Add a boost of protein and creaminess to your morning bowl of oats with Greek yogurt! We already love our Greek yogurt overnight oats recipes, but you can stir Greek yogurt into hot oatmeal on the stovetop, too! This easy healthy breakfast recipe takes 10 minutes to make, requires 6 basic ingredients, and will keep you satisfied for hours thanks to the combination of protein and dietary fiber. Let’s go make breakfast!

green bowl with greek yogurt oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and a spoon of peanut butter

I’d like to nominate myself as president of the oatmeal fan club. My qualifications include eating oatmeal for breakfast nearly every day for 10 years, and creating over 60 recipes with oats for my blog.

While I adore a *fancier* oatmeal recipe (like my apple cinnamon steel cut oats or blueberry pie overnight oats), this oatmeal with Greek yogurt is the recipe I eat most often. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make and I can rely on it to keep me full until lunchtime.

I’ve been making versions of this Greek yogurt oatmeal since I was in graduate school to become a Registered Dietitian.

Greek yogurt is an affordable and widely available ingredient you can add to your oatmeal to boost the protein content. 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt adds 6 grams of protein per serving!

It also provides a rich and creamy texture.

This oatmeal recipe is vegetarian, nut free, and gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats.

I make it with old fashioned rolled oats because I prefer the chewier texture, but you could use quick oats or steel cut oats – just adjust the cooking time.

And while this recipe is for oatmeal cooked on the stovetop, you could certainly make oatmeal in the microwave, then stir in the Greek yogurt, to cut down even more on cooking time.

greek yogurt oatmeal ingredients measured out on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients

You need six basic ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: Old fashioned oats are the goldilocks of the oat world. They’re just right in the middle in terms of texture and cooking time, compared to quick oats and steel cut oats. They take 10 minutes or less to prepare and have a pleasant soft & chewy texture.
  • Chia seeds: I pretty much always add chia seeds to oatmeal. They don’t affect the flavor or texture, but they add valuable nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a little protein.
  • Greek yogurt: You’ll stir plain Greek yogurt into the cooked oatmeal until it is nice and creamy. My preference is to use reduced fat or full fat Greek yogurt for this recipe, but I’ve used nonfat plenty of times! You could totally use my homemade Greek yogurt here 🙂
  • Honey: This recipe benefits from a touch of sweetness, and the flavor of honey pairs nicely with both oats and Greek yogurt. Feel free to use maple syrup or brown sugar instead.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon brings a lovely warming flavor to this recipe.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavor of the oats, but is optional.
two bowls of greek yogurt oatmeal with banana slices, blueberries, and a spoon of peanut butter

Additional topping ideas

This oatmeal with Greek yogurt is yummy by itself, but oatmeal with toppings is always better! Here are some healthy oatmeal topping ideas that will add more flavor, texture, nutrition:

  • Fresh fruit: sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries, chopped apples, mango
  • Cooked fruit: stewed apples, poached pears, poached apples
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, dried cranberries, freeze dried strawberries, diced Medjool dates, coconut flakes
  • Nuts and seeds: toasted almonds, toasted pecans, walnuts, ground flax, pepitas
  • Nut butter: peanut butter, almond butter, cashews

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Small pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Step-by-step instructions

cooked oatmeal in a pot
1. Bring water to a boil in a pot on the stovetop. Add the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, and honey, and cook for 5-7 minutes until oats are chewy and thickened.
cooked oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yogurt in a saucepan
2. Remove from heat and add the Greek yogurt.
hands stirring Greek yogurt into a pot of oatmeal
3. Stir the Greek yogurt into the cooked oatmeal until creamy and well combined.
two green bowls with Greek yogurt oatmeal
4. Portion into two bowls, then add whatever toppings you like!

Storing cooked oatmeal

You can store cooked oatmeal in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container.

Reheat: Put the oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl and add a splash of water or milk. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until warmed through.

Oatmeal nutrition benefits

Oatmeal is a very healthy food to include regularly in your diet.

One cup of cooked oatmeal, or 1/2 cup uncooked, provides:

  • 4 grams of fiber (15% of your daily needs)
  • 5.3 grams of plant-based protein
  • 1.7 mg iron (9% of your daily needs)
  • 0.186 mg thiamin (16% of your daily needs)
  • 55.89 mg magnesium (13% of your daily needs)

Oatmeal is one of the best dietary sources of soluble fiber, a type of fiber that can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

The main type of soluble fiber in oats is beta-glucan, which is linked to health benefits including reduced cholesterol levels and supporting gut health.

green bowl with greek yogurt oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and a spoon of peanut butter

Greek yogurt nutrition benefits

Did you know Greek yogurt has nearly twice as much protein as regular yogurt?

A 7 ounce serving of Greek yogurt has 20 grams of protein, as well as other important nutrients:

  • 180 mcg vitamin A (20% of your daily needs)
  • 0.466 mg riboflavin (36% of your daily needs)
  • 0.940 mg pantothenic acid (19% of your daily needs)
  • 1.04 mcg vitamin B12 (43% of your daily needs)
  • 274 mg phosphorus (39% of your daily needs)
  • 24.8 mcg selenium (45% of your daily needs)

Read more about the nutrition benefits of Greek yogurt here!

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Quick & Healthy Stovetop Oatmeal with Greek Yogurt

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Add a boost of protein and creaminess to your morning bowl of oats with Greek yogurt! We already love our Greek yogurt overnight oats recipes, but you can stir Greek yogurt into hot oatmeal on the stovetop, too! This easy healthy breakfast recipe takes 10 minutes to make, requires 6 basic ingredients, and will keep you satisfied for hours thanks to the combination of protein and dietary fiber. Let’s go make breakfast!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt


Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot.
  2. Once boiling, add the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, and honey to the water. Reduce to medium heat.
  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until thickened and oats are tender.
  4. Remove from heat. Add the Greek yogurt and stir it in until well combined.
  5. Portion into two bowls for serving and add your favorite toppings!

Notes

Additional topping ideas

  • Fresh fruit: sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries, chopped apples, mango
  • Cooked fruit: stewed apples, poached pears, poached apples
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, dried cranberries, freeze dried strawberries, diced Medjool dates, coconut flakes
  • Nuts and seeds: toasted almonds, toasted pecans, walnuts, ground flax, pepitas
  • Nut butter: peanut butter, almond butter, cashews