My usual morning oatmeal is delicious, but I’ve been wanting a little more variety lately. I put out a call to the BLE world for ideas and set out on a mission to eat and curate a list of Bright Line friendly oatmeal ideas to help keep things interesting in the morning! Here are all of the ideas I’ve collected. Enjoy!

Sidenote: many of these use my homemade vegan yogurt, which is really delicious and easy to make. You can learn how over at this post! You can also just use regular yogurt if you eat dairy or have a brand of unsweetened plant-based yogurt that you like.


Pears & Hazelnuts

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Photo Source: Katie’s Kitchen

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz hazelnuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz pear
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom

Spiced Apples & Pecans

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Image Source: Woman’s Day

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz chopped pecans or walnuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz diced apple, cooked into the oatmeal to warm and soften a little
  • Spices: 1/4 tsp apple pie spice, or ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg.

Tropical Fruit Medley & Macadamia Nuts

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Photo Source: Katie’s Kitchen

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz chopped macadamia nuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz mango, kiwi, & pineapple
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom

Apples & Nut Butter

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Photo Source: Foodie Loves Fitness

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 2 oz peanut butter or almond butter (1 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz diced apple, cooked into the oatmeal to warm and soften a little
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom

Variations: add nut butter to the oatmeal while cooking, add it as-is at the end, or thin it with water to make a pourable sauce.


Bananas & Pecans

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Photo Source: Two Thirds Cup

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz chopped dry toasted pecans (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz banana
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Peaches & Cream

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Photo Source: Roasted Root

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pecans or sliced almonds (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz diced peaches or nectarines
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp cinnamon, ginger, cardamom

Katie’s Overnight Breakfast Porridge 

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Photo Source: Katie’s Kitchen

  • Grain: 1 oz dry rolled oats (steel cut doesn’t work here)
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 0.5 oz flax, hemp, or chia seeds (I use a mix of all three!) (1/4 protein serving)
  • Protein: 0.5 oz nuts for topping
  • Fruit: 6 oz fruit for topping
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Stir together oats, yogurt, a little water (so it doesn’t turn in to cement), seeds, and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. This recipe is also mentioned here.


Strawberries & Almonds

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Photo Source: Inspired Edibles

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz almonds or pistachios (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz strawberries (or a combination of strawberries & bananas)
  • Spices: Vanilla

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

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Image Source: Super Healthy Kids

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pecans, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds (1/2 protein serving)
  • Veggie (replaces fruit): 6 oz unsweetened pumpkin purée, or a combination of pumpkin purée and diced apples to reach 6 oz.
  • Spices: 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice)

Plums & Pistachios

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Photo Source: Fancy Food Fancy

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pistachios or other nuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz plums, or combination of plums, apples, or bananas,
  • Spices: Cinnamon, anise, allspice

Berry Medley

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Photo Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz nuts of choice (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz berries

Cherry, Vanilla & Almond Oatmeal

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Photo Source: My Skinny Sweet Tooth

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz chopped almonds (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz fresh or frozen cherries
  • Spices: 1/2 tsp vanilla

Bananas & Pomegranate

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Photo Source: The Oatmeal Artist

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz almonds, pecans, walnuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz bananas and pomegranate seeds
  • Spices: Vanilla, cinnamon

Vanilla & Black Walnuts

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Photo Source: Weight Watchers

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt or milk (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz black walnuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz banana
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Savory Oats w/ Veggies & Herbs

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  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 2 oz veggie sausage (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pine nuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein Alternative: Use milk to cook the oats.
  • Veggie (replaces fruit): 6 oz cherry tomatoes, onions, asparagus, mushrooms, greens (choose any or all of the above)
  • Spices: Italian herbs (thyme, oregano, basil)

For more savory oatmeal ideas, check out this site.


Persimmons & Pistachios

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Photo Source: Katie’s Kitchen

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 4 oz yogurt (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pistachios (1/2 protein serving)
  • Fruit: 6 oz chopped persimmons (or mandarin/satsuma oranges are good too)
  • Spices: 1/8 tsp ground ginger (or a pinch of fresh grated ginger), cinnamon

Josie’s Macadamia Porridge 

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This one comes from Bright Lifer Josie Colicchia. Thanks Josie!

Please note, these quantities are for the maintenance food plan which uses 1.5 servings of grain. Half of a grain serving is replaced with half of a fat serving to include the coconut flakes, which is a BLE approved substitution.

  • Grain: 1 oz oats (1 grain serving)
  • Protein: 1 oz pre soaked (overnight in water) macadamia whole nuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 0.5 oz flax seed meal (1/4 protein serving)
  • Protein: 0.5 oz walnuts (1/4 protein serving)
  • Fruit: Banana, nectarine
  • Grain Substitute: 0.25 oz coconut flakes, unsweetened (1/2 of a fat serving)
  • Spices: Cinnamon

Instructions: Cook oats, flax meal, coconut, and macadamia nuts in water. Keep adding water to reach your desired consistency. To serve, add banana, nectarine, walnuts and a dusting of cinnamon.


Beans, Greens, & Nutritional Yeast

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Photo Source: Emmy Cooks

  • Grain: 1 oz dry oats or 4 oz cooked oats
  • Protein: 1 oz pine nuts or walnuts (1/2 protein serving)
  • Protein: 3 oz beans (1/2 protein serving)
  • Veggies: 6 oz cooked greens, onions, mushrooms, etc.
  • Extras: 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, curry or turmeric (optional)

*These measurements comply with the Bright Line Eating female weight loss food plan. Adjust quantities as needed for your own individual food plan. 


What are your favorite ways to prepare your BLE breakfast grains? Comment below to share your oatmeal creations and ideas!

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