16 Ways to Turn Oatmeal Into Crave-Worthy Treats

sliced strawberry oatmeal bread loaves
Photo: Graceyrose

From freshly baked breads to bubbling crisps and cakes — oatmeal does it all. The easily accessible grain gives desserts of all kinds a wholesome flavor and deliciously chewy texture and depth. Oatmeal pairs perfectly with assorted fruits, chocolate, and nuts, making it one of the most versatile ingredients in your pantry. Find your new favorite treat from 16 of our sweet, satisfying oatmeal dessert recipes.

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Oatmeal Whoopie Pies

11332 Oatmeal Whoopie Pies

A classic quick-cook oatmeal treat with a sweet, gooey center. Soft cookies sandwich a vanilla-flavored filling made with sugar and egg white. A delicious and reliable recipe that makes sharing easy.

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Decadent dessert bars made with chocolate chips, oatmeal, and walnuts get top marks from our community of home cooks. A layer of caramel deepens the flavor of each chewy square.

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Oatmeal Strawberry Bread

sliced strawberry oatmeal bread loaves

Bake up a moist, fruity loaf with a wholesome oat topping. The perfect bread for picnics, potlucks, or anywhere a sweet burst of flavor is needed.

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Grandma Snyder's Oatmeal Cake

portrait shot oatmeal cake

An old-fashioned oatmeal cake recipe with timeless flavor. Brown sugar, coconut, and rolled oats combine for a rich, tender slice of perfectly spiced dessert you're sure to love.

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Dutch Apple Pie With Oatmeal Streusel

Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Add edge to traditional apple pie with a buttery oatmeal topping. Pair your pie with vanilla ice cream for some seriously good contrast that the whole family will love.

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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

"This recipe is so simple and fast but tastes so, so good," raves home cook MINNIE3. "I used strawberry jam instead of the raspberry and everyone at my work loved it. I made it again the next day and had to double the recipe."

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Ginger-Touched Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Ginger-Touched Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Jennifer Baker

Crystallized ginger and oats lend a spicy depth to standard peanut butter cookies. Crisp, chewy, and incredibly easy to make at home.

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Apricot Ginger Crumble Oat Bars (Gluten Free)

portrait shot of apricot oat bar on paper towel

Boldly spiced apricot filling is sandwiched between hearty oat crumble layers for a dessert that's both silky and crisp.

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Oatmeal Fudge Bars

261156 OAtmeal Fudge Bars

Rich chocolate chips and sweetened oatmeal make these fudgy treats worth repeating. Cut into small squares after baking and enjoy each thick, velvety bite.

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Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

A five-ingredient dessert that embraces apple's natural sweetness. A mixture of oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon fills each fruit for a lusciously warm result.

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WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

82137 WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

"Excellent cookies — took them to my book club and they were a hit," says reviewer pickyeaters1. "Plus, they're great for little kids as they are nice and soft. Thanks for a wonderful recipe."

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Banana Oatmeal Crumb Cake

banana oatmeal crumb cake

Easy and impressive crumb cake with the vibrant taste of banana. Rolled oats add a delicate nutty flavor to each sweet, spongy bite of this multi-textured cake.

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Orange Oatmeal Muffins

8107 Orange Oatmeal Muffins

A recipe for delicate oatmeal muffins with the delightful tang of orange. Juice-soaked oats combine with butter, vanilla, and nutmeg to create chewy, perfectly golden treats.

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Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes

Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes
Try this recipe: Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes | Photo by Dianne.

Old-fashioned oatmeal and buttermilk push these pancakes beyond basic. Make these comforting and filling flapjacks in just a half hour with this top-rated recipe.

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Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)

Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)
Photo by Alexandra Bengtsson. Alexandra Bengtsson

A mixture of oats, coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder is rolled in coconut flakes for an indulgently delicious Swedish treat. Chill rolled balls for at least 2 hours for a firmer candy.

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Spiced Peach Oatmeal Muffins

23907 Spiced Peach Oatmeal

Rich, fragrant muffins dotted with fresh diced peaches. Brown sugar, buttermilk, applesauce, and oatmeal ensure a moist, flavorful texture.

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