Best of 2015

See also: Best of 2012 / Best of 2013 / Best of 2014

In the “Best of 2014,” I said that it had been “definitely the most difficult year of my life.” That’s because I hadn’t met 2015 yet. Happily, I escaped the soul-sucking nightmare that is teaching and have spent the last several months focusing on my mental health and progressing my professional career in grad school. One of my favorite parts of this major life change is that I’ve been able to return to blogging with purpose and enthusiasm after struggling to keep the blog afloat during my teaching years. With that dedication, my blog has flourished and progressed in ways I never imagined.  First and foremost, 2015 was absolutely the year of zucchini!

Without further ado, here are some of the top recipes from the year!

1. Fan Favorite Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2! I wasn’t sure how you would receive this new spin on my Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal, but it turns out, you loved it! The only page you visited more than this recipe in 2015 was the Recipe List. 😄

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2 #oatmealartist

2. Pinterest Queen

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oatmeal: This recipe was the most popular pin on my board “The Oatmeal Artist.” This isn’t an exact science, considering it all depends on what day and what time of day I pin the recipe, but regardless, this was the one that gathered up the most repins! Additionally, I neglected to pin my recipes starting in September or so… Oops.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist

3. Best Steel-Cut Oatmeal & 4. Best Savory Oatmeal

Lemon Asparagus Steel-Cut Ris-OAT-to: As it turns out, I only published a couple steel-cut recipes this year. They’re just too much work. 😇 Don’t let the fact that this is a savory recipe scare you off; I swear it’s one of my absolute favorites!

Lemon Asparagus Steel Cut Ris-OAT-to #vegan

5. Best Baked Oatmeal

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 Frosting: I finally figured out how to recreate my favorite cake flavor in vegan, oatmeal form, and you loved it, too! This was the most-viewed baked recipe in 2015, and the third most-viewed recipe overall.

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 Frosting by The Oatmeal Artist

6. Best Non-Porridge Recipe

Chai Oatcakes: I think half the appeal of these are simply the pictures. I mean, look how perfect those oatcakes turned out for the photoshoot! My oatcake recipes are consistently plagued with ugliness, but these beauties broke the curse. These were especially popular on Pinterest!

Chai Oatcakes by The Oatmeal Artist

7. Chocolate Oatmeal of the Year

Mocha Baked Oatmeal with an Almond Butter Center: Honestly, I has not at all surprised that my readers liked this recipe. It has all the required elements of a hit: chocolate, nut butter, a surprise filling, and the word “mocha” in the title. You guys lose your mind anytime I drop a recipe that includes the word “mocha.” ☕️

Mocha Baked Oatmeal with Almond Butter Center - The Oatmeal Artist

8. Non-Chocolate Oatmeal of theYear

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Oatmeal: This is the second most-viewed non-chocolate recipe of the year (after the already mentioned Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oatmeal). Methinks you all like cookie dough . . .

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

9. Best Topping

Faux-reo Cookie PB2: Truthfully, this recipe is actually the FOURTH most-viewed post in all of 2015. Topping, oatmeal, or otherwise.

Faux-reo Cookie Butter by The Oatmeal Artist #PB2

10. Best Muesli

Fig & Toasted Hazelnut Muesli: Default winner. It was the only muesli recipe I posted this year. 😆

Fig and Toasted Hazelnut Muesli

11. Best Zucchini Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal: Admittedly, this is not the most-viewed recipe using zucchini (that already went to #5–Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal). However, I overruled all of that and chose this one because it’s my personal favorite. It tastes EXACTLY like strawberry shortcake, you guys. Forget my previous version. This one takes the (short)cake.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

12. Most Popular Guest Post

The Breakfast Drama Queen’s Chocolate Banana Muffins with Peanut Butter: In February, Claudia and I swapped blogs for a day and made recipes inspired by each other’s recipes. Using my Fudgy Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal as inspiration, she made these gorgeous muffins. Runner Up: Helen’s Lentil PB Fudge Oatmeal!


13. Most Viewed Oatmeal Enthusiast

Meet Christina!: Christina’s post in May was the most-viewed of all the Oatmeal Enthusiasts in 2015. Probably because she tops her oatmeal with whipped cream and marshmallows and other wonderful things. 😝 Runner up: Meet Abby!

Tiramisu Oatmeal 3

Did any of your favorites from 2015 not make the list? Are there any specific recipes (or ingredients) you’d like to see more of in 2016? Comment below!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

7 Responses to Best of 2015

  1. Christine says:

    Wow…I had no idea I was the most-viewed Oatmeal Enthusiast of 2015. I feel so flattered! Do you have any idea why my May blog was so popular with your readers? Was it because I used the microwave, or made dessert-like recipes?

    As for new ideas, I always like to see more simple recipes that use 5 ingredients or less. I’d also like to see more recipes that incorporate yogurt. It would also be fun to have more contests (like the one for savory oatmeal recipes and the comment contest).

    Thank you for all your work on the blog this year. I look forward to reading more in 2016!

  2. Cassie says:

    I don’t blame any of these recipes for being so popular! The faux-reo topping, matcha almond butter oats and PB cookie dough oats sound INSANE!

  3. Sandra Florie says:

    Tough call because all of your posts were amazing this year!! I truely appreciate how you acknowledged the microwave method this year. Thank you for having it open to public discussion. And I’ve been meaning to tell you that I successfully poached pears in the microwave thanks to the Mocha Tahini Pear Oatmeal recipe. Happy New Year! Wishing you all a year of health and awesomeness.

  4. I’m ridiculously happy (and honored) that my muffins made the list!
    Happy New Year! I’m excited to see what oatmeal creations you make in 2016 😀

  5. Kristin says:

    Award for best oatmeal topping I used to think was gross goes to… Tahini! Thanks for giving me a reason to dive into the can that was taking up space in my pantry. 🙂

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