If you think oats are just for hot breakfast bowls, think again. We’ve whipped up a list of 13 awesome recipes using rolled oats that show just how versatile they can be. From sweet treats like chocolate baked oats to savory snacks like no-bake bites, these creative and unique recipes prove that oats are more than just a one-trick pony.

A plate with blueberry waffles with blueberry fruit sauce.
Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These chewy and soft oatmeal raisin cookies are a perfect treat, showing oats in a whole new light. They’re a hearty and wholesome option for when you’re craving something sweet.
Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Toasted Coconut Oat Pancakes

Toasted coconut cinnamon raisin oat bran pancakes with wild blueberries on top.
Toasted Coconut Oat Pancakes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These pancakes mix oat bran and buckwheat for a hearty breakfast, with a touch of toasted coconut for flavor. Topped with your favorite fruits, they’re a great way to start your day with oats.
Get the Recipe: Toasted Coconut Oat Pancakes

Rhubarb Bread

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Rhubarb Bread. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This rhubarb bread is a great way to use seasonal rhubarb, with oat flour adding a hearty texture. It’s a fun baking project that goes beyond typical oatmeal, perfect for spring.
Get the Recipe: Rhubarb Bread

Microwave Apple Crisp

Microwave Apple Crisp.
Microwave Apple Crisp. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This quick microwave apple crisp is your go-to for a fast and easy dessert. Using oats for a crunchy topping, it’s a great single-serve treat that highlights oats’ versatility outside of breakfast.
Get the Recipe: Microwave Apple Crisp

Chocolate Baked Oats

Chocolate baked oats in a white baking dish with a serving spatula.
Chocolate Baked Oats. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Turning a popular recipe on its head, these chocolate baked oats are like having cake for breakfast. Completely prepped in a blender, they’re a new and exciting way to enjoy oats in the morning.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Baked Oats

Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Sweet potato oat bars stacked on a kitchen towel.
Sweet Potato Oat Bars. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These bars are a filling snack, combining sweet potatoes with oats for a nutritious boost. They’re perfect for adding your favorite mix-ins and show how oats can play a role in healthy snacks.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Homemade Oat Bread

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Homemade Oat Bread. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With just seven ingredients and an hour of your time, this oat bread is simple and comforting. It’s perfect for anyone looking to explore beyond oatmeal and enjoy the wholesome goodness of oats in their baking.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Oat Bread

Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars

Homemade chocolate granola bars stacked on a white plate.
Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These oat-based granola bars are a healthy snack without any added sugar. You can customize them with your favorite add-ins, making oats the star of a quick, nutritious snack.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars

Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

A plate with blueberry waffles with blueberry fruit sauce.
Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With crispy edges and a fluffy interior, these oatmeal waffles come alive with a homemade blueberry sauce. They show off how versatile oats can be, moving well beyond the standard oatmeal bowl.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Oat Almond Date Energy Bites

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Oat Almond Date Energy Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For a quick, no-bake snack, these oat almond date bites are great. They rival any granola bar, proving oats are perfect for on-the-go snacking.
Get the Recipe: Oat Almond Date Energy Bites

No-Bake Oatmeal Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

Oatmeal raspberry sandwich cookies on parchment paper.
No-Bake Oatmeal Raspberry Sandwich Cookies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These no-bake cookies are a quick and healthy way to enjoy something sweet. Using oats, they’re perfect for a snack that’s different from the usual oatmeal routine.
Get the Recipe: No-Bake Oatmeal Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites

No bake peanut butter chocolate chip bites in a bowl.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These no-bake bites are like a healthier version of a favorite candy, using oats for a nutritious twist. They’re a perfect snack when you need a sweet treat.
Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on white surface split open.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These cookies use oats for a chewy texture, making them a great afternoon snack or dessert. It’s a fun way to bake with oats and enjoy their hearty texture in a sweet treat.
Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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