Quick Oatmeal Snack Ideas

Oatmeal is one of the favorite snacks and as well as breakfast meals by many people. Oats are among the healthiest grains that you can find. They are whole grains that are gluten-free and are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Based on studies, oats and oatmeal have a lot of benefits. These include lowering blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart disease, and aiding in weight loss. 

However, eating plain oatmeal for a snack can be tiring. But that should not always be the case as you can improve oatmeal to make it a more enjoyable snack. Also, you don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing them. To give you some ideas, here are some of the quick oatmeal snack ideas that we can share. 

1. No-Bake Oatmeal Bars

healthy oatmeal bars

Making some no-bake oatmeal bars will take you only a few minutes. These snacks are chewy and sweet and are indeed healthy snacks that will give you energy. You can make them on a stove or in a microwave. 

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 3 cups of rolled oats

Procedure:

  • Get an 8×8-inch baking pan and line its bottom with parchment paper. 
  • In a bowl, add the peanut butter and honey. Place it in the microwave and heat at 30 seconds intervals. Stir in between until they are melted and smoothly mixed together. If you do not have a microwave, you can also do this on a stove using the double boiler method.
  • Add the rolled oats to the mixture and stir it until it is evenly combined. 
  • Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. You can apply some light pressure across the surface. After that, place the bars into the refrigerator to set. After an hour, you can cut them into bars using a knife. Serve and enjoy!

2. Instant Oatmeal Cookies

healthy oatmeal cookies

If you are craving some cookie goodness but want to eat healthily, then you can make some oatmeal cookies. If you think it is difficult, you’re wrong because you can make these snacks in as fast as 30 minutes. They also do not contain any sugar and flour, making them extra-healthy. 

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 heaping cup or 90 grams of instant oatmeal
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup or 20 grams of coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup or 35 grams of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup or 40 grams of raisins
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Procedure:

  • Using a fork, mash the two bananas. Get a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Add the mashed bananas and mix them well. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Get a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F or 170°C. 
  • Spoon the mixture into your hands with a tablespoon and form them into cookies. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. 
  • Cook the cookies for around 15 minutes until they turn golden brown. Let them cool. Serve and enjoy!

3. 6-Ingredient Healthy Instant Oatmeal

oatmeal with berries

If you are tired of eating plain oatmeal for a snack, you can improve it by adding six delicious and healthy ingredients. 

Here are the things you need:

  • 10 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of chia seeds
  • ½ cup of flax seeds
  • 2 oz freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1.5 oz freeze-dried blueberries
  • 1.5 oz freeze-dried raspberries
  • ½ cup of brown sugar

Procedure:

  • Put 5 cups of rolled oats in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until the oats are chopped into small bits. Transfer them into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the remaining 5 cups of rolled oats in the food processor and plus until they are roughly chopped. Transfer them to the mixing bowl. 
  • Combine the oats with the brown sugar, flax seeds, and chia seeds, and mix them well. 
  • Use the food processor to break the freeze-dried berries into smaller bits and pieces, then add them to the mixing bowl with the oats. Do the same with the dried blueberries.
  • Mix all the ingredients well. 
  • You can store them as individual servings. You can place one heaping half-cup serving of the oats in a small mason jar or Ziplock bag. When ready to eat, you can mix one-half to three-fourths a cup of boiling water and allow the oats to rest for 2 minutes before eating. You can top it with your favorite fresh fruit if you wish. 

4. Instant Pot Oatmeal

You can make oatmeal in the microwave fast. But did you know that you can also make it even faster by using an electric instant pot pressure cooker? What’s great is that it works with both rolled oats and steel-cut oats. 

Here are the ingredients needed:

For steel-cut oats:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of kosher salt

For old fashioned rolled oats:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of kosher salt

Procedure:

  • Get your instant pot or electric pressure cooker. Add the oatmeal of your choice along with the water rations that match the pot. Put the cinnamon stick and kosher salt. 
  • Set the cooking time to 3 minutes on high. When the cooking time ends, let the oatmeal sit in the pot for it to release the pressurized steam for 20 minutes. 
  • Add the toppings that you like and additional almond milk to taste. You can also refrigerate it for 3 to 5 days. 

5. Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

You can make this oatmeal recipe in just 10 minutes. It is quick but a very healthy snack.

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ¾ cup of oats
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • Fresh berries

Procedure:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Add in the oats and stir it occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the maple syrup and brown sugar. Mix them well. Add a dash of cinnamon.
  • Add the oatmeal to bowls and top them with fresh berries. Serve and enjoy!

These are some of the best quick oatmeal snacks that we can share. We hope these ideas helped you in coming up with a delicious and healthy oatmeal snack that you and your family can enjoy.