10/10/2012 09:15 am ET Updated Jan 13, 2016

These Oatmeal Recipes Are Worth Waking Up For

These aren't the wretched porridges of your childhood.

When it comes to breakfast rankings, oatmeal is pretty much at the bottom of the totem pole. Very few people actually want to eat oatmeal -- especially when pancakes and bacon are an option. It's just boring. But we eat it since it's good for our health.

Lucky for your health and palate, this is one problem you can easily fix with some creative oatmeal recipes. Put a fried egg on your oats and double up on protein. Or add a little bit of dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth (and it's good for us too). Make it with quinoa to get in your daily dose of protein. Check out the oatmeal recipes below, and never eat a boring bowl again.

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