8 Vegan Oatmeal Hacks to Improve Boring Breakfasts

Oatmeal has the unfortunate reputation of being the most boring of the breakfast options. Why? For starters, it’s incredibly affordable. And of course, it is incredibly easy to make, especially when you’re bleary-eyed and in a hurry. But does it really need to be a boring, bland bowl of mush? Absolutely not! Try these tasty hacks to find an oatmeal that speaks to your preferences and never be bored of breakfast again!

Breakfast oatmeal congee

Congee is a traditional Asian breakfast that is essentially a thick porridge of rice topped with savory ingredients. So, why not make it with oats? Cook your oats in a vegetable broth, and top it with sauteed carrots, mushrooms, ginger and a dash of soy sauce. Trust me, it is delicious and belly warming. Check out this great recipe for more details.

Grain-free “oatmeal”

If you don’t tolerate grains well, oatmeal is off your list of cheap and easy to make meals. Or maybe you are Paleo or on Whole 30. Either way, don’t count ‘oatmeal’ out when it comes to breakfast options. Strangely enough, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds and shredded coconut behave very similarly to oatmeal when mixed with hot milk or water. Plus, the combo is filled with wholesome fats and cleansing fiber to set your morning off on the right foot! Add some fruit and nuts to the top and you’ve got quite the breakfast.

Berrylicious chia overnight oats

Berries. Chia seeds. Oats. Coconut milk. When these superfoods combine forces, they make the ultimate breakfast. And, even better, it requires no cooking! If you’ve never made overnight oats before, give a recipe a quick scan before you get started, but otherwise it is incredibly easy. Mason jars of overnight oats make an especially great breakfast choice if you’re always bringing your meals on the go.

Savory oats

Oatmeal doesn’t always have to be a sweet ordeal. Try wilting some baby spinach in, a spoonful of almond butter, a drizzle of olive oil and maybe even some avocado. Think of it as your favorite morning toast or sandwich, just in a bowl. Try to think outside the box with your toppings and you just may surprise yourself. Try these 7 savory oatmeal recipes that are even better then the sweet variety.

Green oatmeal

Sure, maybe green eggs and ham aren’t everybody’s thing, but green oats? Give it a try. If you prefer more savory breakfast options, why not take this opportunity to add more veggies into your diet? Add whatever greens suit your fancy, and add plenty of them. Of course, you could always make these ‘overnight oats’ by steeping the oats in a green smoothie—a totally rounded breakfast all smooshed into one bowl!

Tea-infused oats

There is no need to limit yourself just to water or milk. If you are a lover of tea, why not steep your oats in it? Think about it: chai-infused oatmeal with a little coconut cream. Yes please! And yes, you could use coffee, instead. With a little milk and vanilla extract, it’s like a hearty vanilla latte.

Cookie dough oatmeal

Cookies for breakfast? If you’re anything like me, sometimes you wake up with a killer sweet tooth. But you also know that you need a nutritious breakfast. To compromise, make some oats, stir in a little coconut cream or cashew butter, some unsweetened chocolate chunks (or raw cacao), a pinch of salt, a handful of walnuts and a small drizzle of good maple syrup. In fact, this can work great for cravings at any time of day. It is loaded with fiber, B vitamins and plant-based protein with just a touch of natural sweetness. You’ll never have a more comforting bowl of oatmeal.

Carrot cake oatmeal

Have some leftover carrot pulp or shredded carrots? Toss them into your oatmeal with a little non-dairy milk, cinnamon, salt and a drizzle of raw honey (if you want a little extra sweetness). You could do the same with grated zucchini, too. Not only is this a lot healthier than scarfing down a slice of zucchini bread or carrot cake, but it is yet another great way to squeeze more tasty, high-fiber veggies into your life.

If you’re not into being super creative, why not try a different type of oat? If you normally go for rolled, try steel-cut. If you’re an instant oat fan, try overnight oats instead. Oatmeal doesn’t have to be your boring budget breakfast. Think outside the box and start getting excited about oats.

Share your favorite oatmeal tips with us below! 

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