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Bacon, truffle honey or banana cream pie oatmeal? This is definitely not your grandma's oatmeal recipe.

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Updated January 07, 2019 10:53 AM EST

Editor's note: This article was first published Jan. 30, 2018. We're bringing it back today in observation of National Oatmeal Month!

NEW YORK (CIRCA) — We've all had oatmeal at some point in our lives. While its health benefits are off the charts, let's be honest, compared to that bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, oatmeal sounds rather boring.

Ladies and gents, you are about to have your minds blown, because OatMeals in New York City is not only changing the breakfast game, but with more than 30 creative oatmeal dishes on the menu, it's helping oatmeal become a lunch, dinner and dessert favorite, too.

The story behind OatMeals is almost as interesting as its menu. Chef and founder Sam Stephens is just like (most) of us. As an undergraduate student, her love for food quickly caught up with her as she watched her "freshman 15" become the "freshman 30." In need of a new healthy lifestyle (but still on her student budget), she started eating oatmeal and experimenting with creative recipes to enhance what we all know as that basic bowl of oatmeal. Very quickly, oatmeal became not only a breakfast staple but lunch and dinner, too!

Eventually Stephens opened OatMeals in 2012, which now offers more than 30 signature sweet and savory oatmeal bowls and is showing people that it is anything but basic.

From Truffle RisOATto to Chinese Style Congee Porridge, Bacon Pumpkin to Banana Cream Pie, there is a bowl for whatever you might be craving. While the menu is frequently changing with seasonal selections, you can always customize your bowl with just about any ingredients you can imagine.

Oatmeal will never be boring again!

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