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6 Oatmeal Swaps for a Delicious Breakfast

Tired of the same old oatmeal every morning? We get it, breakfast can be a bore. That’s why we’ve been experimenting in the kitchen—okay, mostly just looking for different toppings but still!—to bring you some fresh alternatives.

Remember the time we tried adding bacon bits to our oatmeal? Not our best idea. But we’ve learned a lot since then.

We’re here to share six awesome ways to switch up your morning routine without the fuss. Trust us, these swaps are about to make your mornings exciting again. Welcome to a new breakfast game.

6 Easy Substitutes for Oatmeal

In case you’re not familiar with this breakfast staple, oatmeal is a type of porridge made from ground oats mixed with water or milk. It’s often served hot and can be customized with various toppings like fruit, nuts, and sweeteners.

But let’s face it, eating oatmeal every day can get boring fast. So here are some alternative options to keep things interesting:

1 – Quinoa

First, let’s talk about quinoa. It’s a super versatile grain; yes, we know oats aren’t grains, but bear with us.

Quinoa cooks up fluffy, adding a delightful texture to breakfast bowls. It’s packed with protein and has a mild, nutty flavor. We love how you can make it sweet or savory.

Swap your oatmeal for quinoa using a 1:1 ratio. For an easy recipe, rinse one cup of quinoa and cook it with two cups of water.

Let it simmer until tender. If you also want to explore more amazing substitutes, check out our quinoa substitutes guide.

2 – Chia Pudding

Next up, chia pudding. It’s like dessert for breakfast. Chia seeds turn into a creamy, pudding-like treat when soaked. This texture is good for those who like a bit of mouthfeel.

Mix three tablespoons of chia seeds with one cup of almond milk. Let it sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning, add honey, fruits, or nuts.

Here’s a fun fact: we tried adding chocolate chips once, and it was amazing! Chia pudding is easy, tasty, and gives you that little sweet kick in the morning.

3 – Greek Yogurt with Toppings

For those who prefer a more traditional breakfast, Greek yogurt can be a great substitute for oatmeal. It’s packed with protein and probiotics, making it a healthy and filling option.

While plain Greek yogurt may not sound very exciting, the toppings are what make this breakfast shine. Add fresh fruits, honey, nuts, or granola for added flavor and texture.

Bonus tip: add some frozen berries to your bowl before you go to bed. By morning, they will have thawed and created a delicious fruity sauce for your yogurt.

4 – Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are our go-to when we want a fresh start. They’re just like smoothies, but thicker and eaten with a spoon. This switch will keep your mornings exciting.

To make a smoothie bowl, blend your choice of fruits, some yogurt, and a splash of milk. Pour the mixture into a bowl.

Top with granola, nuts, and berries. The texture and crunch make it a treat. We usually go for a banana-berry combo. It tastes good and is super refreshing.

5 – Cottage Cheese Delight

“Cottage cheese is our surprise breakfast hero.” With its creamy texture and slight tang, it suits both sweet and savory cravings.

Switching from oatmeal? Easy. Replace it cup-for-cup. It’s versatile—mix with honey or fruit for sweetness, or try herbs and veggies for savory vibes.

For a quick recipe, grab a cup of cottage cheese. Add half a cup of berries. Done. Or, for a savory twist, mix in chopped cucumber and a pinch of dill.

Need more info on swapping cottage cheese in recipes? Check our cottage cheese substitutes guide.

6 – Breakfast Barley

Last but definitely not least, we give you breakfast barley. It’s chewy, hearty, and keeps you full for hours. Forget boring breakfasts.

Barley is perfect for a warm and cozy start. Cook it with a 1:3 ratio of barley to water. Let it simmer until it’s tender.

We like adding a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Trust us, it’s like a warm hug in a bowl. It’s versatile, so feel free to mix with sweet or savory toppings. Try it once, and you’ll get hooked.