"I never liked oatmeal until my mom found this wonderful combination of uncooked oats and fresh fruit," shares teenager Sarah Hunt of Everett, Washington. "Now I often make it myself for breakfast or an after-school snack."
Baked oatmeal is a popular breakfast in my house. I make it often for my husband and seven children because it's budget friendly and versatile. I like to add a variety of dried fruits or nuts to mix it up. —Christina Smeal, Fairmont, West Virginia
“My family loves fruity flavored oatmeals like this one,” explains Renee Endress from Galva, Illinois. “I came up with this recipe when I had lots of blueberries on hand, and it became an instant favorite. Not only is it nutritious and filling, but it smells so wonderful and homey.” TIP: For a change of pace, try different fruits or flavors of nondairy creamer.
This rib-sticking porridge is made with oats and protein-rich quinoa. Added pumpkin, maple syrup, walnuts and dried cranberries make it a kid-friendly breakfast.—Jennifer Wickes, Pine Beach, New Jersey
I found this recipe online, and was convinced I was eating yummy apple crisp for breakfast. I even cut down on the butter, but this hearty oatmeal remained moist and scrumptious, and worked great when cooked overnight. —Monica Lord, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
The classic flavors of peanut butter and bananas come together in this kid- and adult-friendly oatmeal. Debbie Perdue of Westland, Michigan writes, “I tweaked one of my diet recipes to fit my husband's taste buds. We have eaten it many mornings.”
Sleepyheads will love the heartiness of this nutritious cooked cereal with cinnamon. It's loaded with chopped fruit and nuts. Eat it with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or blueberries. —John Vale, Hardin, MT
I tasted muesli on a trip to Switzerland, and when I came home, I made it my way. Keep things interesting (and avoid the mid-morning munchies) by adding different fruits and nuts every day. —Maddie Kirk, Springfield, Pennsylvania
My twin girls can give me double trouble when I try to feed them breakfast. But whenever I make this recipe, they always have big helpings. They also like to help pick the apples from the trees in our own backyard.