By KD Angle-Traegner, Founder & Editor

It’s solidly September now, can you believe it? Soon falling leaves, pumpkin spice mania, and colder weather will be upon us. I love fall, it’s my favorite of all the seasons. Cooler temperatures means that I crave a hot meal in the morning and my staple, go-to hot breakfast is oatmeal. Rolled, old-fashioned, steel-cut, or instant- I don’t care, I love them all. I want you to love them all too. Let’s take a look at the different types of oatmeal and then I’ll give you 10 mouthwatering vegan recipes that’ll have you getting up early to make.

Types of Oatmeal

Rolled Oats – You know these guys, they’re the old fashioned oats of your childhood. They’re created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes.

Whole Oat Groats – A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.

Steel Cut Oats – If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal.

Scottish Oatmeal – Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.

Rolled Oats – Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.

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Apple Ginger Oatmeal with Cashew Cream – Will Frolic for Food

10 Vegan Oatmeal Recipes for Fall

I looked all over the web for recipes that would be reminiscent of fall or that sounded cozy (can oatmeal be cozy? I’ve decided it can). These recipes are completely vegan and can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free oatmeal or raw by using sprouted oats. Most of these call for rolled oats, but you could just as easily substitute for a different type of oat like the ones listed above.

1. Pumpkin Pie Oats

Fall screams pumpkin flavored everything and these oats from Minimalist Baker sing with fall flavor. Pumpkin is married with cinnamon and then topped with maple-cinnamon pecans creating the perfect sweet bite.

2. Fall Oatmeal Power Bowl

Start your day with power with this creamy apple-spiced steel cut oatmeal made with chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, fresh apples, and bananas from Happy. Healthy. Life. It’s cozy in a bowl.

3. Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Oatmeal

You’ll find no shortage of oatmeal recipes featuring the flavors of pumpkin pie but I really love this one from My Darling Vegan because it’s super simple and made with everyday ingredients. I love simple vegan recipes so this is totally a win.

4. Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Are you one of those people who are short on time in the morning? Plan ahead and make this baked oatmeal recipe from Fettle Vegan. It’s filled with good things like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar. What’s not to love?

5. Chia Oat Porridge with Warm Mashed Blackberries, Roasted Figs & Tellicherry Peppers

I’m putting this oat porridge from Anett Velsberg on the list even though it says something about a honey option (honey is not vegan) because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier picture of a bowl of oats before. This porridge is topped with warm mashed blackberries, roasted fresh figs, and tellicherry peppers. It’s beautiful and I bet it tastes pretty amazing, no honey necessary.

6. Sweet Potato Pie Oatmeal

Two recipes from Minimalist Baker? You bet. This recipe is infused with sweet potato puree, cinnamon and brown sugar. Want to take these oats to the next level? Dana recommends you top them with Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola if you’re feeling fancy, or a few raw walnuts or pecans if you’re not. Either way, it’s fall in a bowl.

7. Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal

Pears and oatmeal go together like peanut butter and jelly, perfectly. This baked oatmeal from Oh My Veggies has swirls of maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves dancing around chunks of pears. Make these in advance, or in double batches, and toss them in a freezer for mornings you need a quick breakfast that is both healthy and tasty. Or, you know- eat them hot out of the oven like I would. 

8. Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

This overnight oats recipe is from one of my very favorite bloggers, Rawmazing. They’re made with typical fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger- but switch it up with raisins, maple syrup, chia seeds, and sprouted oats (perfect for those following a raw, vegan diet). Super simple to make and super nutritious- the perfect combo.

9. Apple Steel Cut Oats

Fall is apple season! It’s the perfect time to make these apple-packed oats from Thyme & Love. Packed with maximum apple flavor from cooking the steel cut oats in apple cider, these oats get even more apple goodness with the addition of hunks of fresh apples. It’s a fall apple party for your mouth.

10. Roasted Pear & Fig Oatmeal

Finally, last but not least- a roasted pear and fig oatmeal from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan. This bowl of porridge has everything I love about fall- warm roasted fruit tossed with ginger and cardamom. Is it bad that I think a bit of So Delicious Vanilla Cashew Milk Non-Dairy Dessert would be fan. tas. tic.  on this? No? It’s not just me that eats ice cream with breakfast? That’s good to know.

Do you have a favorite oatmeal recipe that reminds you of fall? Let me know in the comments.