14 Oatmeal Recipes That Taste More Like Dessert Than Breakast

January is apparently National Oatmeal Month, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate one of the best breakfast foods ever: oatmeal. There are a lot of amazing things about oatmeal: it's a comfort food that isn't bad for you, it will warm you up on the coldest of mornings, it tastes delicious, and it fills you up. But the most wonderful thing about oatmeal is how versatile it is. You can add almost anything to a bowl of oatmeal and turn it into an impressive breakfast. You can choose to keep it super healthy, sort of healthy, or just go full-on dessert mode. That's what we're here for today!

Oatmeal might sound boring to some people, but when you turn it into a dish that is more like dessert than breakfast, it instantly becomes amazing. There are so many ways to turn this heart-healthy dish into something resembling your favorite pie. These 14 recipes are all easy to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you completely ruin your diet. Enjoy!

Coconut Oatmeal with Persimmons and Palm Sugar

Mmmm. Doesn’t this just sound like the most perfect breakfast ever to eat while you’re relaxing on a balcony looking over the Caribbean? Coconut milk makes this taste like dessert.

Recipe and Photo: FoodandStyle.com

Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

Made with rich coconut milk and lots of chocolate in a slow cooker, this oatmeal is so creamy and wonderful that you really might be able to trick yourself into thinking you’re drinking a hot chocolate. Except you’re not. You’re eating oatmeal! What a wonderful world we live in.

Recipe and Photo: OatmealWithAFork.com

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Can you even call this oatmeal? It’s pretty much pumpkin pie. Just as creamy, just as sweet, and just as delicious. 

Recipe and Photo: GoodLifeEats.com

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Oatmeal

Cheesecake?! Chocolate?! Does it get any better than that?? The answer is no. At this point, you really have to think of this as dessert for breakfast.

Recipe and Photo: HowSweetEats.com

Strawberry Banana Cream Baked Oatmeal Squares

I mean, come on — these even look like dessert. The best thing about these delectable little squares is that once they cool, they’re great for breakfast on the go. Because why should you be denied dessert in the morning?

Recipe and Photo: HowSweetEats.com

Cranberry Orange Steel-Cut Oats

This sweet steel-cut oatmeal bowl will taste like dessert, but honestly, it’s not even that bad for you! Does it get any better than that?

Recipe and Photo: CookieandKate.com

Morning Glory Oats

This option is made with steel-cut oats, coconut, carrots, milk, orange, and lots of delicious spices. It’s the perfect creamy, warming dessert… um, I mean breakfast… for a cold winter morning.

Recipe and Photo: JoyTheBaker.com

Overnight Steel-Cut Oats With Pecans and Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas might actually be the best thing ever. They add sweetness and a wonderful flavor to anything they’re in. Plus, overnight oatmeal is amazing. You have breakfast waiting for you when you wake up!

Recipe and Photo: TheLittleEpicurean.com

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Don’t think of this as oatmeal. Think of it as carrot cake, because that’s basically what it is. And it’s totally acceptable to eat before 11 a.m. WIN. 

Recipe and Photo: ABetterHappierStSebastian.com

Baked Raspberry Oatmeal

With raspberries, fried banana slices, lots of sugar and butter, and a slightly crispy topping, this baked oatmeal is almost more like a raspberry crisp than anything else.

Recipe and Photo: ACozyKitchen.com

Wholesome Baked Oatmeal

With molasses, dates, fruit, and walnuts, this delicious baked oatmeal will satisfy any sweet tooth craving. 

Recipe and Photo: FoodDoodles.com

Summer Mango Coconut Porridge

It might be the middle of the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a summery oatmeal in the morning… or for dessert, because this fruity “breakfast” is full of delicious, sweet flavors.

Recipe and Photo: ABetterHappierStSebastian.com

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

This oatmeal sounds so good that you would never know it’s dairy-free… and actually full of some pretty healthy ingredients. Make this when you want to eat dessert but you also want to attempt to eat better. 

Recipe and Photo: OatmealWithAFork.com


Maple Oatmeal With Sweet Potatoes

This oatmeal, made with pumpkin pie spices and sweet potatoes, will taste like the best parts of Thanksgiving and will fill you up. 

Recipe and Photo: FoodieCrush.com