These three favorite oatmeal recipes worth waking up for will give you new reasons to rise and shine. Oatmeal is such a satisfying, healthy morning meal and with add-in options like chocolate and almond butter, it’s far from boring.

I love changing up my cozy oatmeal bowl with different toppings and such. And today, I’m sharing three of my recent favorites. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!


These three favorite oatmeal recipes all have one thing in common – Coach’s Oats. Have you tried Coach’s Oats? If not, you’re sadly missing out.

Coach’s Oats aren’t just regular oats. They were invented by a gymnastics coach who wanted an oatmeal that wasn’t soggy or pasty, so he experimented with whole grain oats (aka groats) and started to toast, grind and cook his own oatmeal. Finally they invented a delicious and unique oatmeal unlike any other.

Coach’s Oats are prepared by toasting the groats to bring out the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n’ Toasted™ process means that Coach’s Oats are never mushy, always naturally delicious and cook in just 3 to 5 minutes on a stove top or in the microwave. You can read more about the difference in their oats right here.

Coach's Oats in a small white bowl and used for Three Favorite Oatmeal Recipes Worth Waking Up For


From stove-top oats, to overnight oats, to slower cooker oats… oatmeal will forever be my breakfast of choice. Why do I love it so much? Well, it’s…

  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Keeps me full all morning long
  • 100% whole grain
  • Gluten-free and vegan-friendly
  • Versatile

Here at Kim’s Cravings, I have so many oatmeal recipes and I can’t wait for you to make them all. For starters, check out some of my top recipes: Easy Blueberry Banana Oatmeal, Easy Pecan Pie Protein Oatmeal, Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal and Almond Joy Overnight Protein Oatmeal.


I love changing up my oats with whatever flavors I’m craving. Some of my favorite add-in ingredients to have on hand are:

Now let’s get down to business and talk about all the deliciousness with my three favorite oatmeal recipes!

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

This one might just be my favorite of the three! It’s the one I gravitate to more often- I just can’t get enough of the blueberry jam swirl combined with the spoonful of almond butter and juicy fresh blueberries. If you haven’t added jam to your oats, you MUST give it a try! So tasty! This is the brand I like best.

closeup view of oatmeal in a white bowl topped with blueberries, almond butter, pecans and blueberry jam

Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

These are such a hit with my kiddos! I can’t blame them, though. I mean, really, who can argue with chocolate and peanut butter?! It’s amazing that these taste so much like brownie batter, but they’re only sweetened with an extra ripe banana. And a scoop of cocoa into the oats turned them perfectly chocolatey for less than 10 calories and I added swirl of almond butter on top for good measure. For kicks and giggles, I threw on chopped peanuts for some crunch and a few mini chocolate chips.

closeup of chocolate brownie oatmeal in a white bowl with gold spoon

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal

This one is super simple, but oh so yummy. My trick for this oatmeal flavor is to add in a mashed ripe banana during the cooking process. This makes the oats creamier and gives them a lovely sweet flavor. Just make sure your banana is ripe – the browner the banana, the sweeter! Last but not least, you’ve got the TOPPINGS. The more mix-in’s the better in my opinion. These always change and are totally optional, but the ones I love in this bowl are chopped strawberries (of course), chia seeds, some crushed/chopped pistachios (slivered almonds are another favorite) and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut. After I get everything in the bowl, I always like to add a splash of almond milk because I like my oats with a little more liquid.

overhead view of strawberry banana oatmeal topped with strawberries, pistachios and banana slices

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Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

  • cup Coach’s Oats 100% whole grain oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or add it to taste
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon blueberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter/peanut butter/sunflower seed butter

Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

  • cup Coach’s Oats 100% whole grain oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter/peanut butter/sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts chopped

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal

  • cup Coach’s Oats 100% whole grain oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut


  • In a small saucepan, combine oats, banana (if using), water and cocoa, cinnamon, 1/4 cup blueberries, vanilla and salt (depending on the above recipe). Simmer until water has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 4-6 minutes.
  • Place into a small bowl and add toppings according to which above recipe you're making. Add a splash of unsweetened almond milk and sweeten with a packet (or 2) of stevia, if desired and enjoy!


*Toppings and add-ins are completely optional. Feel free to top oats with your favorite ingredients and what you may have on hand-on. If there is a topping, like pistachios, that you don't happen to have, just leave it out.
*Nutritional information is entered for the Coach's Oats only. Use My Fitness Pal or another nutritional calculator to add toppings and mix-ins. 
Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 10mg, Fiber: 4g, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1.4mg

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