These oatmeal recipes are perfect for a hardgainer or an athlete looking for energy and nutrition to fuel workouts. Steel cut oats are essential grains that are full of magnesium, B-vitamins, calcium, and protein. They also have a lower glycemic index than instant oats, which makes them an excellent choice for any meal.

 

Hearty Cashew Oatmeal

hearty cashew oatmeal

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups water

1 cup steel cut oats

¼ tsp salt

½ cup whole milk

½ cup cashews

¼ cup unsweetened dried goji berries

2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut

½ cup cashew butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling on top

1/2 sliced banana for topping, if desired

 

Instructions:

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir oats into boiling water.
  2. Cook oats until thick and soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir milk, cashew butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon into cooked oats.
  4. Continue cooking 5-10 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  5. Drizzle with honey, cashews, goji, flaked coconut, and serve.

 

Almond Joy Oatmeal

almond joy oatmeal

 

Ingredients:

1 cup steel cut oats

3 ½ cups water

½ cup whole milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup of coconut manna

2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut

½ cup of almond butter

½ cup of almonds

2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling

Small handful of blueberries for topping, if desired

 

Instructions:

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir oats into boiling water.
  2. Cook oats until thick and soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir coconut oil, milk, almond butter, and coconut manna into cooked oats.
  4. Continue cooking 5-10 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  5. Drizzle with honey, almonds, coconut flakes, and serve.

 

Peanut Butter and Banana Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large mashed ripe bananas, plus additional banana slices for serving
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the honey, peanut butter, and flaxseed in a 4-6-quart slow cooker and stir.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (overnight) or on high for 4 hours, until the oats are soft but maintain a bit of chew. Remove cover and stir to evenly combine the ingredients.
  3. Add peanut butter and stir.
  4. Drizzle with honey, sliced bananas, flaxseed and serve.

 

Vegan Creamy Coconut Macadamia Nut Oatmeal

vegan oatmeal

 

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups water

1 cup steel cut oats

¼ teaspoon salt

1 can of full fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut manna

½ cup of macadamia nuts

½ cup kiwi

¼ cup unsweetened dried goji berries

2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling on top

 

Instructions:

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir oats into boiling water.
  2. Cook oats until thick and soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir coconut milk, coconut manna, vanilla extract, and cinnamon into cooked oats.
  4. Continue cooking 5-10 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  5. Drizzle with honey, nuts, goji, kiwi, and serve.

 

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