20 Ways to Turn Oatmeal Into a Delicious Dessert

Oats Make Great Sweets

Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies

 Claire Cohen

Oatmeal makes a delicious addition to desserts, thanks to its chewy texture and nutty flavor. When baking with oats, read the recipe carefully. Quick-cooking oats are more processed than those labeled old-fashioned oats, so won't behave the same way in recipes. Steel-cut oats are an even longer-cooking option, so make sure you get the right kind. Try some of these delightful oatmeal dessert recipes for a hearty sweet treat.

  • 01 of 20

    One-Bowl Oatmeal Jam Bars

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    The Spruce / Jessie Sheehan

    No need to wash a sinkful of dirty dishes after making these one-bowl oatmeal jam bars. Both chewy and crispy, salty, nutty, and sweet, they have all the makings of your new favorite dessert. Use whatever jam you have on hand for the filling, or mix it up depending on the season.

  • 02 of 20

    Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

    Oatmeal walnut cookies

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    These oatmeal walnut cookies have a wonderfully chewy texture with a little crunch, thanks to the addition of walnuts. Add raisins or chocolate chips for even more variation. And for a make-ahead treat, freeze a few of the unbaked balls to pop in the oven later.

  • 03 of 20

    No-Bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies

    No bake oatmeal cookies

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    This classic no-bake cookie recipe works especially well in the summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen by turning on the oven. Kids can get in the fun by rolling the cookies into balls for an easy, slightly messy afternoon activity. Use quick-cooking oats for the right texture.

  • 04 of 20

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

     Kristina Vanni 

    Chock full of healthy ingredients like bananas, oatmeal, and walnuts, these cookies make a delicious breakfast treat, after-school snack, or hand-held dessert. If you need to use up leftover bananas, these cookies fit the bill.

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  • 05 of 20

    Oatmeal Bar Cookies

    Oatmeal bars

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    These simple oatmeal bar cookies taste better than any store-bought granola bar, plus they come together more quickly than drop cookies with no shaping required. Add your favorite mix-ins like pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit.

  • 06 of 20

    Apple Crisp

    Apple crumble

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    This simple and delicious apple crisp layers apples with a spiced oatmeal and butter mixture for a warming autumn-inspired dessert that tastes just perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Scale up the recipe to feed a crowd or enjoy as-is for a couple of servings.

  • 07 of 20

    Blueberry Crisp with Oat Crumble

    blueberry crisp with ice cream
    Diana Rattray

    Make the most of fresh summer blueberries with this delicious fruit crisp. Blueberries can range from super-tart to sweet, so you may want to adjust the amount of sugar depending on the fruit you have. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or really go for it and use both.

  • 08 of 20

    Oatmeal Pie

    Oatmeal Pie
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    An old-fashioned oatmeal pie fills a prepared pie crust with oats, sugar, butter, and vanilla for a dessert that tastes like if a bowl of oatmeal and pie came together. Some people call it a mock pecan pie, since it harkens back to when pecans were scarce.

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  • 09 of 20

    Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Oat Crust

    Pumpkin Pie With Oat Crust
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    The spiced oat crust in this simple pumpkin custard pie makes a nice change from a heavier, more complicated pastry pie crust. If you want it even lighter, leave out the pecans. Make sure you get pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, for this recipe.

  • 10 of 20

    Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

    Vegan Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

     The Spruce

    You'll never guess these pumpkin oatmeal cookies have no animal products because they come out so moist and flavorful. Applesauce keeps them soft and nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves give them a pumpkin pie-like taste.

  • 11 of 20

    Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oatmeal Cookies

    Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies

     Claire Cohen

    With peanut butter for nuttiness, mashed bananas for fruity flavor, a little maple syrup for sweetness, and oatmeal for a hearty texture, these vegan cookies will hit the spot. They have no refined sugar or dairy products, so try them if you want a healthier answer to your standard cookie.

  • 12 of 20

    Oatmeal Carmelita Bars

    Oatmeal Carmelitas

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    With a gooey chocolate and caramel layer, a crunchy crust, and crunchy pecans, these popular Carmelita bars appear on lots of bake sale menus for good reason. Watch the timer though: If you overbake them, the crust will get too hard and the caramel and chocolate won't stay soft. When the caramel bubbles around the edges, pull 'em out.

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  • 13 of 20

    Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cake

    apple cake is served
    Diana Rattray

    Chopped apples give this spiced oatmeal cake a lovely moist texture, while raisins and pecans add a little crunch. Feel free to omit those or swap them for other nuts and dried fruits, if you prefer. The cake doesn't need frosting, but a simple white glaze or dusting of powdered sugar would give it a pretty finish.

  • 14 of 20

    Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

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    © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

    With cherry filling and oatmeal streusel, this awesome pie is half fruit crisp, half classic cherry pie, and all around delicious. This recipe also includes plenty of customization: Buy frozen cherries if you can't get fresh, use a prepared pie crust if you don't want to make one, and use margarine if you need it to be dairy free.

  • 15 of 20

    Oatmeal Cream Pies

    oatmeal cream pies
    Leah Maroney

    Throw it back to childhood by making your own oatmeal cream pies. With a fluffy, creamy filling sandwiched between two sweet and chewy cookies, you can't do much better than these for your kid's lunchbox, a picnic sweet, or casual dessert.

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    Spiced Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

    vegan oatmeal cookies with spices and dried cranberries
    The Spruce

    With their thick and chewy texture, these vegan cranberry oatmeal cookies taste almost like a scone. They're hearty enough to eat a few for breakfast, if you feel like treating yourself. And they use no egg replacement, so they make a great start for those new to vegan baking.

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  • 17 of 20

    Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

    Chocolate Filled Oatmeal Bars
    Diana Rattray

    Sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips give the filling in these easy oat bars a nice creaminess that contrasts perfectly with the oat crust. Walnuts or pecans give them extra crunch, but you can leave them out if you don't care for nuts.

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    Peanut Butter and Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

    Easy chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies

    The Spruce

    If you love peanut butter and chocolate together, these no-bake cookies will do it for you. Lots of variations can help you make them your own, including tips for adding coconut, nuts, cocoa, and much more. Try them for a summer treat when you just can't stand turning on the oven.

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    Date Squares with Oat Crust

    Date Bars
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Dates have an earthy sweetness that tastes decadent, but they also bring lots of vitamins and soluble fiber. These sticky and crumbly bars go wonderfully alongside a cup of tea or coffee for a brunch or afternoon treat.

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    Raspberry Crumble Bars

    Raspberry Crumble Bars

    Diana Rattray

    A buttery crumb crust, sweet raspberry filling, and more crumbly filling on top give these layered bars a lovely contrast. Make a big batch—they go fast. You can swap out raspberry jam for strawberry or other flavors too, to use up what you have on hand.