The humble oat is an oft-forgotten grain that is usually overlooked for the uber-trendy quinoa or the everyday staple rice. But oatmeal is a superfood that deserves a little more attention — it’s full of fiber, protein and essential nutrients. To celebrate National Oatmeal Day, we’re here to take your plain old bowl of oats to the next level. From oatmeal-filled brownies to savory grain bowls to cookies packed with everything but the kitchen sink, these Quaker-iffic eats will have you happy and full for hours.


1. Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie: This healthy, dessert-like sipper will brighten up any day. It’s all the flavor of your favorite cookies without the dairy, gluten or sugar! (via Just So Tasty)


2. Pumpkin Soda Bread: No need to slice these bad boys. Just pass ’em around your table this holiday season and be sure to make a few extra batches. (via The Breakfast Drama Queen)


3. Banana Oatmeal Brûlée: Good enough for dessert, this oatmeal is creamy with a crunchy-sugary top. You can even make it ahead of time for an indulgent but healthy breakfast all week long. (via 24 Carrot Life)

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4. “Bacon” ‘n’ Eggs Oatmeal: Topped with poached egg and crispy chicken skin brushed with sorghum and sea salt, this non-traditional bacon tastes *almost* better than the real thing. Rest assured, this recipe is easier than it sounds! (via I Will Not Eat Oysters)


5. Carrot Cake Oatmeal: Breakfast is something worth making the effort for, especially when it looks like this. This warm, satisfying and delicious oatmeal will give you the fuel and energy to start your day off right. (via Goodness is Gorgeous)

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6. Savory Granola: Yes, it *is* a thing and it’s delicious. Trade croutons for this way healthier option and enjoy oats with your lunch or dinner. (via Cravings in Amsterdam)


7. Salty Sweet Caramel Cookie Sandwiches: Treat yo’ self with these ice cream cookie sandwiches. You’ll be sure to win the office cookie bake-off with this recipe too. (via Brit + Co)

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8. Baked Oatmeal Muffins: Lose the “I don’t have time for breakfast excuse” with this grab-and-go meal. It’s gluten-free too! (via Gourmet Mommy)


9. No-Bake Fruit and Yogurt Crumble Pies: There’s no need to turn on the oven with this effortless dessert. It’s full of nutrients and ingredients you probably already have at home. (via Runnin Sri Lankan)


10. Cajun Spiced Chicken Cutlet: Chicken and oats are way beyond basic with this healthier take on spicy fried chicken. You definitely won’t be disappointed at dinnertime with this crunchy dish. (via Flavor Quotient)


11. Gingerbread Oatmeal: Move over, pumpkin spice. It’s almost time for the spicy sweetness of gingerbread. Grab an extra gingerbread cookie on the go for an extra special breakfast. (via Breakfast Drama Queen)


12. Savory Oatmeal With Garlicky Greens and Bacon: Grain bowls are so on trend, but quinoa or sorghum aren’t for everyone. Trade them out for oats if you’re not a fan. (via Heartbeet Kitchen)


13. Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies: Trade raisins for cranberries to make these perfect-for-fall cookies. Pair it with a PSL and you are good to go. (via Recipe Runner)


14. Chinese Oatmeal: Put down the takeout menu and try this fun DIY version of your normal noodle-based stir-fry. Rolled oats take the place of rice and you’ll never know the difference. (via Kiip Fit)


15. Apple Coconut Oatmeal: Apples and coconut flakes are the perfect topping for a semi-seasonal breakfast. Top with cinnamon for the ultimate morning pick-me-up. (via That Girl Cooks Healthy)


16. Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: Four ingredients are all you need for these vegan, gluten-free cookies that everyone will L-O-V-E. (via An Unrefined Vegan)


17. Edible Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough: Classify this under “snassert”: a cross between a snack and a dessert. Or just classify it under “tasty.” (via In It 4 the Long Run)

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18. Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies: Have a little of this and a little of that left over in your pantry? Use it all up with these cookies that are sure to become your new favorite dessert. (via Brit + Co)

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19. Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Quiche With an Oatmeal Crust: The oatmeal crust here gives a sweet, slightly nutty flavor that complements and adds a hearty bite to the eggs. Enjoy this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (via Sifted Not Stirred)


20. Decadent Apple Crisp: Make space on your Thanksgiving table for this dessert. The oatmeal topping isn’t just delicious — it’s healthy too. (via The Gingham Apron)


21. Healthy Brownies With a Surprise Ingredient: Desserts with beans are all the rage right now. Whip these ones up for a decadent and protein-filled snack. (via Brit + Co)


22. Japanese Savory Oats: These oats will change how you think about breakfast. Plus, it’s totally Instagram-worthy with the purple sweet potato. (via Food Fitness Fresh Air)

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23. Sukari Smoothie Overnight Oatmeal: Smoothie or overnight oats for breakfast? You don’t have to choose with this smoothie bowl. (via My Mouth Is Full)


24. Chocolate Chip Cookies: Made with chickpeas (!!), these gluten-free, vegan and absolutely amazing cookies are completely guilt-free. (via Brit + Co)

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? Leave us your favorite recipe below in the comments!