I have oatmeal for breakfast more than half of the week. It is quick, filling and healthy. In fact, they are one of the healthiest grains on earth. They’re gluten-free, whole grain, and a source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Many people, including myself until recently, confuse oats with muesli. While oats are a component of muesli, they are indeed very different. Oats are a typeof cereal grain that are grown for their seed. Commonly, you’ll find oats in cereal, oatmeal, and baked goods. Like muesli, they can be an incredibly beneficial part of your diet.

I first started having oats in Berlin. Our cafe at work used to have them in jars, soaked overnight, with yogurt and fruits. Then I got myself a bag from Rewe (known as zarte Haferflocken), and looked up ways to make them at home. I like  my breakfast warm on most days, so I tried both the cooked and soaked options.

Here are my tried and tested variations of oatmeals recipes for you:

Overnight Soaked Oatmeal

Banana & Coconut oatmeal

What you need:

  • 40 g oatmeal
  • 100 ml coconut milk (or any other milk you like)
  • 1 banana (small)
  • 50 g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut chips

Method: Stir oatmeal with milk. Halve banana, and crush one half with the fork to mix with the oatmeal. Halve the other half lengthwise and cut into thin slices. Mix with Greek yogurt and add to the flake mix. Close and put in the fridge. Sprinkle with coconut chips in the morning.

Chocolate oatmeal

What you need

  • 40 g of oatmeal
  • 20 g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 150 ml of water (boiling)
  • 100 ml almond milk (or more water)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method: Boil the water together with the milk. Put the oatmeal, cocoa powder and vanilla together in a large glass and mix thoroughly. Stir the mixture with the boiling water and let it swell for 5 minutes. In the meantime, shred half the banana and add it to the oatmeal. Now transfer it to a glass jar, put it in the fridge overnight and decorate with toppings of your choice the next day.

Cooked Oatmeal

What you need

  • 250 ml milk
  • 50 g oatmeal
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of sugar or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or to taste

Method: In a small pot, heat the milk together with oatmeal, sugar and salt. Stirring constantly with a whisk, let it boil up once and then switch back the heat so that it bubbles very slowly. Now add cinnamon, and let it simmer for another 1-3 minutes; the more you cook, the thicker it gets. So cook up to your desired consistency.  Pour into a bowl and decorate with toppings of your choice

Quick oatmeal

What you need

  • 50 g oatmeal
  • 100 g milk
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Method: Pour milk over oats, mix and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. Add chocolate chips, and microwave for 50 seconds. Add any additional toppings you want, like banana and berries. Enjoy.