If you are looking for recipes using oats, you’ve come to the right place. Included is 30 oat recipes that go beyond standard oatmeal, including sweet and savory options. It’s time to use this cheap pantry staple to its full potential.

30 Ways to use oats

Oats are a pantry staple that I always have on hand. You may think that oats are only good for making oatmeal, but they are actually an incredibly versatile grain.

Not only are oats full of nutrients and health benefits, they are also inexpensive. Unless you can’t tolerate oats or are on a special diet that excludes them, I would encourage everyone to get friendly with this lovely grain.

As part of our pantry highlight challenge, I’m sharing with you thirty recipes using oats to spark your creativity. Let’s start using oats to their fullest potential.

30 Recipes Using Oats

Stovetop Oatmeal

Stovetop oatmeal. A simple and inexpensive breakfast.

Yes, stovetop oatmeal is a basic recipe, but if you are still buying oatmeal packets, you need a good basic stovetop recipe in your life. Making oatmeal on the stove couldn’t be easier, is super cheap, and can be customized in so many different ways to jazz up your plain oatmeal.


Oat pancakes

oat pancakes on a white plate and topped with blueberries

These simple oat pancakes are naturally whole grain and gluten free. Using basic pantry ingredients, they can be whipped up easily in the blender and on the skillet in no time.

Easy Granola

Granola spilled on parchment paper

Granola is great to make for meal prep or for gifts. Sprinkle it on yogurt, fruit, smoothie bowls, or just snack on it by itself.

4. Baked apple oatmeal

Baked apple oatmeal

This baked apple oatmeal is a winner for fall and perfect for breakfast meal prep.

Pumpkin oat muffins

Pumpkin oat muffinsGimme Some Oven

Healthy pumpkin oat muffins are awesome in the fall for breakfast or snacks. I love that they don’t use flour, but just blended oats.

Banana oat muffins

Banana oatmeal muffinsBren Did

These healthy oatmeal muffins sweetened with bananas are a staple snack in our house. Every time I have over ripe bananas that I need to use, I whip up a batch.

Breakfast cookies

Breakfast cookies six waysShe Likes Food

Breakfast cookies are a great grab and go breakfast option to make in advance. I bet you could make a bunch and put in the freezer too.

Strawberry banana oat bars

Strawberry banana oat barsRunning with Spoons

These strawberry banana oat bars are just calling out to me. Don’t they look awesome? I love that they use simple ingredients too. Great for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.


Meatloaf with oatsSpinach Tiger

Oats also make a great binder. You can use them in any way you would breadcrumbs like in this meatloaf. I use them frequently this way for a gluten-free alternative.


turkey meatballs with oatsFood.com

Turkey meatballs also use oats as a binder and they look super tasty.

Oat crusted chicken strips

Oat crusted chickenThe Kitchen Whisperer

Oat crusted chicken strips are a brilliant way to bread chicken. Kid friendly and fiber rich.

Icelandic Vegetable and Oat Soup

Vegetable and oat soup

Oats are also excellent at thickening soups. This Icelandic vegetable and oat soup looks incredibly hearty and comforting for the cold fall and winter months.

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

Mediterranean stuffed mushroomsOats Everyday

Oats can even be used as a delicious stuffing as showcased in these Mediterranean stuffed mushrooms. Yum!

Savory oatmeal

Garlic oats with a fried eggMy Food Story

Most people are familiar with sweet oatmeal, but they can also be savory. Here are five savory oatmeal recipes that look delicious.

Oat flour dinner rolls

Oat flour dinner rollsGrain Mill Wagon

Oats can even be used to make oat flour dinner rolls. Who knew?

Oat stuffed baked pears

Oat stuffed baked pearsDelish

If you have pears, oats, nuts, and sweetener, you are on your way to a deliciously simple dessert. These oat stuffed baked pears look delish!

Oatmeal pie crust

oatmeal pie crustTastes of Lizzy T

Oats can also be made into an oatmeal pie crust, which is somewhat similar to a cookie crust.

Oatmeal Smoothie

Oatmeal smoothieWell Plated

If you are trying to bump up your fiber intake, try this oatmeal smoothie recipe. Oats add a creaminess and slightly sweet flavor that I love in a smoothie.

Oat milk

Oat milkLexi’s Clean Kitchen

Oat milk is a great milk alternative that is gaining popularity in the dairy-free world. It’s actually very easy to make your own at home too.

Oatmeal raisin cookie dough “ice cream”

Oat ice creamEating Bird Food

Oatmeal raisin cookie dough “ice cream” is a creative way to enjoy a healthy dairy-free dessert.

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Helpful tools when cooking with oats

A high speed blender is needed when breaking down oats into a powder. There are many blenders out there, but I own and love the Ninja. It’s a middle of the road blender that has served us well.

What is your favorite way to use oats?

Ways to use oats