A piping hot bowl of hearty oatmeal is a great way to kickstart your day on a chilly fall or winter morning. Oats are loaded with soluble fiber that have been shown to lower cholesterol levels. And if you don't have time to cook your oats, jump onto the overnight oats bandwagon, which allows you to have breakfast ready as soon as you wake up. Use Food & Wine's guide to find out how to incorporate oats into breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

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Baked Oatmeal

Cozy and deeply satisfying, this baked oatmeal gets extra richness from a bit of cream cheese. To boost its healthiness quotient, it’s studded with pears, blackberries and walnuts. Drizzle yours with maple syrup, honey or a little cream for extra sweetness. We love this dish both warm and cold. Slideshow: More Oatmeal Recipes 

Oatmeal Recipes

Sure, a hearty bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your morning and oatmeal cookies are delicious, but have you ever tried banana-walnut baked quinoa and oatmeal? How about a nectarine-and-plum crisp with oatmeal streusel? These recipes will inspire you to think beyond the plain bowl of breakfast oatmeal.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Soy Milk

Art Smith of Washington, DC's, Art and Soul restaurant says that eating breakfast speeds up his metabolism and also fuels his intense workouts. He swears by steel-cut oatmeal, which has an appealing chewy texture. Great Breakfasts

Mashed Banana & Whole-Grain Porridge

Making wheat berries for breakfast can require waking up before sunrise, since the grains take at least an hour to cook. But, thanks to new flash-freezing technology, excellent precooked whole grains like barley, quinoa and wheat berries are ready in the time it takes to brew coffee. F&W's Justin Chapple turns frozen grains into a porridge that's great with all kinds of toppings. Slideshow:  Whole Grain Breakfasts 

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