The union of caffeine and oats seems like it should have happened long ago. Hearty rolled oats meet frothy milk for a thick, coffee-laden bowl of oatmeal that is the ultimate breakfast hybrid. Top it with granola for added protein, or add a splash of cocoa powder and dark chocolate for a mocha twist. Either way, this is a balanced, healthy meal to kick start your day.
Credit: Sara Tane

To sip or to spoon? That is the question. Oatmeal lattes have taken the Internet by storm, and we want in on the fun. Start your morning with a filling bowl of oats and a splash of strongly brewed coffee for a breakfast that will wake you up and fuel your day.

Since most of us don't have milk frothers and espresso machines, we found a way to bring the oatmeal latte to life, sans fancy equipment. By vigorously whisking the milk over low heat and brewing a stronger cup of joe, you get that same great flavor of a latte without having to invest in yet another kitchen tool. We topped ours with power granola, but you can easily enjoy it without the added frills. Take it to-go on a hectic morning, or sip it under the covers on a cozy, weekend in bed.

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons strongly brewed coffee

1. Brew a strong pot of coffee.
2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk milk vigorously until milk is frothy and nearly doubles in size, about 5 minutes.
3. Add oats to milk and let cook until oats have reached desired softness, about 3-5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, and stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
5. Pour into a mug or bowl and top with coffee. Stir or let sit for a few minutes to steep. 

Serves 2
CALORIES 262; FAT 6.6g (sat 2.8g, mono 2g, poly 1g); PROTEIN 11g; CARB 41g; FIBER 5g; SUGARS 14g; CHOL 15mg; IRON 2mg; SODIUM 568mg; CALC 237mg