Humble rolled oats can be the foundation for more than just muesli and hot cereal.

By Real Simple
Updated April 19, 2018
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These vegetarian burger patties are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with Southwest flavor. Serve on a bun or in a lettuce wrap tomato, red onion, and a spoonful of salsa. Get the Recipe:Black Bean-Oat Burger
Greg DuPree

We tried using oats in place of bread crumbs for a gluten-free veggie burger, and the results were divine (just be sure to look for oats labeled "gluten-free," as some are processed in facilities that handle wheat). Craving something with a little get-up-and-go? Whip up a caffeine-injected smoothie, packed with rolled oats, a healthy warm-weather breakfast we can definitely get behind. Feeling slightly less adventurous? Cooked pilaf-style, like rice, oats become a hearty base for savory breakfast bowls. We take ours with spinach and eggs but won't tell if you add a couple of slices of crispy bacon.

Greg DuPree

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These vegetarian burger patties are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with Southwest flavor. Serve on a bun or in a lettuce wrap, along with tomato, red onion, and a spoonful of salsa.

Get the Recipe: Black Bean-Oat Burger

Greg DuPree

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Intense cold brew coffee is paired with sweet banana and maple syrup for a well-balanced breakfast smoothie that will keep you full until lunch. Oats lend body to the smoothie, while also adding nutritional value.

Get the Recipe: Coffee, Oat, and Maple Smoothie

Greg DuPree

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This breakfast oatmeal takes on a risotto-like texture, thanks to melty cheese, wilted spinach, and a runny egg. Serve with freshly squeezed orange juice—or a Bloody Mary.

Get the Recipe: Savory Oatmeal With Spinach and Poached Eggs