Perhaps you are hosting guests this weekend for Easter, or you simply want to impress friends or family for brunch some weekend. Now is your chance to prove that oatmeal is not just for winter!Most of the recipes below make a single serving. However, it’s easy to make them as larger servings. To make any recipe as steel cut oatmeal, for example, use four cups liquid and one cup steel cut oats (makes four servings). For the mix-ins, just triple everything. (Your instinct may be to quadruple everything, but I have found that is excessive for some reason. For example, if I use one banana in a single serving, I usually use 2 or 3 bananas–not 4–in a steel cut recipe for four servings.)
Here are 10 spring-themed recipes that would impress a crowd:
Instead of morning glory muffins, how about this oatmeal? It’s a pleasing, springy combo of shredded carrot, zucchini, and apple. Num!
If carrots ain’t your thang, maybe you’d like this banana and pineapple beauty instead. If you want to be extra fancy, you could make a cream cheese frosting (or use yogurt) to top it off!
Make use of all the zucchini this time of year and make a sure-to-please baked oatmeal. Perk: baked oatmeal is easier to make and serve in large batches for a crowd!
Berries may hit their prime during the hot summer months, but I personally can never wait until then. The baked oatmeal can be made alone, but I love the bright addition of this pseudo lemon curd, which comes together in seconds and is vegan approved!
If your crew likes rhubarb, then they’ll appreciate this one. There’s also Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Cobbler!
Steel cut oatmeal is always a winner for making in large batches. After all, if you’re going to babysit something on the stove for 20 minutes, it might as well be something that provides more than one serving! The recipe also includes a banana option for people who are bored with the traditional carrot cake. Again, a cream cheese topping is optional.
Looking to play it safe? Whenever you’re cooking for a crowd, there’s usually at least one picky eater in the group. Strawberries and bananas are a winning combination that few people could argue with.
Lemon poppy seed always reminds me of special breakfasts growing up. If your crowd loves lemon poppy seed muffins, this could be an easy way to convert them to the dark side (aka oatmeal addiction).
This recipe is a huge hit among the non-vegans, but you could also make this vegan using nondairy cream cheese (some brands are better than others–choose carefully). If you’re looking for something less “healthy” and more “indulgent,” this may be the right one for you!
Because what brunch is complete without blueberry muffins?