The idea of savory oatmeal might sound strange to some, but we here at Great Harvest in Kirkwood think that once you've tried it you'll be hooked. Use rolled oats rather than instant or quick-cooking oats to make sure you get all the brilliant benefits of whole grains in your diet. To get you started, we'd like to provide you with a few of our favorites, but one of the best things about oatmeal is its versatility, so don't be afraid to experiment!

Baked coffee & almond oatmeal

This healthy flapjack alternative makes for an excellent breakfast and due to oats' low glycemic index, they release their energy slowly over time meaning you'll be full right up until lunch. This recipe makes 6 servings, but it keeps well in an airtight container so can be reheated and enjoyed for breakfast throughout the week!

2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup strong black coffee
1 cup milk (or your preferred substitute)
1 egg (beaten)
¼ cup almonds (sliced)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix and stir well to combine. Grease a baking dish, pour the mixture in, top with the almonds and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

Sweet potato oatmeal

This make a delicious, warming bowl of oatmeal perfect for a cold February evening, and sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E and are rich in antioxidants, so it's great if you're feeling blue.

⅓ cup oats
1 ¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sweet potato (mashed)
Herbs de Provence (substitute mixed herbs or your favorites if you wish)

To make your mashed sweet potato, cut a medium sweet potato into small cubes, add them to a medium pot of cold water and bring it to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or so, or until the potato is tender (it should slide off a fork held upside down). Then simply drain it and mash it! Combine the oats, water and sat in a saucepan and bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover the pot and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for around 7 - 8 minutes. Add the mashed potato and mix well, then season to taste. Cook until it's your desired consistency, then serve up. We like to add to dash of ketchup, too…

'McMuffin' oatmeal

This one may not be quite as healthy an option, but it sure is delicious. Cheese is an excellent source of calcium and cheese, eggs and bacon are all fantastic protein sources, so you needn't feel guilty enjoying this fast-food inspired treat every once in a while.

⅓ cup oats
1 ¼ cup water
2 strips bacon
1 egg (beaten)
¼ cup grated cheese of your choice (we like to use cheddar)
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the oats and water in saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat, cover, and let cook (stirring occasionally) for 7 minutes or so. While the oats cook, fry your bacon until it's nice and crispy. When the oats are very nearly done, mix in the egg and grated cheese and stir vigorously. Cook until it's your desired consistency, then serve and top with bacon strips. Alternatively, you can cut the bacon into little pieces and stir it through your oatmeal. Delicious!

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