For a while there we wondered if the weather would ever get chillier. Of course, summer and spring will always be something to look forward to, but let’s be honest: Food always feels so much heartier and delicious in the colder months. This is especially the case when it comes to a magical bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. If you’re a health food enthusiast, you will surely know all the countless ways you can mix up this breakfast classic. Oatmeal is anything but boring.

Luckily for us, we have an excuse to feature the grain today, because it’s National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal is great in so many ways. You can stir a no-fuss bowl up in the morning, pour some brown sugar and your preferred fruit of choice, or you can really mix it up. When we say there are endless options and varieties of oatmeal, we mean it. Heck, you don’t even need to prepare it in a bowl!

Here we’ve rounded up oatmeal, 7 ways – some of which you might know and others which might pleasantly surprise you.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies via Running With Spoons

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Instead of flour, boost your chocolate chip cookie’s nutritional value by adding oats (or oat flour). This just goes to show that you don’t have to give up your favorite snacks and desserts to be healthier, you just have to make smarter choices and substitutions! It doesn’t hurt that this variety is pumpkin-flavored, too.

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