Oatmeal is a classic breakfast dish, beloved for both its flavor and its versatility.

In fact, you may already be enjoying your oatmeal, either sweet or savory, when you start to switch up your ingredients.

However, if you’re feeling stuck in a rut with your morning meal or looking for gluten-free, high protein, or keto-friendly alternatives, plenty are available.

Here are 12 tasty oatmeal alternatives you can make at home.

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1. Amaranth

Amaranth is an ancient grain with a slightly sweet, nutty taste that works well in place of oatmeal.

In addition to being gluten-free, amaranth is a good source of several key nutrients, including protein, fiber, iron, and manganese (1).

Try making an easy breakfast porridge by combining amaranth with coconut or almond milk and simmering it for around 20 minutes, until it becomes soft and creamy. Then, top it off with your favorite fruits and add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to sweeten your breakfast.

2. Millet

Naturally gluten-free and rich in vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, and folate, millet may be the most nutritious substitute for oatmeal (2).

To whip up a simple and scrumptious breakfast porridge with millet, combine millet with your choice of milk in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20–25 minutes, until fully cooked.

Stir in your favorite sweetener and sprinkle on some toppings such as sliced fruits, nuts, or shredded coconut. Dig in!

3. Quinoa

With its nutty taste, quinoa can provide you with plenty of protein and flavor in an oatmeal alternative.

In addition to its impressive protein content, quinoa is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, and folate (3).

Best of all, quinoa oatmeal can be super easy to make. Simmer your quinoa with almond or coconut milk and a drizzle of maple syrup until fully cooked.

Top it off with some fresh fruit and other high protein ingredients — like almonds, walnuts, nut butter, or chia seeds — to give your breakfast an instant upgrade.

4. Buckwheat

Buckwheat is a high protein whole grain known for its earthy taste.

Buckwheat groats boast a large amount of fiber, along with vitamins and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium (4).

For a quick and easy weekday breakfast, combine your cooked buckwheat groats with milk and your favorite toppings — like bananas, berries, raisins, nuts, or seeds — and enjoy.

5. Ground flaxseed

If you’re looking for a nutrient-dense and grain-free breakfast, consider adding flaxseed to your next shopping list.

Brimming with B vitamins, fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed is a versatile and nutritious ingredient to have on hand (5).

To make flaxseed porridge, combine flaxseed meal with coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and store it overnight in your fridge. Serve as is or heat it in a saucepan with ingredients like nut butter, shredded coconut, or fresh fruit.

6. Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds can be a great grain-free substitute for oatmeal if you’re following a paleo diet.

In addition to being rich in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein, foods like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and pecans are all high in plenty of essential vitamins and minerals (6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Add your choice of nuts and seeds to your food processor and pulse it until the mixture is broken into pieces similar in size to oats. Cook with your favorite dairy-free milk or add some more flavorful toppings like berries or nut butter.

7. Brown rice

Brown rice is a highly nutritious whole grain that provides a hearty dose of fiber, protein, manganese, and selenium in each serving (11).

You can use it to make brown rice breakfast porridge, a delicious and filling alternative to oatmeal.

Simply combine cooked brown rice with your preferred milk, fruit, honey, and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, let it simmer for about 20 minutes until fully cooked, and enjoy!

8. Wheat berries

Composed of the bran, germ, and endosperm of the wheat kernel, wheat berries are a type of whole grain with a crunchy texture and earthy taste.

Not only are wheat berries a good source of fiber and protein, but they can also bump up your intake of several key micronutrients like iron, zinc, and magnesium (12).

You can eat cooked wheat berries in place of oatmeal and pair them with fresh fruit, nuts, and milk or yogurt for a simple and satisfying morning meal.

9. Chia seeds

Low in carbs but packed with protein and heart-healthy fats, chia seeds are a great alternative to oatmeal when you’re following a low carb or ketogenic diet (13).

You can try making overnight chia seed oatmeal by combining chia seeds with shredded coconut, unsweetened almond milk, and your favorite spices and low carb sweetener.

You may also want to add sliced almonds, walnuts, or dried fruit to kick the flavor up a notch.

10. Hemp seeds

For an easy way to squeeze more healthy fats, fiber, protein, and vitamin E into your daily diet, consider using hemp seeds in place of your oatmeal (14).

Hemp seeds work best when paired with other keto-friendly ingredients, such as chia seeds or flaxseed, to make a tasty breakfast bowl.

Combine them with unsweetened almond milk, stevia, almond butter, and pecans. Heat on the stove or in the microwave and enjoy your keto-friendly breakfast.

11. Almond meal

Made from blanched, ground almonds, almond meal can be used in many of your favorite baked goods in place of oats.

It’s also rich in important nutrients, helping boost your intake of fiber, protein, and vitamin E (15).

Almond meal has a coarser consistency than almond flour and works especially well in foods like cookies, cakes, muffins, and quick breads.

12. Spelt flour

Spelt flour packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition. It boasts a healthy amount of protein, fiber, manganese, and niacin in every serving (16).

It also has a rich taste and chewy texture that can make it a good replacement for oats in baking.

You can purchase spelt flour as is or pulse spelt berries in a food processor to make spelt flour at home.

You can use spelt flour in place of oats when making your favorite muffins, breads, cookies, scones, or cakes.

Whether you’re trying to ramp up your protein intake or following a paleo, ketogenic, or gluten-free diet, you have plenty of oatmeal alternatives to choose from.

In addition to switching up the base of your breakfast with some of the options listed above, you can get creative with your toppings and mix-ins.

Fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, nut butters, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, jam, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are all flavorful toppings that you can try.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your oatmeal alternatives. Any of these alternatives to oats can be combined with delicious, nutritious toppings. Have fun with your breakfast recipes — no matter your dietary needs!

Just one thing

Try this today: You can combine a few of the options above to make a delicious breakfast dish that’s tailored to your taste buds. Try pairing hemp seeds with chia seeds, coconut flakes, and flaxseed meal for a power-packed start to your day.

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