12 Dessert Recipes That Prove Oatmeal Isn't Just for Breakfast

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Photo: Linda Pugliese

Oatmeal often gets a bad rap. If you're not a big oatmeal fan, it may be due to one too many experiences with a congealed bowl that sat out too long or didn't get enough milk before it hit the microwave. But oatmeal doesn't have to be like that, and it's not just a healthy breakfast option. Oatmeal desserts can be just as elevated and flavorful as your favorite chocolate or peanut butter sweets. Plus, since oats are good for you, you may get a little extra satisfaction from the idea of a slightly healthier dessert. These oatmeal desserts range from no-bake cookies (great for those who love raw cookie dough) to pies and sandwiches reminiscent of Little Debbie treats. We've even included a baked oatmeal recipe for its cake-like consistency and the fact that the Test Kitchen swears it could be dessert. So, pick one of these tempting oatmeal recipes, pull out your mixing bowl, and discover a new way to enjoy this breakfast staple as an end-of-the-meal treat.

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No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee Montiel

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Craving a quick-fix oatmeal dessert? These no-bake cookies fit the bill. Cookie dough lovers will appreciate the no-bake texture.

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Easy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Southern Living

Recipe: Easy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Pour a tall glass of milk to accompany these minimal-effort oatmeal cookies. Oats, flaked coconut, and peanut butter are a fun combination of flavors and textures in record time.

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Chocolate-Oatmeal Pie

Chocolate-Oatmeal Pie
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chocolate-Oatmeal Pie

This dessert is a spin on the classic oatmeal pie. Instead of two cookies sandwiching some filling, we present a full-blown pie that's just as delicious and great for sharing.

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No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Zoe Denenberg; Prop Stylist: Rachel Mulcahy

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies

If you love pecan pralines, then these No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies will give them a run for the money.

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Sheet Pan Oatmeal Toffee-Orange Cream Bars

Sheet Pan Oatmeal Toffee-Orange Cream Bars image
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Recipe: Sheet Pan Oatmeal Toffee-Orange Cream Bars

This is an easy oatmeal dessert sure to impress with its creamy, zingy filling. Take it to a potluck, tailgate, or family gathering. Making these bars in a sheet pan guarantees efficiency.

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Butterscotch-Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Linda Pugliese

Recipe: Butterscotch-Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

Whip up a batch of these Butterscotch-Toasted Oatmeal Cookies for your next party, and we bet they'll be right up there in popularity with the beloved chocolate chip.

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Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

Leon's Full Service Oatmeal Cream Pie
Tori Allen PR

These little sandwiches take us straight back to childhood after-school snacks of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies.

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Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies

Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies

A classic Southern cake gets the cookie treatment. And, don't worry if you don't have time for frosting. These cookies shine with or without it.

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Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies

Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies Recipe
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies

Give the classic oatmeal cream pie a little elevated twist with the addition of some salted caramel buttercream.

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Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake
Alison Miksch; Food Styling: Erin Merhar; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

One of the highlights of this oatmeal dessert is the topping—keep sharp watch or sneaky fingers may filch it.

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Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

Recipe: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Take a bite before you deem this breakfast fare. After trying it, you'll want to eat it for dessert, as a snack, and at every meal in between.

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Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

In this oatmeal dessert, toasting the oats is key. Do so with a little butter and a handful of chopped pecans, and you've elevated an otherwise humble dessert.

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