5 Recipes That Prove Oatmeal Has Amazing Secret Talents

So you thought you and your oats were pretty close. After all those mornings waking up together, you knew everything about each other … right? Turns out, your old friend has been leading a secret life. A surprising life. A savory life. Curious? Check out these five recipes that will have you thinking outside the oatmeal bowl.

Make your smoothie more satisfying by grinding oats to a fine powder in the blender before adding all that nutrient-rich fruit. It amps up a standard sip with fiber and and adds a hearty texture. You may even want to break out your spoon for this one.

Greek salad, meet oatmeal. Sound like an unlikely couple? Think of this one-pot meal as an easier, faster and fresher version of risotto, and something that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Cake, meet cookies. Now that’s a couple we can get behind! This dish transforms the dynamic chocolate chip and oatmeal duo into a tender, moist-yet-crumbly snack cake that’s perfect to set out on the counter as an after-school snack.

This savory oatmeal is a great fit for breakfast, but that’s where the similarities with your standard bowl come to an end. Ham, shredded cheese, and fresh chives take it in the direction of a breakfast sandwich — and (as always) when in doubt, put an egg on it!

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

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

Sometimes the only thing standing between you and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is the idea of having a pot to wash before you’re even fully caffeinated. This no-cook version steeps oatmeal with milk and fruit overnight for a breakfast you can pull straight from the fridge — no cooking equipment required.

Merritt Watts is a writer and eater in San Francisco, where strawberries are almost always in season.

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