10 Hot Oatmeal Recipes Because, You Know, There's a Polar Vortex Happening

It’s January, and, in case you hadn’t heard, it’s kind of cold outside. When your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s pretty easy to justify throwing it across the room and then pulling the covers back over your head. But in case you have — I don’t know — a job or something, we’ve scouted out the best possible breakfast scenario to get you started: hot, heaping portions of oatmeal. From a dark chocolate chunk cheesecake oatmeal to a childhood-reminiscent PB&J-inspired porridge, we have everything you need for your winter wake-up. With your spoon as your sword, you can do anything. That’s what breakfast is all about. So keep reading for 10 tasty hot oatmeal bowls to beat the winter blues.

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by Emily Mack

Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans and Caramelized Bananas

Want to quick cook your steel-cut oats? Soak them overnight, and you just earned yourself 15 extra minutes in your warm bed. Top with toasted pecans and caramelized bananas and then, like, take over the world and stuff. (via The Little Epicurean)

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Oatmeal

Just because it’s breakfast time doesn’t mean you can’t get at some cheesecake. Try this baked oatmeal recipe with a hearty dollop of mascarpone cheese and sweet chunks of deep, dark chocolate. Good morning. (via How Sweet It Is)

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Blackberry Apricot Sunflower Oatmeal

This recipe is all about the toppings — fresh blackberries, plump apricots, and a mighty sprinkle of sunflower seeds. Warm up quickly with a bowl of this breakfast. (via Joy The Baker)

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Porridge with Chunky Granola

If you’ve never stirred a spoonful of peanut butter into a bowl of hot oats, you’re missing out. This recipe outwits the basic bowl of oatmeal with the nostalgic flavors of everybody’s favorite PB&J sandwich. Grab a spoon. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This oatmeal means business. Combining shredded carrots, raisins, and a sweet maple-walnut-sunflower seed topping, this dish has covered all its bases — guaranteeing you a great start to your day. (via Green Kitchen Stories)

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Tropical Pineapple Boozy Baked Oatmeal

It’s cold out there. So nobody’s going to blame you for adding a little nip in your breakfast. This piña colada-inspired oatmeal bake will warm you right up. (via Oh She Glows)

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Eggnog Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas and Vanilla Bean Brown Butter

Oatmeal with bananas is technically a healthy breakfast. Celebrate the beauty of such technicalities with this eggnog baked oatmeal with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean brown butter. (via How Sweet It Is)

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Cranberry Orange Steel-Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats take a little bit more time, but with a few extra stirs of the wooden spoon, you’re left with a big hot mess of thick, creamy, indulgent oatmeal. Cook up your next batch with orange zest and then top it with a gingered cranberry sauce for the full effect. (via Cookie + Kate)

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Baked Raspberry Oatmeal

More caramelized bananas buoy the base of this baked oatmeal recipe. The top is drizzled in warm raspberries and then sprinkled with a few crunches of slivered almonds. Wake up already. (via A Cozy Kitchen)

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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Sweet Potato

Warm hunks of sweet potato are a great way to warm up in the morning. Stir into cooked rolled oats and mix with maple syrup, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spices, and you will be well-fed and unstoppable. (via Foodie Crush)

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