Warm Up with Winter-Ready Oatmeal for Breakfast

With a heartiness that’ll keep you going long past breakfast and a warmth that’ll keep you cozy on the coldest of winter mornings, oatmeal is perfect for your first meal of the day. These healthful whole-grains can be cooked on the stove, sauteed in a skillet, baked in the oven and even prepared overnight in the fridge. So no matter how you cook your oats and whichever way you serve them, this versatile grain is sure to make it into your weekly rotation.

Slow-Cooker Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

Combine barley with whole-grain oats for the ultimate healthy start to the day. Dehulled or hull-less barley is unprocessed and takes longer to cook than pearled barley; use either, depending on how much time you have. Pick your favorite toppings, like milk, chopped dried fruit, fresh fruit or nuts.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Alton sautes steel-cut oats (or pinhead oats, as they’re referred to in England) in butter so the natural sugar in the oats will caramelize and develop a toasty taste. Keep an eye on the pan, though, so it doesn’t burn.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal

Throw together this healthy oatmeal the night before and enjoy it the next morning. Combine the milk, oats, blueberries, brown sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, almond extract and a pinch of salt in a glass pint jar or other container with a lid, then shake and let it sit overnight.

You can serve this cold, but if you prefer a little warmth, remove the lid and microwave the oatmeal until hot, about 1 minute.

Berry-Oatmeal Bake

Combine oats with almond milk, egg, vanilla and almond extract for a breakfast bake that’s easy on the calories and fat. With a crunchy oat-almond topping, it’s almost like a fruit cobbler.

Get more oatmeal recipes to satisfy your cold-weather cravings and try 5 Savory Spins on Oatmeal Bowls.

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