32 Oats Recipes for Breakfast & Snack

Updated: September 2, 2022, By Swasthi

Oats recipes – Collection of 32 healthy, delicious, quick and easy oats recipes to try. Oat like whole wheat or brown rice is a whole grain and comes with tons of health benefits. There are a few different kinds of oats that are available in the market. Often readers ask me about the kind of oat to use for a particular recipe. So sharing them briefly here with pictures.

Oats Recipes

Kinds of oats

Steel cut oats

These are coarsely cut groats with a sharp steel blade. If you look at the nutritional profile on the pack of a steel cut oats, it is the same as the whole groats. The cook time of this is slightly lesser than the whole groats as they are cut.

steel cut oats

Whole oat groats

These are hulled oat kernels meaning the outermost layer that is inedible is removed from the whole grain oats. These are chewy and go great in salads, slow cooked stews and pilafs.

The cooking time of oat groats is quite long as much as 50 to 60 mins apart from the soaking time. These need a good overnight soak before cooking. If you try to cook these without soaking then they take much longer.

These are easier to cook in a pressure cooker or in a instant pot.

Scottish oatmeal

The whole groats are stone ground to coarse meal, great to make porridge and stews. Cooking time is about 15 to 20 mins.

I use these to make chicken oats soup or lentil oats soup.

Regular or Rolled oats

These are made similar to the Indian Poha. They are steamed and then rolled to flatten them. So they can be eaten as such without cooking. They also cook quite fast. It is always good to use these organic since we do not rinse them and are consumed directly.

rolled oats

Quick cook oatmeal

These are steamed for longer and pressed more to make them flakes than the previous kind. You can find on the pack of quick oats that the nutritional profile is almost the same as the rolled variety.

instant oats

The best kind of oats to use are the whole groats or steel cut oats as they are least processed and keep us full for longer. The next choice should be rolled variety.

Quick cook or instant variety are more processed and is almost similar to any processed food and is good to avoid them.

Making a bowl of oatmeal is the easiest and can be made within 10 minutes with zero monitoring.

But most of us may not prefer to eat a porridge regularly. Here are 32 healthy easy oats recipes that we have been enjoying at home for years now.

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32 Oats recipes – Breakfast

The collection includes recipes suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. You can also find 3 ladoo varieties, pancakes, muffins, idli, dosa, uttapam, porridge, chivda etc.

Oats upma is an easy & simple dish made similar to a basic South Indian Rava upma. This recipe can be made using any kind of oats. This post includes 2 recipes with quick oatmeal and rolled oats. You can make it plain or with mixed vegetables.

oats upma

Oats dosa is a thin crisp crepe made with powdered oats, spices & herbs. This post shares 2 oats dosa recipes – Instant dosa and with leftover dosa batter. Both turn out delicious and crispy. These are great for breakfast or meal. Serve them with a chutney.

oats dosa

Oats Masala Dosa : South Indian Style crispy dosa made with oatmeal and spiced potato stuffing. These are similar to the South Indian masala dosa. These are great to have for brunch or dinner.

Oats Masala Dosa

Coconut oats – Quick breakfast recipe using rolled oats, fresh coconut and basic spices. It can be served with curd. This is similar to the south Indian coconut rice.

coconut oats recipe

Oat egg omelette : This super quick 10 minutes oats recipe will be your new favorite if you love egg omelets for breakfast. You can serve these for a meal with a bowl or soup or just with any meal. We also love this sandwiches and kathi rolls.

oats omelet recipes

Oats Idli recipe is a variation to the traditional south Indian steamed breakfast Idli. These can be served for breakfast or even for a meal with tomato chutney or coconut chutney.

oats idli oats recipes

Oats uttapam : A quick uttapam made with oatmeal. This post includes 2 recipes. You can also make them with left over dosa batter.

oats uttapam recipes

Overnight Oats – No cook recipe. All you need to do is assemble the ingredients the previous night and refrigerate. You are set to enjoy the wholesome nutritious breakfast in the morning. A perfect week day breakfast and you can also carry it to work in a mason jar.

overnight oats recipes

Oats besan cheela – Enjoy these quick, healthy, delicious and crisp savory pancakes made with gram flour and oatmeal. They make a great breakfast or a snack.

oats cheela recipes

Vegetable oat porridge : Great breakfast for those who do not like sweet porridge. You can make this with veggies of your choice. This oats porridge can be made with any kind of oats including steel cut oats.

vegetable oats recipes

Breakfast oatmeal with dried fruits : If you are new to cooking oats, then this super easy oats recipe can be a quick guide to make healthy breakfast oats. You can find the timings for stove top & instant pot versions for all kinds of oats.

oatmeal with dried fruits

Chocolate oats – Delicious oatmeal made with rolled oats, milk, nuts and chocolate. This is great to enjoy once in a while when you are too bored with your regular boring oat meal.

chocolate oats

Oats fruit smoothie – If you have tried a oatmeal smoothie before and has never liked it then do try this with seasonal fruits & juice. You can use any fruits you have in hand like mangoes, banana or apple.

oats smoothie

Oats & scrambled eggs : This bhurji oats recipe is great for those who love to add some protein to their morning breakfast oats. This dish has mixed veggies, some scrambled eggs, spice powders and oats.

Oats & egg porridge is another quick recipe for those who love the egg custard. Stirring in an egg in the oats porridge will not only increase the nutrition value but also makes the oatmeal creamy.

oats egg porridge

Oats kheer or oats payasam is a rich delicious pudding made with oats, ghee, nuts, cardamom powder and milk. This can be made with jaggery or sugar.

oats kheer

Oats recipes for Lunch or dinner

Savory Steel cut oats – The most delicious lentil and steelcut oats one pot recipe that you can with any vegetables you like.

steel cut oats

Oats Bisibelebath : Oatmeal and lentils cooked with mixed vegetables and spice powders.

oats bisi bele bath recipes

Curd oats recipe is a simple delicious dish made by mixing cooked oats in yogurt. It is then tempered with basic spices and herbs.

curd oats recipes

Masala oatmeal : Oatmeal cooked with Indian masala aka spices. Makes a good breakfast.

masala oats recipes

Oats Khichdi : North Indian style Khichdi made with mixed vegetables and moong dal. You can also use any other dal you prefer.

oats khichdi oats recipes

Curd oatmeal for babies :

curd oats recipes for baby

Oatmeal pancakes : The best healthy pancakes I ever made. This post includes a recipe to make your own healthy chocolate syrup at home. These can be served with chocolate syrup, jam , honey or maple syrup.

oatmeal pancakes recipes

Oats vegetable soup: This mixed veggie & oatmeal soup is great for a quick dinner or meal. We usually serve it with some bread toast, sandwiches or salad.

oats vegetable soup

Apple oat recipe If you love fruit flavours then you may like this.

apple oats recipes

Oats pongal : South Indian style pongal made with moong dal, pepper corn and ginger. Makes a quick lunch or dinner.

oats pongal recipes
oats pongal

Oats Pongal

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Oats pongal is a delicious protein packed South Indian dish made with rolled oats, moong dal, spices and curry leaves. It makes for a great breakfast or a light dinner. Serve it with chutney or pickle.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup moong dal (skinned split mung lentils)
  • 2 to 2½ cups water (4 cups for instant pot)
  • 8 to 10 cashews
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper corn (crushed, adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more to adjust)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated or fine minced
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or as needed
  • teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 green chilli slit (optional)



  • Dry roast oats in a pot or pressure cooker for 3 to 4 minutes and remove them to a bowl. This step helps to make less sticky oats pongal.
  • To the same pot or cooker, add moong dal and dry roast for 5 to 6 minutes on a medium heat until aromatic. This makes your oats pongal aromatic.
  • Pour water and rinse the dal well at least thrice. Pour 1½ cups water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. If cooking in a pot, cook until moong dal becomes soft and mushy. If needed add more water while you cook.
  • Once the pressure releases, open the lid and check. Dal has to be soft cooked. Pour ¾ to 1 cup hot water and add roasted oats.
  • Cover and cook on a low to medium heat until oats are softened. Rolled oats do not take too long to cook as they are pre-steamed.
  • Add salt as required and taste test it to adjust.
  • Heat a pan with ghee. Add ginger and green chilli (optional). Saute for 30 to 40 seconds, then add cumin seeds, cashew nuts, curry leaves and black pepper.
  • Fry until the cashews become light golden. Then add hing and turmeric. Turn off the stove.
  • Pour the tempering to the cooked oats and moong dal. Stir and cover for 5 minutes before serving.

Instant Pot Oats Pongal

  • Press the saute button and add ghee to the steel insert. Fry the cashews until golden and remove them to a bowl for garnishing later.
  • Add ginger, green chilies (optional), cumin seeds, black pepper and curry leaves. Saute until you begin to smell the curry leaves good.
  • Then add hing and oats. Roast for 2 to 3 mins. If the IP becomes too hot, press cancel in between and continue.
  • Add rinsed moong dal, turmeric and salt. Continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. I found this step makes the dish aromatic and less sticky.
  • Press cancel. Pour 4 cups water and deglaze the pot.
  • Secure the instant pot with the lid. Press pressure cook and set the timer to 8 minutes.
  • After the IP beeps, wait for natural pressure release for 8 minutes. Release the rest of the pressure manually.
  • Stir oats pongal. I prefer to top with little ghee. Serve with papads, pickle or chutney.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Oats Pongal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 453mg20%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 46IU1%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Oats pesarattu recipe : Pesarattu is a popular dosa variety from Andhra pradesh. An addition of oatmeal makes it even more healthy.

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Snacks – Oats recipes

Oats poha chivda : This delicious snack is made of rolled oats, poha, peanuts, curry leaves, dried coconut and spices. Enjoy this with your cup of masala chai.

oats chivda recipes

Granola made on stove top : Usually granola is baked in oven, but this recipe helps you to make it on stovetop or on a gas stove. It is made with jaggery instead of maple syrup or honey.

homemade granola oats recipes

Oats coconut ladoo: These are a must try festive delight, a variation to the coconut jaggery ladoo.

oats ladoo recipes

Oat dry fruits ladoo – Made with dry fruits and oatmeal, no added sugar.

oats dry fruits ladoo recipes

Oat sesame ladoo : These can also be made with peanuts or any other nuts. They are made with jaggery and no ghee or any other fats are used. Makes a great mid morning or evening snack for kids and everyone.

oats sesame ladoo recipes

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Hi Swasthi,

Thank you so much for sharing. I have found this blog extremely helpful and I appreciate your enthusiasm in helping others become great cooks. Also, can you please share your stove top Granola recipe whenever you get time? It definitely looks yummy.

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Please share also oats roti recipe, it is very delicious nutritious and good alternative for gluten free or diabetics.

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Where do we buy oats?
What is oats

A balanced approach to guide the use of oats as proper suppliments to food

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Kindly post , if you have collection of recipes similar to this..using Quinoa.
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