berries and chopped walnuts.
3. Apples + Dried Cherries + Flax Seeds + Pomegranate Seeds
This is a quick, raw and sweet vegan option. For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 1 apple, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, a handful of dries cherries, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds. Remove the seeds and slice an apple. Transfer to the bowls and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add dried cherries, flax and pomegranate seeds.
4. Roasted Pumpkin + Pumpkin Spice + Pumpkin Oil + Pomegranate Seeds
If you are into make ahead meals, here is an idea for you: roast a bunch of pumpkin dices and use them for different dishes throughout the week. You can make pumpkin quinoa risotto, pumpkin soup, healthy veggie bowls, pumpkin bread, pumpkin puree, pumpkin salad or pumpkin waffles, depending on what you are up to. For all of these dishes (as well as for the below-mentioned oatmeal) you’ll need roasted pumpkin. If you make it ahead, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week and incorporate it in your meals during the week. To roast the pumpkin, preheat the oven to 180 ºC or 350 ºF. Remove seeds from pumpkin and dice the flesh with a sharp knife. Put the pumpkin dices in a baking dish, sprinkle with olive oil and roast for 30 minutes. For this oatmeal (2 servings) you’ll need about 1 cup roasted pumpkin, 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger), 1 tablespoon pumpkin oil and 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds. Mash roasted pumpkin dices with an immersion blender or food processor (you can also use a fork) and add the pumpkin spice. Mix it with oatmeal and pour pumpkin oil on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Another option for sweet breakfast lovers. For 2 servings you’ll need 1-2 pears, 2 teaspoons butter, 3 tablespoons honey, 2 bowls oatmeal, 10-12 dates, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Put the skillet on medium heat. Add butter and honey and cook for 1 minute or until almost dissolved. Quarter the pears and remove the seeds. Add the pears. Caramelize until golden for about 12 minutes. Transfer to bowls and add dates, pumpkin and chia seeds.
No-cook easy topping for those who like quick breakfasts. For 2 servings you’ll need a handful grapes, 2 bowls oatmeal, 2 tablespoons Goji berries, 2 teaspoons flax seeds, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds. Top the bowls with grapes, sprinkle with Goji berries, flax and pumpkin seeds.
Here is a trick: add 3 chopped dried apricots per serving to the oatmeal 5 minutes before it’s done. They will be soft and creamy. For 2 serving you’ll need 2 bowls oatmeal with 6 dried apricots, 2 figs, 2 teaspoons chia seeds, a handful cashew nuts. Slice figs and transfer them to bowls. Sprinkle with chia seeds and cashew nuts.
A very healthy option: kale is one of the healthiest vegetables, it is the richest source of vitamin K and contains insane amounts of other vitamins (A, E, C, B1, B2, B3 and B6), minerals (manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium and copper), fiber, protein, omega-3 fats and antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory, cancer-preventive, cholesterol-lowering and detoxification benefits. It provides more nutritional value for fewer calories than any other food! The healthiest way to cook it is to steam it. For the pumpkin, I recommend you to roast a bunch of pumpkin to make your breakfasts and dinners ahead (see No 4). To roast the pumpkin, preheat the oven to 180 ºC or 350 ºF. Remove seeds from pumpkin and dice the flesh with a sharp knife. Put the pumpkin dices in a baking dish, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and black pepper and roast for 30 minutes. For this oatmeal (2 servings) you’ll need about 1 cup roasted pumpkin, 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, a handful roughly chopped kale and 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds. Steam kale for 5 minutes in a sieve settled over a pot of boiling water. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to bowls with oatmeal together with pumpkin dices and pumpkin seeds.
Use the method previously described to roast sweet potatoes: preheat the oven to 180 ºC or 350 ºF. Dice sweet potatoes and transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and black pepper and roast for 30 minutes. For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 1 cup diced sweet potatoes, 1 avocado, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Slice avocado and transfer to the oatmeal bowls together with roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and chia seeds.
For those who like spicy things: roast your sweet potatoes with Indian spices. Use the method described above: preheat the oven to 180 ºC or 350 ºF. Dice one sweet potato and mix the dices with12 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon Indian spice mix ground paprika, fenugreek seeds, coriander, garam masala), salt and black pepper and transfer to a baking dish. Roast for 30 minutes. For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 1 cup diced sweet potatoes and 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt. Add sweet potatoes on top of your oatmeal and pour Greek yogurt on top.
Perfect savory breakfast for cheese lovers! For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 2 eggs, salt and pepper. Heat a lug of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring water in a small saucepan to a boil. Reduce the heat. Poach an egg: beat it in a small bowl, use a spoon to make vortex in water, and carefully transfer an egg to water. Let cook for 2 minutes. Repeat with the second egg. Add grated parmesan to the oatmeal and mix well. Add mushrooms and poached eggs.
Another delicious savory breakfast idea. For 2 servings you’ll need 2 bowls of basic oatmeal, 4 slices of prosciutto ham, 1/2 cup grated parmesan and 2 eggs. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC or 350 ºF. Cut prosciutto ham in squares and transfer to a baking dish. Roast for around 5 minutes or until crispy. Use the method described above to poach an egg. Add grated parmesan to the oatmeal and mix well. Add ham chips and poached eggs. What is your favorite kind of oatmeal? I’m looking forward to your comments!